The Senate confirms Jets owner Woody Johnson will give up day-to-day control of the team to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom.
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson is going to the U.K. The Senate confirmed Johnson as the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom on Thursday.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Johnson will now give up day-to day control of the Jets.
The Senate confirmed #Jets owner Woody Johnson to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom. He'll now give up day-to-day control.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 3, 2017
Christopher Johnson, Woody’s younger brother, will have the role of chairman and CEO of the team and will oversee day-to-day operations.
Woody will be still the owner, but he will live in the United Kingdom for the next three years.
Christopher released a statement after Woody was nominated:
“The New York Jets have been an integral part of our family since 2000, but this is a unique opportunity for Woody.” “His patriotism and commitment to our country have always been a passion of his. Over the years, we have learned that ownership of the New York Jets is a special responsibility. Personally, if Woody is nominated and confirmed, I would be honored to oversee the organization, continuing to build a team on and off the field that our fans are proud of and deserve.”
The fact that Johnson was nominated and confirmed shouldn’t be a surprise.
The Associated Press reports that Woody raised money for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and donated $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee.
The Jets were 5-11 last year so let’s hope that Christopher can help turn things around for Gang Green.