Jets fans can remember the Green and White practicing for years in Hempstead. The highlight of my older kids' summer was going to a Jets practice and Jets Fest at Hempstead. However my younger kids know nothing from this because the Jets abandoned Long Island when they got their practice facility in NJ.
In 2011 the Jets announced a token practice night in Hofstra which they advertised as:
It's a night for the Jets and Long Island to reunite again. Don't miss it.
Then the Jets cancelled the practice because of unfounded concerns about the weather and gave the following press release on their website.
Due to the forecast of inclement weather, the New York Jets have cancelled today’s practice at Hofstra University. The team will return in 2012 for its annual training camp practice in Long Island.
In 2012 they announced in July that they could not work something out with Hofstra because of projects related to the Presidential Debate, so they switched family night to Met Life. In so doing they issued the following press release:
"We have had a great relationship with Hofstra University for many years and we understand the circumstances," the team said in a statement released this afternoon. "Based on the timing, the team has decided to move the August 21 practice to MetLife Stadium. Although we're sorry that the location of this year's practice needed to be change, we are committed to remaining connected to our Long Island fans."
This year's commitment to Long Island fans? Nothing. No practice, no meet and greet, no family night. Nothing.
Simply, the Jets have abandoned their LI fans. Now that they got the NJ practice facility they wanted, the Jets just don't care about their LI fan base.
And it shows.