Woody Johnson: No business spike from Tim Tebow -- yet

Tim Tebow smiles as he answers questions during

Tim Tebow smiles as he answers questions during a news conference where he was introduced as a quarterback for the Jets. (March 23, 2012) (Credit: Craig Ruttle)

When the Jets traded for Tim Tebow last month, many expected the quarterback's arrival to spur a flurry of sales -- jerseys and other merchandise, personal seat licenses and tickets.

However, owner Woody Johnson said Tuesday that the Jets haven't seen increased business results since landing arguably the NFL's most popular player.

"Not really," Johnson said in an interview on Fox Business Network. "Jerseys aren't really our main line of business. Our main line of business is winning games. I expect if we do well, we will continue to sell. We're pretty well sold out on PSLs despite what you read about."

Johnson tried his hand at a bit of humor when asked if he was the one most responsible for acquiring Tebow.

"If it's a good decision, if he turns out to be a great player," Johnson said, "I will take full accountability for that."

Johnson is eager to see how things will shake out with Tebow when the Jets' voluntary offseason program begins Monday. Tebow is expected to participate.

"He comes back this Monday," Johnson said. "I am very excited to see what impact he's going to have. I think he's a lot like [New Jersey] Governor [Chris] Christie. He is what he is. He's true to his beliefs. He's not afraid to tell you what he believes in."

Reebok can't sell Tebow. Reebok has scrapped its effort to sell Jets' Tebow apparel, agreeing to rid stores of thousands of jerseys and T-shirts it stamped with the quarterback's name after he was traded from the Broncos last month. The terms of a settlement with Nike were disclosed Tuesday in papers filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan that had been signed a day earlier.

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