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Team sends Jets Journal to the scrap heap
By Sean M. Deegan
Publisher, Jets Insider.com
June 21st, 2004
After being on the airwaves for over a decade, the Jets have decided not to renew the popular MSG Network weekly show, Jets Journal for 2004.

After being on the airwaves for over a decade, the Jets have decided not to renew the popular MSG Network weekly show, Jets Journal for 2004.

Various sources confirm the team’s decision to cancel the show which is hosted by Al Trautwig and Marty Lyons. The Jets’ explanation is that in their eyes, the show (whose rights are owned by the team) was getting stale and they are putting it on hiatus to re-work it. However, with MSG Network owners Cablevison being one of the biggest opponents of the Jets plans to build a West Side Stadium, many believe the Jets did not want their show on a network owned by Cablevison. Cablevison has been funding TV commercials that blast the Jets stadium plans and due to the close proximity that the new stadium will be to Madison Square Garden, they do not want the competition. Also, keep in mind that Jets owner Woody Johnson outbid Cablevison President James Dolan for the Jets four years ago after Leon Hess died.

The Jets deny their feud with MSG is the reason for the cancellation of the show and say they also looked into the YES Network as another option to broadcast the series. They say the series will look to be re-vamped and possibly return in 2005. For now, the only weekly Jets show is “Jets 24/7” which is produced by the Jets broadcasted locally on CBS Channel 2 NY each Sunday in the fall. Being that MSG Network is carried on satellite and by hundreds of cable companies across the nation, Jets Journal was a way for thousands of Jets fans outside of NY to keep up with their team.