Miami, Florida , United States
|| February 27, 1947
|Last Modifed||User 13|
Nov 12, 2003 04:44pm
|Info||Businessman and Restauranteur |
Jay Love, 56, was born on February 27, 1947 in Little Falls, New York. After graduating from Little Falls Senior High, he attended Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas and the University of Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, before entering the United States Air Force in January of 1969.
For three years, Jay was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, as a Cryptographic System Technician, where he received Top Secret Security Clearance. He was then transferred to Aviano Tactical Air Command Base in Aviano, Italy. He was Honorably Discharged in 1972 with the rank of Sergeant and moved back to his hometown. The same year, Jay opened the “Love Inn”, a restaurant that was later sold as a going concern (now called the Buena Vista Restaurant).
He moved to Miami-Dade County in 1978. In 1979, Jay became a financial planner with Investor’s Diversified Services (IDS) and achieved “Rookie of the Year” status in his first year. After several years in financial planning, Jay opened the first “Hooligan’s Pub” in the Dadeland Shopping Center in 1983 and further expanded the Hooligan’s chain to locations in Miami Lakes and the Briar Bay area. Hooligan’s has sponsored numerous boys and girls and men’s and women’s sport teams over the years as well as sponsoring many charitable organizations including Citizen’s Crime Watch, Miami-Dade Police (Pig Bowl), Metrozoo (Feast with the Beasts), Easter Seals Society and the American Cancer Society, to name a few.
In 1990, Jay took on the National Football League. The NFL was determined to stop satellite broadcasts of ALL football games in both commercial establishments AND in the homes of private citizens owning satellite dishes. In their initial action, the NFL targeted four commercial venues in the state of Florida, which included Hooligan’s. They were imposing fines of $100,000.00 per game on sports venues who continued to show games. Not wanting to engage in a court battle with the NFL that might be tied up for years, Jay organized a national boycott of Anheiser-Busch (Budwieser) products, one of the NFL’s top sponsors. Because of the pressure put upon the NFL through the boycott, the NFL dropped its action shortly in to the season. The end result was a huge victory; fours years later, in 1994, the NFL Ticket (a licensing agreement) was initiated making it possible to watch all NFL games for a reasonable price at commercial establishments AND in private homes.
A lifetime member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc, Jay and a few other members wanted to do something to let the American Soldiers overseas in “Operation Desert Storm” know they weren’t forgotten and would be welcome upon their return, something that many Vietnam veterans did not experience. Jay and his colleagues organized an aerial photograph of 10,000 people standing inside a chalk line in the shape of the United States at Harris F. The photo was made into a 25,000 postcards and sent to United States Military personnel stationed in Saudi Arabia.