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Jets To Play 1st Thanksgiving Game In New Stadium??

Though no official announcement has been made, by  process of elimination, all signs point to a Thanksgiving Day game featuring the Detroit Lions and the visiting New England Patriots.

From left, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Jets owner Woody  Johnson and Giants Co-Owner John Mara might have a few awkward moments  the next time they are all in the same room.

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From left, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Jets owner Woody Johnson and Giants Co-Owner John Mara might have a few awkward moments the next time they are all in the same room.

With the New York Daily News’ report that the New York Jets will accept the NFL’s offer to host the Thanksgiving Day night game, the only other possible opponent for the Lions is New England.

As Mike Florio of NBC Sports explains, per network contracts, at least one AFC team must be playing in the Lions’  Thanksgiving game, to be broadcast on CBS. The only AFC opponents the Lions will play at home next season are the Patriots and the Jets, pointing to a Tom Brady-Matthew Stafford matchup at Ford Field on Nov. 25.

It will be the third Thanksgiving Day game between the two teams since 2000.  The Lions won the first meeting 34-9, with the Patriots evening the score by beating the Lions 20-12 in 2002.  The official announcement, including the Jets’ opponent on Thanksgiving, will be on Monday. The NFL will release the full regular season schedule in mid April.

Until then, here are the Lions’ 2010 opponents:

Home: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, St. Louis Rams

Away: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Giants To Jets: Heads We Win, Tails You Lose

The Coin Toss Heard ’Round the Meadowlands

From the time the Jets abandoned their plans for a stadium within the city proper and agreed to go halfsies with the Giants on a new facility at the Meadowlands, we’d assumed that their respective owners would be too busy jumping around in piles of money to quarrel over the logistics of their shared ownership arrangement. But that’s not quite how it’s playing out.

Technically, the current squabble over who gets to host the first regular-season game at the Meadowlands isn’t between the two teams, but between the Jets and the league over the coin toss the NFL used to give the game to the Giants. (To bring you up to speed, if you haven’t been following along: Both teams wanted to host the first game, so the Jets suggested a coin flip to decide who’d get it. The NFL told them no, then flipped a coin anyway, without representatives of either team present. The Giants won the coin toss and will host the first game, with the Jets playing at home on Monday Night Football the following day.) Woody Johnson’s irked over the process — and the Giants are predictably pleased — but Johnson knows that more than a coin flip was at stake.

The Jets want to establish early and often that the Giants aren’t the primary tenants in the new building, as they were often perceived to be in the old place. Hosting the first game would be symbolic more than anything — they’ll get plenty of exposure on the Monday-night game, after all — but it would give them a chance to celebrate having a stadium they can kind of call their own, and to remind people (in case they needed to be reminded) that this as-yet-unnamed venue is their home, too.

Jets Owner Woody Johnson 'Outraged' Over NFL Coin Flip for New Stadium OpenerNew York Jets owner Woody Johnson signs autographs for fans in Florham Park, N.J., Wednesday, May 17, 2006. Jets players and team executives were in Florham Park to celebrate the town’s being picked as the site for the Jets’ new training facility. (AP Photo / Mike Derer)

Giants Get Home Opener; Jets Get MNF Opener

The New York Giants and New York Jets will both host games at their new home, Meadowlands Stadium, on the opening weekend of the 2010 regular season.

The Giants will play Sunday afternoon, September 12, and the Jets will play the following day in the first nationally televised Monday Night Football game of the season. Opponents will be announced soon, as the league is still completing the 2010 schedule.

New York Jets players take to the field for their final regular  season game at Giant Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, January 3,  2010 file photo. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine

After deciding to have both teams play at home on opening weekend, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell resolved the issue of which team plays first with a coin flip.  Woody  Johnson has long been trying to get the Super Bowl to come to New York and the New York Daily News is reporting that Johnson’s sudden public outrage at Goodell may put the possibility of the big game coming to the Big Apple in jeopardy.

Goodell flipped the coin last Friday with his staff at the NFL office, then notified both teams.  But shouldn’t there have been at least one representative from each team been there to witness it?

