The great thing about being filthy rich is that you can own your own sports team. The great thing about owning your own sports team is being well liked amongst the community, assuming your team is good. When you’re rich and own your own sports team, you get yourself a personal helicopter. That’s exactly what New Jersey Devils owner, Josh Harris, has done.
Harris knows how shitty parking can be when it comes to game day. It’s a traffic nightmare when thousands of people descend upon one little area. So what’s a man to do? He flys his damn copter to the game and parks it on a soccer field nearby even if a youth soccer game is about to be played.
Here is an email that a parent sent Deadspin:
My son’s U13 youth soccer team was supposed to play a game at 7:30 last night (Sunday, November 8th) on the field at Benedict’s Prep in Newark. As the two teams of U13 players from the STA 02 NPL and Cedar Stars Pre-Academy team got ready to take the field, a helicopter dropped down from the sky and landed right in the middle of the field. A security detail emerged from the helicopter and informed the boys and their coaches that NJ Jersey Devils owner, Josh Harris, had instructed them to land on the field and wait for him to return from the Prudential Center where the Devils were playing. The boys and their families waited in the cold until finally it became clear that Harris was running late and no one knew when he might return to pick up his ride. Eventually, the coaches decided to call the boys’ game and everyone went home disappointed, frustrated and annoyed. I am not sure when or if Harris ever showed up to remove his helicopter from the field, but I hope that he had a great night. There are a number of 12 year olds and youth soccer fans who did not — because of Harris’s selfish behavior.
This isn’t the first time Harris has used the soccer field as his own parking lot, either. He did it last season as well.
Harris did, however, issue an apology and offered the families a chance to attend an upcoming game on him. Sort of a genius move. Gives the man some good PR and these families spend money at the concession stands. Win-win for ol’ Harris..