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02-17-2013, 12:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Hollywood3 View Post
Partially true.

Hatskin and Sonny Werblin were friends and both wanted to own a team called the Jets. Hatskin owned 3 teams in the MJHL and there were rumours of a western junior league. When the MAHA approved it, Hatskin got a franchise and named it the Jets. ITM, Werblin bought the New York Titans of the AFL and renamed them.
Wasn't aware of the Werblin connection, but didn't the New York Jets name began in 1963

from their website:
1963: If the AFL was going to survive long term it needed a New York presence, thus finding stable owners for their New York franchise became the league's top priority. Eventually the team was sold to a group headed by Sonny Werblin for $1 Million. Things were already looking up for the team, as a new stadium awaited them in 1964, since the new stadium was next to LaGuardia Airport; the team's name was changed from Titans to Jets.

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