Jon Mara ‘Unhappy’ Plays Giants on New Year’s Eve

The Giants didn’t want to play the Cowboys, or anyone else, at home on Sunday night or Monday night in the third week of this season.

They asked the NFL to fulfill this request. The NFL did not. As a result, the Giants play their only “Monday Night Football” match for the 2022 season on September 26 at MetLife Stadium and no Jewish fan wishing to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Rosh Hashanah would be able to attend that heated match. NFC East competition.

“I’m well aware of that and I’m not happy with it,” Giants co-owner Jon Mara told The Post on Tuesday. “I shared my feelings with the League as soon as I saw the schedule. We have always asked the League to take into account Jewish holy days when formulating our schedule. I am not sure why this happened this year.”

Each year, NFL teams submit requests to the league requesting certain arrangements while compiling the schedule. If an East Coast team has two games on the West Coast, it may ask the league to put those matches into consecutive weeks. Teams (this year’s giants) can request that they not spend a farewell week after returning from a live international match. Stadiums have party dates to keep in mind and tractors are pulled to fill their seats, which has led teams to ask the league to put them on the road for a certain week. Sometimes the league grants these requests. Sometimes the league does.

Giants owner John Mara
Giants owner John Mara
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“We can never fulfill every request,” Howard Katz, the NFL’s senior vice president of broadcasting and leader of the schedule-making group, told The Post. “It’s a very complex puzzle that we put together.

“Mr. Mara certainly this year and every year when Jewish holidays fall on football days, he always asks to avoid Jewish holidays. He certainly did. In this particular case we were unable to fulfill that request.

It makes the same request every year. He has always been very sensitive to his Jewish fans and goes out of his way every year to remind us and ask us to avoid the Jewish holidays.”

This is a complex process. The league enters data for trillions of possible timelines for analysis. The Giants’ request to avoid playing at their home ground in Rosh Hashanah was part of this formula and was ultimately rejected. It is clear that religious commitment does not take priority in these exchanges.

The Cates noted that the NFL has a triple header of games on Christmas Day, which falls on Sunday. A comparison of Christmas and the Jewish New Year holidays to Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Jewish Day of Atonement) is not entirely appropriate, although strict observance of New Year’s holidays includes hours of prayer and no travel or sporting event is permitted.

It was Monday night’s game at Rosh Hashanah against the Cowboys in 1998 that encouraged the Giants to be more aware of their Jewish fans. Mara revealed at the time to The Post that he did not take into account Jewish holy days when submitting schedule requests to the league.

“It’s something we haven’t even thought of,” Mara said at the time.

Kenny Goladay (19) and the Giants will host the Cowboys "Monday Night Football" During Rosh Hashanah on September 26.
Kenny Goladay (19) and the Giants will host the Cowboys at “Monday Night Football” during Rosh Hashana on September 26.
Robert Sabo

Since then, the giants have asked the league to fulfill their demand on Jewish holidays.

The planes made similar requests, making arrangements based on major Jewish holidays and this year the League has committed to doing so. The Jets in Week 3 play Sunday, September 25 at 1 p.m. against the Bengals at MetLife Stadium, allowing fans to head home in time for the start of Rosh Hashanah at sunset that evening.

“Mr. Mara would definitely have preferred to be on the road week 3 or play a home game at 1 o’clock if he had to play at home,” Katz said. Sunday night or Monday night game.

“It’s really tough. Unfortunately, some fans will conflict and I hope we can avoid them all but we haven’t been able to. Whether it’s in New York or elsewhere, we’re playing those games so our best schedule is, in our opinion, unfortunately we’ve had the Giants in home on Monday night.”

Putting the Giants on the road in Week 3 was a solution to Mara’s request. Instead, the Giants play at home, at the NFL’s largest Jewish market, in Rosh Hashana.

“I admit it,” Cutts said. “But that’s on me, this isn’t on Jon Mara. There are flaws with every schedule, and we’ve never seen a perfect schedule before. That was a flaw. We were going to play a game on Monday night, so somewhere Jewish fans were conflicted and had to make decisions about whether to turn up. The match or not or watching the match or not. It turns out that it was really unfortunate that it happened in New York. But it was going to happen somewhere.”


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