Over the years, we have seen several car dealerships offer to give away free stuff if their local NFL team shuts out its opponent. Jet Chevrolet, located about 25 miles outside Seattle, was one of those dealerships this year. Perhaps they did not realize how good their Seahawks really are.
Prior to Seattle’s game against the New York Giants, Jet Chevrolet promised to shell out $420,000 for 12 lucky recipients to split equally if the Seahawks managed to shut out the New York Giants. Your final score? 23-0, good guys.
“This is crazy,” said Jim Johnson, one of the owners of the dealership, according to ESPN.com. “We never expected that we’d actually be giving away the money.”
Fortunately, the giveaway will only cost the dealership the $7,000 they had to pay to insure the promotion. But still, the Giants have not been shut out at home since Week 1 of the 1995 season. A Washington, D.C. car dealership ran a similar promotion when the Redskins faced the Giants last season, and they got away with it.
Jet Chevrolet’s contest ran from Wednesday to Saturday and was open to anyone who wanted to enter. Those who bought a car and entered the contest received 100 entries. Now, 12 lucky winners will be taking home $35,000 each.
To make matters worse, Johnson said the dealership wanted to run the promotion earlier this season when the Seahawks faced the San Francisco 49ers, but pushed it back to make sure everything was in accordance with state law. The Niners scored three points against Seattle in Week 2 and 19 in Week 14, so Jet Chevrolet would not have been shelling out $420K. Or, should we say, the insurance company would not have had to dish out the cash. Oh well, that’s what they’re there for.