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.
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.