In addition, the NFL announced that the Jets will host the first NFL game at the new stadium during the preseason in August.  That still does not sit well with Jets fans.  Jets fans took a back seat to Giants fans in Giants Stadium and it seems it is happening all over again.

LT: Minnesota Down, Heading To NY & The Jets

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As it turns out, L.T. could be returning to the Meadowlands.

Not the original L.T., who played for the Giants.  The new L.T., the nine-year veteran tailback and 2006 NFL MVP who is perched at eighth place on the all-time rushing list.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Tomlinson is scheduled to visit the Jets on Friday, if no deal is consummated in Minnesota.   L.T. was last seen leaving Minnesota with a Vikings jersey.

But if the Jets weren’t willing to pay Thomas Jones $5.8 million for 2010, they likely won’t cough up big money for L.T.  (It’s also possible that the Jets had a chance to pay Jones the same two-year, $5 million package he received from the Chiefs; if they opted not to do so, it’s unlikely that they would make a similar offer to Tomlinson.)  Have to love the Jets.

Apart from the money, Tomlinson wouldn’t be overshadowed by any of the team’s other running backs in New York, and he possibly could set himself up to make a bunch of extra cash in the many off-field opportunities that the Big Apple presents.  Think about L.T.’s face all over Times Square?  Will it still be Revis Island or LaDainian Square?  Also, the Jets climbed as far as the Vikings did in 2009 — and there’s every reason to believe they’ll be right in the thick of things in 2010.

And if playing the Chargers is a factor, it’s a wash in either city; both the Jets and the Vikings are next scheduled to play San Diego in 2011.  (Of course, either or both teams could play the Chargers in the 2010 postseason.)

Either way, the Vikings have gotten the first crack at signing L.T. — and the key factors remain price tag and buy-in by L.T. regarding his second-fiddle role to Adrian Peterson.

Jets negotiate return of summer training camp to SUNY Cortland

Credit   Mark Weiner / The Post-Standard

February 16, 2010, 9:15AM

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Gary Walts / The Post-Standard(Left to right) Brandon Renkart, Danny Woodhead and Eric Smith practice at New York Jets summer training camp Aug. 9 at SUNY Cortland.

Washington — The New York Jets want about $200,000 from state economic development agencies or other sources to offset the cost of bringing their training camp back to SUNY Cortland this summer, according to U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer.

Jets owner Richard “Woody” Johnson discussed the need for financial aid with Schumer in a recent phone conversation about the National Football League team’s plans for this year’s camp, the senator said.

Schumer said he talked to Johnson because the Jets and SUNY Cortland are in the middle of negotiating to bring the team back to Cortland this summer — and possibly for a long-term deal.

The senator said the success of last year’s training camp — which attracted 34,000 fans and pumped about $4.26 million into the local economy — convinced him to support a new agreement with the team that fell one playoff win shy of a trip to the Super Bowl.

“I’m committed to keeping the Jets training camp in Cortland,” Schumer said. “It’s a great economic boost to the community, and if this past season is any indication, then it’s obviously good for Jets football.”

The Jets moved their training camp from Florham Park, N.J., to SUNY Cortland last summer, in part to escape the glare and distractions of training in the New York City metropolitan area.

Schumer said he told Johnson he would urge the state Economic Development Corp. to provide the necessary aid this year, especially since most campus upgrades for the Jets have been completed.

The college spent $545,604 to improve facilities and host the team last summer. Most of the money, $410,000, was provided through an Empire Development Grant from the state.

The largest expense for the college was a $240,000 project to improve the entrance to the stadium complex and its parking lot. The Jets paid for the installation of a natural-grass practice field.

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Stephen D. Cannerelli / The Post-StandardNew York Jets fans crowd around the field at SUNY Cortland Aug. 6 for the annual Green and White scrimmage.

Schumer said the $200,000 requested by the Jets this year is for the operational costs of the camp. The Jets pay for their meals, transporting their equipment, players and other costs.

Neither the Jets nor SUNY Cortland officials would confirm the $200,000 figure.

“We have not elaborated beyond saying we definitely enjoyed our time in Cortland,” said Jets spokesman Bruce Speight.

