How Jon Taffer created NFL Sunday Ticket and revolutionized sports entertainment

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Who is Jon Taffer?

American entrepreneur and TV personality Jonathan Peter ‘Jon’ Taffer was born in Great Neck, New York State USA, on November 7, 1954, making Scorpio his zodiac sign. He is known for a number of things, including for reality show host “Bar Rescue”, while probably best known for the concept of the NFL Sunday Ticket sports package that broadcasts National Football League (NFL) games not available on local affiliates; the program launched on September 4, 1994 on DirecTV and will switch to YouTube TV in September 2023.

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Education and early life

Jon was raised in Great Neck by his mother Yvette Taffer and father whose name is not disclosed; he hasn’t shared many details about his parents, nor has he talked about having siblings, which is why Jon thought he was an only child.

He attended William A. Shine Great Neck South High School, and mainly engaged in sports during his time there, especially football. Jon enrolled in 1972, then enrolled at the University of Denver, then transferred to a university in Los Angeles, California, graduating in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree.

Jon’s career

Jon started working as a bartender at Barney’s Beanery in West Hollywood in 1973, wanting to support himself financially while attending college; he was also a drummer in a local band at the same time.

He became the administrator of the nightclub The Troubadour in West Hollywood in 1978, and gained full control of it in 1981; this motivated Jon to become a bar owner, and he opened his first in 1989, patenting a method and device for selecting and playing music in the same year.

The NFL Sunday Ticket program package was launched in 1994, and Jon was instrumental in its distribution and marketing, leading him to serve on the board of NFL Enterprises for three years.

In 2010, he was named president of the Nightclub and Bar Media Group and subsequently inducted into the Nightclub Hall of Fame.

He published his first book “Raise the Bar: An Action-Based Method for Maximum Customer Reactions” in October 2013, in collaboration with author Karen Kelly.

Jon developed the nightclub management app BarHQ in November 2014.

He became the host of the CBS series “Face the Truth” in 2018, and in 2019, he hosted the reality show “Marriage Rescue”, in which he tried to save the marriages and relationships of 12 couples.

Jon today hosts his own podcast “No Excuses” where he interviews celebrities and talks about current events in sports and politics.

television shows

Jon is probably best known for producing and starring in all 242 episodes of the reality show “Bar Rescue,” created by Darrin Reed, which also stars PJ King and Mia Mastroianni. Airing since 2011, it follows Jon and his team of experts as they help bar owners save their failing establishments, and the show has been nominated for three awards.

Some of Jon’s recent talk show appearances have been on “Jesse Watters Primetime,” “Fox News Live,” and “Gutfeld!”

Youtube Channel

Jon’s YouTube channel “Bar Rescue” launched on February 3, 2021 and today has more than 420,000 subscribers to it, while all of his videos combined have nearly 450 million views; most of these are scenes from his “Bar Rescue” reality show, and we’re about to discuss Jon’s three most viewed YouTube videos as they have contributed to his popularity on the internet.

His #1 video “Most Jaw-Dropping Recon Discoveries | Bar Rescue” has over 7.2 million views as of August 12, 2020 and covers Jon’s most horrific discoveries since he started hosting the show “Bar Rescue”.

His second most popular video “4 Times Jon Taffer Walked Out (Compilation) | Bar Rescue” has over 7.2 million views as of July 12, 2019 and covers four bars that Jon gave up trying to fix.

His #3 video “The WORST Bartenders of Bar Rescue Season 6” has almost six million views as of July 25, 2020 and covers some of the worst bartenders Jon’s encountered while starring on the show “Bar Rescue”.

Love life and woman

Jon prefers to keep the details of his love life to himself, but it is still widely known that he has been married to American TV personality and social media star Nicole since April 4, 2000; she stars in the reality show ‘Bar Rescue’ with him today and usually goes to the bars first to see if Jon should help the owners or not.

This is Jon’s second marriage, but he has not spoken publicly about his ex-wife, so her name and occupation remain secret; he also has not shared the dates of their marriage and divorce, though their divorce is believed to have been finalized in 1998, and he is only known to have a daughter Samantha from the marriage.

Jon has been married to his second wife Nicole since April 2023 and has a daughter with his first wife.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Jon is interested in politics and in 2021 compared the US citizens receiving temporary unemployment benefits during the coronavirus pandemic to dogs kept hungry so they would obey; he eventually apologized for the statement. Jon also praised former US President Donald Trump’s economic policies while opposing the minimum wage increase, believing it will eventually lead to technology replacing restaurant workers.

Jon is very active on Instagram, as he has posted nearly 1,600 photos on the network, while today he is followed by almost 400,000 people; he has been active on Twitter since September 2010, has tweeted over 32,000 times and today has over 250,000 followers.

Jon is a huge fan of American actor and musician John Christopher ‘Johnny’ Depp II, and some of his favorite movies include the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise, ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

Height, eyes and wealth

Jon is 68 years old. He has brown hair and brown eyes, is 1.88 m tall and weighs about 92 kg.

Jon’s ability Estimated at over $14 million, as of April 2023.