Monday, March 15, 2010
Jets owner comments on coin toss
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson is still steaming over the process the NFL used to award the New York Giants the first regular-season game in the new Meadowlands Stadium.
The NFL flipped a coin to decide which tenant would have the honor Sept. 12. The Giants won. The league tried to soothe the Jets by giving them the first preseason game in August and the Monday night opener on Sept. 13.
Johnson released a statement Monday night to express his disappointment.
"An NFL coin toss has a few fundamental elements that are missing here, most notably the presence of the teams involved. That's how it's always done in the league, whether it’s determining the order of the draft or deciding who’s going to kick off the game. When the issue of which team would be hosting the first regular season game could not be resolved on the merits, I suggested a coin toss as the fairest way to resolve this issue. The league rejected that idea. Then, I was told on Friday that a coin toss had taken place at the league office and that the Jets had lost. We rejected a process in which neither team was present. The league departed from our time-honored tradition and declined the opportunity to set the matter straight with a transparent process."