SUNY Cortland spokesman Peter Koryzno also declined to discuss specific details of the negotiations, but said, “We’re looking to have something in place next month.”

“We’re just talking right now,” Koryzno said. “We are looking at things we provided and things they provided, and we’re seeing if we can improve things.”

He added, “Our goal from the very beginning was to provide a setting for the players and coaches and fans that would make for a successful experience for everyone.”

Koryzno said one minor complication this year is a rehabilitation project at the college’s Studio West, the building where the team had player meetings and offices for the coaches. He said the college will find a different building for the team to use during the one-year project.

State officials were not available to comment on the Jets’ request for additional aid.

New York’s two other professional football teams train Upstate, but neither one currently receives financial aid from state or local governments.

The Buffalo Bills, who have trained for the past 10 years at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, have never asked for public money for their summer camp, said Steve Salluzzo, the college’s director of auxiliary enterprises.

The New York Giants, who have trained at SUNY Albany for 14 years, initially benefited from a state investment of $2.3 million for renovations and permanent improvements to campus facilities. The money was from a SUNY construction fund.

For the first seven years until 2003, the Albany Times Union newspaper agreed to be a business sponsor of the Giants and paid most of the approximately $175,000 needed to operate the camp.

After the newspaper ended that arrangement, the Giants agreed to pick up the operational costs.

Karl Luntta, a spokesman for SUNY Albany, said the college is negotiating a new agreement with the Giants this year.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s support for new Jets-Giants stadium bolsters 2014 Super Bowl bid

Credit:  Gary Meyers of the Daily News

FORT LAUDERDALE – It might not be a bad time to start saving up for tickets for Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014, because who knows how much they will cost by then. The venue: the Giants‘ and Jets’ new $1.7 billion stadium that opens for football in the fall.

Momentum is starting to build for the first Super Bowl in the Northeast and the first in a cold-weather climate in an open-air stadium.

The competition for the Meadowlands is Miami, Tampa and Glendale, Ariz. The Super Bowl is being played today in Miami for the second time in the last four seasons and a record 10th time in the first 44 games. Tampa had the Super Bowl twice in the last decade and Glendale had it just two years ago.

The vote is less than four months away and the longshot candidate from the greatest city in the world could be emerging as the favorite.

Roger Goodell‘s strong show of support Friday at his state-of-the-league news conference, with many NFL owners in attendance, is a real positive sign for the bid. It never hurts to have the commissioner on your side, even though he does not have a vote.

There will be a faction of owners who will get hung up on the weather and vote against the Super Bowl on Broadway, but in the end it’s likely that the respect for the late Wellington Mara, who helped make the league what it is today with his unselfish decision back in the early 1960s to endorse sharing network television money, and the late Robert Tisch, will get New York the votes.

The owners know how important it is for the Maras, Tisches and Woody Johnson to be awarded the Super Bowl in their new stadium, and the NFL has an unwritten policy: Build a state-of-the-art stadium and the Super Bowl will come.

So, my instincts tell me New York will be get the Super Bowl that will be played four years from now when the secret ballots are counted May 24-26 in Dallas.

But what about the fans? Is it fair to them to make them sit outside on a February evening? The corporate types may not want to rough it, but the average fan in the metropolitan area is pretty hearty.

Jon Tisch, the co-chairman of the committee to get the bid, revealed to the Daily News elements of the plan to deal with inclement weather as it relates to fan comfort:

– Heated open concourses.

– Fire pits in the parking lot for tailgaters.

– Hand and feet warmers.

– Blankets.

– Thermal socks.

– Self-warming seat cushions.

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Steve Tisch (from l.), John Mara and Woody Johnson should start preparing to host Super Bowl at their new stadium in 2014.

Even for 82,500 fans, that still comes out a lot cheaper than the $400 million-$500 million it would have cost to put a roof on the stadium.

