NFL rejects attempt by Jets, Giants to keep rivals out of facilities for Super Bowl XLVIII

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With MetLife Stadium hosting Super Bowl XLVIII, the Jets and Giants naturally will be loaning their facilities to the teams that qualify — assuming both of them don’t.  But the NFL has rejected an attempt by the two teams to keep their enemies out of their homes.

The Jets wanted the NFC team to use its locker room and practice facilities, and the Giants proposed hosting the AFC team.  The NFL has declined that request, according to Gary Myers of the New York Daily News.

The standard procedure is for the local AFC team (if there is one) to host the AFC team when it’s the home team, and for the local NFC team (if there is one) to host the NFC team, when it’s the home team.

For New York, there’s both an AFC and an NFC team, so regardless of which conference was providing the home team in Super Bowl XLVIII, the Jets would be opening their doors for the AFC team, and the Giants for the NFC team.

It’s not an uncommon phenomenon.  The Saints would have been hosting their arch-rivals from Atlanta this year, if the Falcons hadn’t blown a 17-point lead in the NFC title game.  Last year, the Colts hosted the Patriots.

For cities that want to host a Super Bowl, it’s part of the cost of doing business.  And it’s good that the NFL didn’t grant an exemption to the Jets and the Giants.

Now, if the Jets want to keep the Patriots out of their building and the Giants want to block the Cowboys, Redskins, or Eagles, the Jets and Giants can do something about it.

48 responses to “NFL rejects attempt by Jets, Giants to keep rivals out of facilities for Super Bowl XLVIII

  1. I give up…what am I missing here? Why don’t the Jets and Giants want to follow the usual procedure and have their locker rooms used by the conference champs next year? Have there been past vandalism incidents?

  2. If the Saints make the Super Bowl you can be sure the Giants will be checking the facilities thoroughly for wires.

  3. What a strange, yet unprofessional request by the Jets and Giants. Seems like they’re already planning not to be there.

  4. There’s only one way to block them… and that’s to make it there.

    Do we have another average Giants team that can get lucky at the right time?

  5. I am so confused right now. I don’t understand what the issue is and why they would make those requests.

  6. Let me guess. Mara must have thought that hosting another NFC team would be violating the “Spirit” of the Super Bowl for the Giants.

    I’m actually shocked that the former Giants coffee boy, Goodell, didn’t go along with this.

  7. for a new stadium it sucks..trust me i live in ny and catch the skins giants game every year..very bland and ordinary..also mara’s a tool..HTTR

  8. John Mara is a punk, and everyone including his son who prefers Broadway Musicals to football knows it. Mara’s greatest accomplishment in life is being born into a rich family. He worked so hard to buy (inherit) his 50 percent ownership of the Giants.

  9. Bill Belichick would prefer to use the Giants facilities /locker room during the SB next year.

    Although the Jets facilities will have been empty since the last game next season and Woody will be looking for back page headlines about the new HC of the NYJ.

  10. you said “The Giants need to go ahead and hang a fleur de lis and put on a pot of gumbo for the Black and Gold!

    oh mon Dieu, c’est scandaleux! Why not put le fleur de lys in mud and leave it for the Saints. It is a nice French trick lol (yes i am française) Drew Brees would love it. he can use it in his next bounty episode; ha ha ha

  11. The league should pull the game from New York. It was a bad idea to have it there anyway and this just validates this. New York has become a pariah for the rest of this country and the NFL should not reward this city this great American game.

  12. For attempting to violate the spirit of the unwritten rules associated with hosting a Super Bowl, the Giants should be receive a $36 million salary cap penalty.

  13. If the NFL had been smart enough to reverse the usage assignment in the first place, there would never have been a need to bring up the rival issue.

    A good rule-of-thumb for the League going forward would be “you can’t fall into a hole if you don’t dig one”, because I have never seen one organization go through so many shovels as the NFL has this year alone.

    There has to be something more significant happening in the world than this. And God knows these two teams have more to worry about next season than who might be using their locker rooms in February.

  14. Giants may have a 15 percent chance of occupying their own locker room for next years super bowl. My Jets…… Is it possible to have a less than zero percent chance?

  15. not sure why this is such a big deal – there are two teams and they were hoping to flip the conferences

  16. “It’s ok, the Pats and Eagles won’t be in the Super Bowl next year anyway.”

    I’ll give you the Eagles but the Patriots are actually a pretty safe bet to be playing at Metlife Stadium next February.

    Tom Brady has started and completed eleven seasons (remember in 2000 and 2008 he didn’t play) and in those eleven seasons the Patriots have made the Super Bowl five times, meaning every other year the Patriots at least make it to the Super Bowl. They didn’t this year so it’s a pretty good bet that as long as Brady stays healthy the Patriots will continue a trend that has endured for over ten years.

