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NYC 2009!

By Sean M. Deegan
Publisher, Jets Insider.com
March 25th, 2004
After leaving Queens in 1984 for the NJ Meadowlands the Jets are officially coming back to NY. A press conference was held today by NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg, NY Governor George Pataki and Jets owner Robert Wood Johnson III officially announcing the building of a new stadium for the Jets on Manhattan’s West Side. Also: Josh Evans will remain a Jet for 2004. After leaving Queens in 1984 for the NJ Meadowlands the Jets are officially coming back to NY. A press conference was held today by NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg, NY Governor George Pataki and Jets owner Robert Wood Johnson III officially announcing the building of a new stadium for the Jets on Manhattan’s West Side.

The Jets unveiled a deal with the state and city that includes a 75,000-seat stadium that will be part of a $2.8 billion plan to expand the Jacob Javits Convention Center. The stadium will be built over the West Side Rail Yards and will be directly adjacent to the Javitz Center. $800MM of the bill will be footed by the Jets and the rest will be subsidized by the city and state. The city will also implement a new hotel tax which should raise around $500MM for the project. Based on the artist’s renditions of the project, the new stadium would be surely the envy of the NFL.

Despite support from both the Mayor and Governor, the project still faces hurdles. The state legislation will have to approve it and there will be opposition form local residents who will likely take legal action. They must also get approval from environmental and zoning boards. These are all roadblocks that the Jets feel they can overcome. Getting chosen to host the 2012 Olympics would help matters tremendously however, the Jets plan to continue with the project whether the city get the Olympics or not.

The Jets lease at the Meadowlands expires in 2008 so the team would like to begin playing at the new stadium in 2009.

Josh Evans will remain a NY Jet for at least another year by agreeing yesterday to a pay cut that will decrease his cap number by $2.5MM. Evans was due to make $3.8MM this season but restructured his deal to a one year contract at $1.3MM. Evans’ original contract was signed in 2002 and was for four years at $9.3MM. Shortly afterwards, he was suspended by the league for violating the NFL substance abuse policy for the third time. The suspension forced him to miss half the games in 2003. It also forced rookie Dewayne Robertson to become an instant starter where he struggled. Despite Evans’ problems with drugs, he is an excellent player and a positive force in the locker room. Keeping him definitely makes the Jets defense better.

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