Yesterday’s Stadium Tour Afterthought

OK, I just feel the need to get this out.  After yesterday’s tour you can see that attending a professional sports event in this new day is truly catered to the corporate/high priced fan base.  The Coaches Club and Coaches Club prime areas are where the most expensive seats and PSL’s are.  Not just the access to field level watching behind the Jets bench, but the other amenities and dining opportunities seem to make the game going on a second reason to attend the game.  There is so much going on and so many decisions to make over carving stations, sushi, brick oven pizza, and other new choices.  The seats are plusher, the screns are larger, and so are the prices.  Corporate sponsors have their own booths and rooms just for their employees and guests.  For the casual fan you will have more food opportunities, but at the same level.  In this new era of sports, you have to pay if you want to play, even as a fan.

It is feeling more and more like the Roman Colosseum.  For those who have the money and can afford the best seats, you will be at the bottom on field level.  For those who are hurting in a down economy, unemployed, or just do not feel like giving the organization their hard earned money will be located at the top of the stadium.  Country Clubs have operated in a similar fashion. The more you pay for your membership, the better the benefits and surroundings.  In this day and age. there are no lengths these team owners will go to to attract the almighty dollar.  It is no longer about the average fan.  The average fan comes to the stadium to watch & enjoy the game and maybe have a beer and hot  dog.  The new fan is the one who looks at the stadium as a place to have dinner, go to a bar, maybe network for work or obtain business, and oh yeah, see a game that just so happens to be going on.  Guess which fan they REALLY want? Oh, the average fan does get something in their seats you do not get in the plush stadium seats……cup holders.

N.Y. Giants, Jets Must Defend Suit Over Stadium Seat Licenses

By David Voreacos    credit Bloomberg.com

Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) — The New York Giants and Jets must defend a breach-of-contract claim by a fan forced to buy personal seat licenses to finance a new $1.6 billion stadium, a judge ruled in also throwing out three related claims.

U.S. District Judge Peter Sheridan dismissed antitrust, consumer-fraud and unjust enrichment claims by Harold Oshinsky, while raising questions as to whether Oshinsky’s contract claim will survive. Oshinsky, a retired businessman, has held season tickets for both National Football League teams for 24 years.

Oshinsky claims it’s unfair to force fans to pay as much as $20,000 for the right to buy each Giants seat and up to $25,000 to buy each Jets seat. The teams play in Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and are using the licenses to help pay for a nearby stadium that will open for the 2010 season.

“We’re trying to prove that the season ticket holders had a right to renew that was essentially taken away from them without any compensation,” Andrew Friedman, Oshinsky’s lawyer, said yesterday in an interview. “They’ve stopped allowing you to renew unless you buy a personal seat license.”

Sheridan said Oshinsky, who sued the teams in March, can pursue his contract claim through the pre-trial gathering of evidence. He said Oshinsky may depose three witnesses within 60 days and conduct other discovery to help build his case.

Mixed Bag

“The exact parameters” of Oshinsky’s “renewal rights (if any) will be defined, and only then can a determination be made as to whether those renewal rights have been breached” by imposing the licenses, Sheridan ruled Nov. 17 in Newark, New Jersey.

Pat Hanlon, a Giants spokesman, declined to comment. Jets spokesman Bruce Speight had no immediate comment on the ruling.

Oshinsky seeks to proceed as a group, or class-action, lawsuit. The ruling is “kind of a mixed bag,” said Friedman, of Glancy Binkow & Goldberg LLP in New York.

“I’m disappointed in the dismissal of the consumer and antitrust claims,” Friedman said. “I’m pleased that we’re allowed to go forward.”

In his 19-page opinion, Sheridan said Oshinsky claims he has two contracts with the teams: a right to buy tickets to all pre-season and regular season home games at an established location; and an implied “renewal right” to continue buying this bundle of tickets in perpetuity.

Renewal Rights

This alleged renewal right is the “central feature” in the dispute, according to the judge. The issue is “not whether renewal rights can exist at all, but whether they exist under the particular facts of this case,” wrote the judge.

By buying six contiguous Giants seats in Section 130 and four contiguous Jets seats in Section 131 for the past 24 years, Oshinsky “may possess a valuable implied right to renew his season tickets at both the existing stadium and the new stadium,” according to the opinion.