  17. For the people who are confused… this is not about the locker rooms in the stadium (MetLife has more than enough of those anyway). This is about using the training facilities. If you’re the Giants, do you want the Redskins or Cowboys knowing your training facility layout/features, your video rooms, and other facilities that even the beat reporters can’t get into – when that team will play you twice a year after gaining that knowledge? “Hey, the Giants have the ability to do this during the week – we need to get one of those systems too!”

    By flipping the conferences, the Jets and Giants would limit that exposure to a team they only play once every 4 years, not a team they may play 8 times in 4 years.

  18. If I were any afc or nfc team, it shouldn’t be too hard to find some guy in nyc to help with combing the place for hidden mics and camera that the giants or jets “accidently” left behind.

    I am guessing that is the worry of the nyc teams, that teams will leave those things behind. Or, in the Jets cade, hoping some teams leaves a decent qb behind.

  19. Mara should be fined for the attempt. Penalized a draft pick or two. Maybe required to pick up Tebow.

  20. Last I checked the NFL didn’t pay anything for the practice facilities. With the Patriots history of spying its very understandable the Jets would take this precaution. How long would it take Belicheat to break into the Jets’s offices? Yeah, not long at all. Guess they’ll just have to hire extra security.

  21. As a Raiders fan living in the New York area, I have to laugh at the 49ers fan claiming New York is a pariah to the rest of the country. Really? Awful lot of people from both around this country & around the world visit here daily. Making it easier for me to root for the Ravens next sunday.

  22. roadtrip3500
    For the people who are confused… this is not about the locker rooms in the stadium (MetLife has more than enough of those anyway). This is about using the training facilities. If you’re the Giants, do you want the Redskins or Cowboys knowing your training facility layout/features, your video rooms, and other facilities that even the beat reporters can’t get into – when that team will play you twice a year after gaining that knowledge? “Hey, the Giants have the ability to do this during the week – we need to get one of those systems too!”

    By flipping the conferences, the Jets and Giants would limit that exposure to a team they only play once every 4 years, not a team they may play 8 times in 4 years.

    Hey Genius,

    No one here is confused. This is a long-held tradition that’s part of the deal of hosting a Super Bowl. If Mara (or Johnson) had a problem with this part of hosting a Super Bowl he should have raised the issue prior to being awarded the game, a great honor that several cities in America would love to have. But no, he raises his childish objection at this 11th hour, at a time when it’s too late to change locations for next year’s Super Bowl.

    What’s confusing is how the NFL Management Council could be so tilted in one team’s favor that a certain owner of an NFL team could have the balls to make such an absurd request. What’s confusing is why the NFL with its once great brand seems to want to become like professional wrestling.

  23. burgundyandgold says:Jan 27, 2013 4:49 PM

    I can wait for RGIII and the Redskins run out of the Giants tunnel a year from now while Mara has to stand and clap for the team he cowardly tried to destroy. HTTR.

    You can wait? Let’s hope RGIII could run out of the tunnel. He is a great talent despite your hatred for anything not ‘Skins. Hope he fully recovers.

  24. Rex is going to have to deal with the fact that Joe Philbin’s gonna be taking big nasty steamy dumps in his toilet next January.

  25. Has the NFL ever considered the possibility of letting the team with the better record host the Super Bowl? There would seem to be a fairness component to that scenario. Last year, for example, the Patriots were 13-3 while the Giants were only 9-7, and yes, technically the Patriots were the Super Bowl’s “home” team, but all that got them was the chance to play the game in Indianapolis, where there are probably about three people who don’t despise the Patriots. It seems like posting the better record ought to reward you with more than just the right to decide which uniforms (whites or colors) you wish to wear.

    I’m sure it’ll never happen, as the league probably exacts a king’s ransom from the host cities, guaranteeing more revenue than if the game was played in, say, Pittsburgh. But I’m sure it’s not because it’s a logistical impossibility.

  26. “Last I checked the NFL didn’t pay anything for the practice facilities. With the Patriots history of spying its very understandable the Jets would take this precaution. How long would it take Belicheat to break into the Jets’s offices? Yeah, not long at all. Guess they’ll just have to hire extra security.”

    The Patriots as well as the rest of the NFL don’t need any sort of advantage when facing the dumpster fire that is the Jets. Belichick and the Patriots own the Jets and will continue to own them until Brady and Belichick retire from the NFL and await their first ballot hall of fame inductions.

  27. It really shouldn’t matter. It’s the home stadium for both teams so there is probably 2 “home” locker rooms and an away one.

    I can see teams not wanting other rival squads in the locker room, but there’s a way around that. Win.

  28. Forget about hosting, if they do not organize the stadium for proper exits both teams & the fans will be stuck there well into the next season.

    Seriously, I’ve never seen a more disorganized arena for traffic in my life.

  29. IMO they both should worry about football NOT who occupys their locker rooms. And if this is such a big concern don’t host it at all…..What a lame story

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