Jets Bring The Game (And Their Social Strategy) To Facebook

The New York Jets, with help from Arkadium, have entered the social gaming space on Facebook, with the launch of Ultimate Fan.
From rooting for their favorite team to predicting game scores to holding a virtual tailgate with fans all over the country, there is a component of the game for everyone, no matter which team people are cheering on.
“The Jets have embraced digital marketing on a number of levels,” said Matt Higgins, the Jets’ executive vice president of business operations. “We’ve tweeted our draft picks as they were officially announced at Radio City and created a viral video-based sweepstakes in which one fan got the chance to lead the team out of the tunnel at a game last season. This application is yet another aggressive move into building out the digital side of our brand.”
Ultimate Fan is the first revenue-generating Facebook application to be backed by any pro sports team. However some hard core gamers may not find what they’re looking for here. According to, Ultimate Fan’s biggest draw will most likely be the Prediction feature that allows players to guess the outcome of the NFL season games (down to final score) for Fan Points. recommends EA Sports’ Madden NFL Superstars, also on Facebook, which has many similar features and gives players the chance to test their skills managing a football team.

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. Slowly but surely, sports franchises are starting to realize that geography means less and less in engaging fans.
    Once upon a time, the conventional wisdom held that physical proximity was an important component for sports fans to “bask in the reflected glory” of their teams. With custom subscription satellite TV, online chatrooms/forums, SM platforms and games like the Ultimate Fan, fans can experience the sense of inclusion and association with a team without having to live nearby.
    Teams can no longer rule over their provincial fiefdoms the way local beer companies used to. Teams have got to stand for something more than simply being synonymous with the sport in that city.

  2. Now if the Jets can pull of another run like last season then this could really be big for them!