The NFL made the change Friday, rescheduling the 4:15 p.m. start to 1 p.m. one day after Jets owner Woody Johnson sent a letter to league commissioner Roger Goodell suggesting the switch to allow fans to arrive home before sundown on Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement.
"By changing the time of the Tennessee game from 4:15 p.m. to 1 p.m., the NFL has provided the best compromise to resolve our scheduling conflict," Johnson said in a statement issued by the league. He also thanked Goodell and Howard Katz, the league's senior vice president of broadcasting and media operations, for their prompt response to the matter.
Jets officials first called the league office Wednesday to express their concerns, and Johnson followed with a formal letter Thursday.
Rep. Anthony Weiner, a U.S. congressman who represents parts of Brooklyn and Queens, also sent a letter to Goodell on Friday urging the league to accommodate the Jets' Jewish fans.
"This commonsense solution is a win for everyone involved," Weiner said, praising the league's decision. "The NFL can maximize the greatest audience while Jewish New York Jets fans can support their team and respect their religion."
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