NY Jets - The Other NJ Football Team
With many critics and civic groups -- and 58 percent of the public -- unswayed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg's cheerleading for a new Jets stadium-cum-convention-center, the team's president, Jay Cross, sent his architects back to their workstations to fashion a more palatable icon.
The result, unveiled Wednesday, has more allure than its predecessor, but still may not be stunning enough to win over those who believe that an urban stadium is likely to be a traffic-thickening, neighborhood-deadening, money sinkhole.
Tip to Acting Governor Codey: the people of New York do not want to get involved with a taxpayer money sinkhole - even when the team bares the name of their city and state. New Yorkers may be on to something. They keep their teams and have New Jersey pick up the tab. Let’s not fall for this scam a second time.
Tip to New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority executives: Point the Giants and Jets to the existing New Jersey football stadium in the Meadowlands and then point them to the non-existent stadium in New York. Ask them where they prefer to play – in a stadium in New Jersey or a parking lot in New York? Wish them luck if they threaten to move to another area of the country.
Tip to the Giants and Jets: There are a finite number of metropolitan areas with a population large enough to support a professional football team. All currently have a team with the exception of L.A. Los Angeles has proven it will not support a team – Rams and Raiders ring a bell? How much is a football team worth if it has nowhere to play? Two football teams looking for a home simultaneously isn’t what we would call a position of strength.