Jewish Journal


April 17, 2009

Jets home schedule forgets about the Jews



J-E-T-S—Jets! Jets! Jets! Or so the cheer goes. But maybe somebody in New York needs to learn how to spell Jews.

When the NFL season schedule was released yesterday, Gary Stern found that a quarter of the New York Jets’ home games—that’s two of eight—overlap with the holiest days of the Jewish year. Stern writes:

The Jets’ home opener is on Rosh Hashanah and their second game, also at home, will end on the eve of Yom Kippur.

The NFL offices are in NYC, so you would think someone there knows that there are a lot of Jews in New York.

Jets owner Woody Johnson isn’t happy. In a letter to the league, he wrote: “I am extremely disappointed with the league’s decision to schedule us to play at home on consecutive Sundays that are in direct conflict with the Jewish High Holy Days. There has long been an understanding that neither the Jets not the Giants fans should have to bear completely the brunt of this issue since we are in the largest Jewish market in the country.”

Unlike the Jets, the New York Giants thought ahead and requested road games for those two days.

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