John Mara Details One Major Issue with the Giants Schedule
With the NFL Draft and major free-agency additions in the rear-view mirror, excitement is now heating up for the 2022 NFL season. That excitement doubled after the official release of the yearly schedule for all 32 teams. Unfortunately, the schedule release made some teams happier than others.
The New York Giants are one team not particularly jazzed about their schedule. Co-owner and team president John Mara recently spoke to the New York Post to detail one major issue his G-Men have with the upcoming slate.
Giants 2022 Schedule
New York plays host to their archival Dallas Cowboys in Week 3 on Monday, Sept. 26 at MetLife Stadium. The biggest issue? Mara and his front office had officially requested to not play at home during Week 3 action because of the Jewish High Holiday of Rosh Hashanah celebrated by many Giants fans in the New York area.
The league office did not comply with this request.
“I am well aware of that and not happy about it. I made my feelings known to the league as soon as I saw the schedule. We have always requested the league take the Jewish High Holy Days into consideration when formulating our schedule. Not sure why it happened this year.”- John Mara
Teams are given a little bit of leeway with their annual schedules. All 32 NFL franchises are given an opportunity to provide blackout dates for not hosting home games and make minor requests, such as a bye week after international games.
Howard Katz, a senior official in the league office, responded to the Giants' ignored request, saying “we are never able to accommodate every request. It’s a pretty complex puzzle we put together."
The Giants' Week 3 contest is slated for Monday Night Football action and will kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET on both ESPN and ABC.
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