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Hymie Elhai Named new President of the Jets: MERGED

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Very happy for this guy.  I've spoken to him before and he's a really, really nice guy with an interesting background.  Has been a Jet since the start of his career.

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Cool. How involved with the football side is he? Has this ever been clarified? Who reports to who?

The fan experience has become way too Disneyish. Fix that too. 

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1 hour ago, Maxman said:

Hey guys if you want to make jokes about his name, this isn't the place for it.

I think this is kind of unfair. I really feel that I need to make jokes about his name. I am quite saddened and hurt by this

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2 hours ago, Jetsbb said:

https://www.newyorkjets.com/news/hymie-elhai-named-president-of-the-jets

Doing my research Neil Glat was involved in the interview process that gave us Idzik, Macagnan, and Bowles. Glat was conspicuously absent in their new GM interviews and guess who was present? Hymie Elhai

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Nothing now, good move.

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2 hours ago, Jetsbb said:

The New York Jets announced today that Hymie Elhai, the team’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel, has been named President and that Brian Friedman, the team’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Elhai succeeds Neil Glat who, as announced this past Friday by the team, is transitioning to a new role as Senior Advisor.

Currently entering his 20th year with the Jets, Elhai will report to Chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson and oversee all team business operations. Elhai will also work with Head Coach Adam Gase and General Manager Joe Douglas to integrate football and business operations.

“For over 20 years Hymie has developed a deep level of respect from both sides of the building,” said Mr. Johnson. “Over that time, he has grown to be an invaluable and trusted confidant for many, including, in recent years, myself.  Specifically, I witnessed first-hand, his leadership, communication and organizational acumen during our recent head coach and general manager searches. I expect Hymie to be a key unifier, working alongside Adam and Joe, for our organization moving forward.”

“I am honored to be given this opportunity and thankful to The Johnson Family for entrusting me with the responsibility and all that comes along with it,” said Elhai. “I have a deep appreciation and respect for this franchise, what it means to our fans, the communities we serve, as well as our business partners.”

 

Elhai began his professional career as an intern with the Jets and was hired full-time in 2002 as the manager of legal affairs and business development. He recently completed his fifth season as senior vice president, business affairs and general counsel where he was responsible for all legal aspects of the team, including sponsorship, licensing, event, digital media, production and broadcasting agreements, and all employment related matters. For the past couple of seasons, Elhai has also provided counsel and guidance to football administration on all planning initiatives.  In 2016, Elhai was a Sports Business Journal Forty Under 40 honoree.

Friedman, who is entering his 11th season with the team, will now take on more operational responsibilities, including revenue generating and business growth opportunities for the team and MetLife Stadium. He will continue to oversee finances for the organization. Prior to joining the Jets, Friedman was the Chief Financial Officer for Bliss. Prior to joining Bliss, he was senior director of finance for the Columbia House Company and held finance roles at Polo Ralph Lauren.

A lateral demotion.

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Day to day I feel like this move will have very little affect on the fan base.  Sure this guy would be involved in decisions regarding hiring and firing coaches and GM's but it sounds like this role will be more focused on the business side.  What's more interesting to me is the moves being made by CJ with Woody in England.  It's one thing to bring in a new HC coming off a 4-12 season, that's a no brainer.  But replacing the President of 20 years is a big move and makes me hope CJ will play a bigger role in the day to day of the team even after Woody's return

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Actually played football, lifelong fan, set aside more lucrative career opportunities to come here, started at the bottom - what else more do you want

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30 minutes ago, Scott Dierking said:

So, if he is starting his 20th year with the Jets, that means he pre-dates Woody by about one year. Which is interesting.

If this is his 20th season it would mean he started in 2000 which was Woody's first season as owner

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4 hours ago, Gunnails said:

I was expecting someone from outside the organization.

Makes me rethink why Neil stepped down.

The Johnsons never fire anyone, really. Give him a different office.

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3 hours ago, drsamuel84 said:

Day to day I feel like this move will have very little affect on the fan base.  Sure this guy would be involved in decisions regarding hiring and firing coaches and GM's but it sounds like this role will be more focused on the business side.  What's more interesting to me is the moves being made by CJ with Woody in England.  It's one thing to bring in a new HC coming off a 4-12 season, that's a no brainer.  But replacing the President of 20 years is a big move and makes me hope CJ will play a bigger role in the day to day of the team even after Woody's return

Yes, I always felt like Neil was Woody's guy. I don't think Neil would get transitioned if Chris wasn't here for the long haul.

Although if Gase has enough of Christopher maybe Gase will get him fired too jk.

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3 hours ago, Bugg said:

The Johnsons never fire anyone, really. Give him a different office.

Where is Macc’s new office?

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All I know is that Gase and Douglas love this move. These 3 are practically best friends. Jets fans should be thrilled the direction of this team is going. It’s about time the orginazation is all on the same page. 

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2 minutes ago, Samtorobby47 said:

All I know is that Gase and Douglas love this move. These 3 are practically best friends. Jets fans should be thrilled the direction of this team is going. It’s about time the orginazation is all on the same page. 

"These 3 are practically best friends." Why are you saying that? All we know is he was on the interview with them.

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10 hours ago, Creepy Lurker said:

You mean the good, bad and Mac. 

Awesome Post.

I suggest you apply for Copyright privileges.  They may have to change the name of that famous Western movie.

By the way, anyone hear from the “Mac” lately? Probably stumblebum coming out of a bar right now, couldn’t even tell you he picked Polite in the 3rd Rd....”Who?”

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12 hours ago, Jetsbb said:

https://www.newyorkjets.com/news/hymie-elhai-named-president-of-the-jets

Doing my research Neil Glat was involved in the interview process that gave us Idzik, Macagnan, and Bowles. Glat was conspicuously absent in their new GM interviews and guess who was present? Hymie Elhai

He interviewed Gase. 

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Successful team presidents are basically invisible. If we are talking about this guy in 6 months, he probably is failing.

i wish him luck. Seems like he took the long road to where he is. I respect that.

Although I have a feeling that when Woody returns, this is Chris’ job.

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