At this stage, it would be “inappropriate” to determine whether periodic disclaimers on Giants and Jets tickets has “waived or forfeited his renewal rights,” the judge wrote.

While the teams argue that the “express licensing agreement on the back of individual tickets trumps any renewal rights implied through the parties’ conduct,” Sheridan said he wouldn’t rule yet on that question.

“The licensing agreement on the back of individual tickets deals only with an individual game; it says nothing of the separate right to renew season tickets to all games,” Sheridan wrote. That agreement “may not bear up on long term renewal rights,” according to the judge.

Sordid History

Sheridan said he can’t yet rule on a breach of those rights, nor pass judgment on how the teams do business.

They “must ordinarily be permitted to increase ticket prices to keep pace with inflation, absorb the high cost of high salary talent or, as in this particular case, defray the costs of building a new stadium,” wrote the judge.

The judge, citing another legal opinion, said “it is common knowledge that professional sports franchisees have a sordid history of arrogant disdain for the consumers of this product.”

He also quoted another ruling, saying “whatever else might be said about professional football in the United States, it does seem to breed a hardy group of fans who do not fear litigation combat.”

The case is Oshinsky v. New York Football Giants Inc., 2:09-cv-01186, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey (Newark).

To contact the reporter on this story: David Voreacos in Newark, New Jersey at dvoreacos@bloomberg.net.

Last Updated: November 21, 2009 00:01 EST

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NY Jets New Meadowlands Stadium Tour 11-21-2009

Today Anthony and I had the chance to get a tour of the new stadium currently under construction. As we walked inside we were brought up to the 50 Club in the old stadium to sign waivers so that the Jets or the construction company were not responsible if we hurt ourselves on site. They were offering up the construction hats we wore and other items for those who purchased PSL’s. We were all given Jets hard hats, Neon Orange mesh vests and protective glasses. We were given a personal tour just the four of us. We were held back frm the first group because of the video camera we brought. We could not take it in but still managed to get some great shots.

Anthony and I with our wives Gina & Kim. We were rushed through most of it because they had to keep the groups moving but there wasn’t much to see as of yet since the majority of the work is still not finished. The only thing really new to see was the turf they just laid down this week. They are going to have tours going into the spring. The corner video screens are F’N HUGE!!!!! It was a very surreal experience seeing the new stadium in the shadow of the old stadium. Another interesting view was the old stadium through the slots in the new stadium.

Football has come into the 21st Century. The venues now resemble country clubs inside some areas more than sports arenas. Carving stations, bars, restaurants, posh leather seating in some internal areas. The more you pay the more perks you get. The less you pay, then you are just an average fan to them. If you think I am wrong, let me know.

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Getting Caught Up

Good evening one and all. It has been a while since I have been on here. Getting my first job in retail to pay the bills has been more tiring than i thought. But a paycheck is a paycheck these days. I am sure I do not have to say anything about the Jets season so far. Rex Ryan said they were a 4-5 team right now on the Michael Kay show on 1050 ESPN Radio this week. The Jets in my opinion have been the same old Jets. All hype and no bite. This roller coaster seems to have more valleys that hills to climb. Guess it is just a little to hard to get over the hill right now. Sanchez needs to step up his game and sharpen his game. Too many interceptions and blown chances. Even with Edwards, the receiving line is hurting. No one is stepping up their game. Let us all hope at some point they can make us all proud to be Jets fans.

Filming at the games has been limited this year due to rain. Anthony and I finally got to our first game this past weekend. Good stuff and as always we were at Sal and Carmine’s. They set up for Thanksgiving dinner at the tailgate. All the trimmings plus some of the usual tailgate food. The fried bananas were great! Received an e mail from the Jets yesterday extending an invitation to take a tour of the new stadium. They have been setting up tours for those interested in getting seats in the new stadium. I am using this as a chance to not just see it, but to film it. They also promised 2 tickets to a game this season. If they can not sell them, why not give them away. Great opportunity at a great time.

Going to be sitting down with Sal and Carmine in the next few weeks. Will also have updates from people I sat down with last year. Have to get into post production mode on a few things and get some others started. Will also be working on some new projects soon.

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