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Jets' coin-flip idea? It's news to Giants, NFL

Neither the Giants nor the NFL seems able to make heads or tails of the Jets' coin-flip proposal for the right to open the new Meadowlands Stadium in September.

On Saturday night, the Jets posted a story on their Web site that said: "The NFL has said the game will be decided by a coin toss" and that the plan is to flip the coin "at the new stadium in the week ahead to make this decision easy."

Fans and media would be invited to the event, the story said. Jets spokesman Bruce Speight told The Associated Press: "We look forward to the coin toss."

But the Giants are unaware of any such plan. And the league issued a statement that suggested it too is in the dark on the proposition, saying that commissioner Roger Goodell determines the schedule. "We have no announcements to make about the schedule at this point," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said.

Both teams have expressed an interest in hosting the first regular-season game in the $1.6-billion stadium that the two teams own together.

When the Jets were given the final regular-season game in the old Giants Stadium - a game in which they beat the Bengals in January to clinch a playoff berth - many assumed that the Giants would host the first game of the 2010 season.

The NFL schedule will be released in early April.

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