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NFL Moves Start of Jets Game After Johnson Sends Letter

The NFL was feeling the heat from the Jets about having to play home games on consecutive Jewish holidays. So to appease the team, the league has moved up the start time of the game against the Titans on September 27th.

The league made the change Friday, rescheduling the 4:15 start to 1 p.m. a day after owner Woody Johnson sent a letter to commissioner Roger Goodell suggesting the switch to allow fans to arrive home before sundown on Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement.

The Jets’ home opener against New England is 1 p.m. on Sept. 20th, which falls during Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

“By changing the time of the Tennessee game from 4:15 p.m. to 1 p.m., the NFL has provided the best compromise to resolve our scheduling conflict,” Johnson said in a statement issued by the team. The Jets owner also thanked Goodell and Howard Katz, the league’s senior vice president of broadcasting and media operations, for their prompt response.

Jets officials called the league offices first on Wednesday to express their concern, and Johnson followed with a formal letter Thursday.

In the letter to Goodell, Johnson wrote: “There has long been an understanding that neither the Jets nor the Giants fans should have to bear completely the brunt of this issue since we are in the largest Jewish market in the country.”


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