The New York Jets will hold training camp at the National Football League team’s Florham Park, New Jersey, headquarters because of the lockout that has shuttered the U.S.’s most-popular sports league since March.
The Jets will relocate from the State University of New York, Cortland campus where the team practiced in 2009 and 2010, because of uncertainty over when sessions will start, the club said in a news release. The Jets plan to return to Cortland in 2012.
“With all the variables presented by this unique offseason, we felt it was best for the Jets that we hold our training camp here at our practice facility,” General Manager Mike Tannenbaum said in the release. “This was not an easy decision, but it’s one we felt we needed to make in order to give us the best chance to win.”
Cortland is about 220 miles north of Manhattan; Florham Park is about 30 miles west.
“We are disappointed, but we understand why the Jets management made this decision,” SUNY Cortland President Erik Bitterbaum said. “We’re looking forward to hosting the team next year.”
The Baltimore Ravens this week said they would practice at the team’s Owings Mills, Maryland, facility instead of McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, even though fans won’t be able to attend because it’s prohibited by the Ravens’ lease with Baltimore County.
The Minnesota Vikings said last week that they have until July 18 to inform Minnesota State University in Mankato whether their preseason camp will go on as scheduled.
Owners met outside Chicago this week for a briefing on the outline of a potential deal that would give players about 48 percent of a projected $9.3 billion in revenue next year, a person familiar with the negotiations said.
Management of the most popular U.S. sport locked out players in March, with the players suing the league in federal court charging wage-fixing and antitrust violations.