holidays, Judaism, Sports

Big win for Jewish Jets fans

Well not really… though its nice to hear that the NFL has decided to accommodate it’s Jewish fans.

Earlier last week, my mother informed me (yes my mother, because she knows this stuff interests me) that the NFL’s New York Jets (football) had expressed concerns to the league that the scheduling of consecutive home games on Jewish holidays.

It was suggested by Jets owner Woody Johnson in a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to switch to allow fans to arrive home before sundown on Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement on Sunday Sept. 27. The league obliged and instead of the original 4:15 p.m. start time, the Jets will begin their game with the Tennessee Titans at 1:05 p.m. The earlier start time will hopefully give Jewish Jets fans enough time to return home before sundown (6:26 p.m.) to begin the holiday.

The Jets home opener is on Sunday Sept. 20 during Rosh Hashanna.

I don’t live in New York but I do know that football games are about four hours long and traffic getting out of the stadium is insane. Therefore, I don’t know how fans are gonna realistically get home in time. I guess they could hope for the Jets to get blown out and go home early (now we’re being realistic with the Jets 😉

But regardless, good for the Jets to stick up for their Jewish fans. I’ve never heard of such a request being granted and accepted (not according to the letter sent by the Jets owner)  and it must create some sort of precedent when requesting to move game times.

While Jewish Jets fans can rejoice, I can’t say the same for those from Pittsburgh or Cincinnati. Because of the granted request, the NFL has moved the Steelers-Bengals game in Cincinnati to 4:15 p.m. from the originally set time of 1:05p.m. to accommodate broadcast patterns.

This whole time change thing is also responsible for this outrage below. I laughed so hard watching it.


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