NY Jets' Owner Woody Johnson to the NFL: Scheduling Affects Jewish Holidays

Andy RAnalyst IApril 17, 2009

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - JANUARY 21: New York Jets owner Woody Johnson addresses the media during a press conference announcing Rex Ryan as the new Head Coach of the New York Jets at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on January 21, 2009 in Florham Park, New Jersey.  (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images)

(This article is based on opinions of unnamed Jewish NFL fans and is in no way meant to cause any harm to any religion.)

Yes, Woody Johnson has again pulled another stellar move in an effort to make his team that much better.

He didn't sign any big name players nor did he make a blockbuster trade.

He simply complained about NFL scheduling affecting two consecutive Jewish holidays. One game against the Patriots in Week Two is on Rosh Hashanah. The other is Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement, the following week against the Titans.

Yup, if he gets his wish, he could increase his total attendance a whopping five percent for the night. You can't miss out on that kind of cash.

Now, I want to make it clear that I am not bashing the Jewish religion or any other religion whatsoever. But when exactly did religious affiliations have anything to do NFL scheduling?

The NFL has hosted games on holidays such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year's Day. Do I hear any complaints about that? Not really.

Why should the NFL change their schedule because a small percentage of the Jewish population can't attend a game? Last time I checked, there are a total of eight home games and people can buy tickets to any one of those games.

If people of the Jewish faith have to be home before sundown, they watch the games on TV like over 90 percent of the United States population. It's not that big of a deal.

The person that complained about this whole ordeal wasn't even of Jewish faith. It was an owner! Why this is getting so much attention is ridiculous.

If this is such a problem, why haven't the Jewish population created an uproar about this? They haven't and many of them realize it's not the end of the world. They realize it's just another stupid attempt by an owner to get extra revenue.

If the NFL changes the schedule, every other religious affiliation should be allowed their own input in making the NFL schedule.

If the NFL has games on Halloween, should an owner purpose a change for that week so Wiccans can attend the game? If the game is played on Halloween, Wiccans can't properly have their big feast and prepare the send off of their loved ones passing.

If the NFL has games on any Sunday, maybe an owner should complain that the christian God demands rest on Sunday and making people at the stadium work is preposterous.

It is understandable that some fans may be displeased, but if any of you had any idea how hard it is to make an NFL schedule, you wouldn't be complaining. It's a job that takes months of planning and as always, it's destined to fail in some aspect.

Bringing in religion into NFL scheduling will create havoc for one religion any way you look at it. You can't please everyone. Just play the game.

I want to hear other people's opinions on this subject. For those of you that disagree, how can we change this current crisis?


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