Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay gave East Rutherford mayor James Cassella tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII after learning that the mayor had not been offered any by the NFL.
Cassella, whose city is the game’s true host, has been critical of the league and its perceived ignoring of New Jersey. During the lead up to the Super Bowl, the mayor spoke with 1010 WINS in New York about receiving tickets from the Colts’ owner.
“Jim Irsay, the owner of the Indianapolis Colts, came forth with a generous offer when he saw that the mayor of the town where this was being held was not offered a chance to go to the game. He felt that was not right and contacted my office and offered a couple of tickets for the game.”
He then elaborated on another radio station, WCBS 880, about his dissatisfaction with the NFL and Irsay’s graciousness.
“He somehow saw I was not going to the game because no one had offered any tickets to me. It’s unfortunate it’s coming from the Indianapolis Colts. I think I’m going to have to start a Colts fan club back here.”
Cassella also used his platform to take a dig at the local New York franchises.
“When I received this invitation my first thought was, ‘Wow, the Indianapolis Colts, Mr. Irsay — the owner, he recognizes the town more so than the teams that play here,’” Cassella said. “I was quite surprised, but also quite honored that he thought that way.”
All’s well that ends well, though, thanks to Irsay. Having hosted the Super Bowl a few years back, he surely understands all the political and planning headaches the event carries. It’s nice to see the owner step up for one of the forgotten men, regardless of the city.