Thursday, March 18, 2010
Jets owner downplays coin-flip flap
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson has tried to clarify his criticism of the NFL's private coin flip used to decide the New York Giants would host the regular-season opener in the new Meadowlands Stadium.
Monday night's snippy news release the Jets distributed on Johnson's behalf backfired. It came off as whiny, confrontational and perhaps counterproductive to the Jets' and Giants' joint bid to land the 2014 Super Bowl.
Johnson insisted he was not questioning NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's integrity, even though the statement came off as just that.
"He and I just disagree, and we have disagreed in the past and probably in the future as well," Johnson told New York Times reporter Judy Battista. "I never directed anything towards Roger. Just the process we were talking about, not Roger."
Johnson rejected the notion his coin-flip protest could spoil the Super Bowl deal.
"After I've spoken to those owners we'll see whether we can resolve our disagreement. Owners disagree all the time," Johnson said. "We do agree on big-picture items most of the time, and I think we’ll do that here."
Giants co-owner John Mara didn't seem overly offended.
"We will continue to work with the Jets to formulate a bid and presentation that will make the best case for New Jersey and New York to host the Super Bowl in 2014," Mara said in a statement. "Our partnership has produced a great new home field for both teams and their fans, and we hope to bring the Super Bowl and all of its tremendous benefits to the region."