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Jets wanted to get Eric Mangini news out quickly
My Tuesday newspaper column includes items on how the coming new stadium could (or should) influence Woody Johnson's decision-making, on how Eric Mangini did himself no favors with his public reticence and about the unusual circumstances under which reporters were informed of Monday morning's Jets news conference.
Regarding the last of those, senior media relations director Bruce Speight said the quite early 10 a.m. news conference was scheduled in part to get the news out as quickly as possible and minimize the inevitable leaks.
(Indeed, by 9:30, various outlets were reporting Mangini was through. I am not going to serve as referee to decide who was first, people. Sorry.)
Woody Johnson and Mike Tannenbaum were so prompt that SNY, 1050 ESPN and (especially) WFAN missed the start of the owner's comments, which appeared to begin at 10 on the nose.
Anyway, Mr. Speight's decision to call some of the single beat writers about the scheduled press conference but only email those with young families was well-intended, but did not go over entirely well with all concerned. It was a difficult circumstance.