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Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

Posted on: January 30, 2012 3:12 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 3:28 pm
IrsayBy Josh Katzowitz

INDIANAPOLIS -- The members of the Super Bowl committee lately have been content to award hosting duties in cities in the northern part of the U.S. For instance, Indianapolis here and New Jersey in 2014. But what about an international Super Bowl?

Apparently, that’s been something the committee has discussed.

“There’s a little bit of change in philosophy,” Irsay said Monday. “We have the 50-year anniversary coming up, which we’re looking at. There are some members of our committee who have been thinking about having an international Super Bowl in London. That obviously has some real pluses and minuses if you weren’t going to have it on America soil. Right now, we’re in a wait-and-see approach.”

Los Angeles also has drawn some interest from the Super Bowl committee, assuming the Farmer Field project is completed at some point. But London? It seems … well … not very fan-friendly and, probably more importantly, not very corporate-friendly.

It is good news that the committee is willing to get out of the San Diego-Miami-New Orleans rotation every once in a while. Though Dallas, in many ways, had problems, Indianapolis has been a dream so far. Of course, Super Bowl XLVI will be played in a dome, and if the weather drops to 30 degrees and snow begins to fall here, it won’t matter.

The same can’t be said for the New Meadowlands Super Bowl in two years.

“We’re always looking at new stadiums, in warm weather or in a dome,” Irsay said. “We’re obviously going to have a trial weather balloon on that in New York. It could be interesting.”

London could be interesting as well. But that doesn’t mean it’s a great idea.

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Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 6:01 pm

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

I said I was done posting on this but one last thought. Maybe over a 1000 posts on this and only saw one in favor of the Super Bowl in London. Yet what humors me are all the people that say they will give up on the NFL and never watch a game again. Who are you people trying to fool? They can play this game in Russia at 3 AM your time and you will still watch the game wearing your favorite teams jersey.

Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 5:55 pm

Irsay on drugs . . . ?

I have read that a Super Bowl in London would be sold out.  Being here in Europe, I can vouch for that . .  but it would be also sold out in Frankfurt, Germany - Paris - Barcelona - Rome.  I could go on and on.
   I had the privelege of being at the first NFL exhibition game in London in the 80's.  I was also part of the WLAF (World League of American Football), and was a member of the statistics team for the Frankfurt Galaxy.
  This particular league took a break in the mid 90's and returned as the National Football League Europe.  There were six teams, three of those out of Germany.  The league would have remained if not for the decline in attendance of their London team, where they were unable to muster more than an average of 11,000 per game . . whereas Frankfurt was over 36,000.
  Mr. Goodel took it upon himself (even after witnessing the equivalent of the Super Bowl here in Europe . . called the World Bowl) to not push this league any further.  Check out some of the players that continued and started their careers here (Kurt Warner, for one) . . but he convince the owners that this was not feasible as it brought no money in to the NFL pockets.
   I find it amusing that anyone would even consider a Super Bowl other than in the U.S. . . let alone the 50th anniversary.
  But, I digress . . that anyone would follow the Irsay bandwagon to push such a 'spectacle' is almost treason-like.  It doesn't matter where you stage this American Event, it will always be sold out.  The only question is 'WHY"?  Who in their right NFL football mind would agree to move this out of the contintal US . . particularly to a country that still describes and views the United States as "colonies".
   Somebody needs to stop this train of thought . .

Since: Jun 11, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 5:25 pm

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

I haven't seen anyone comment either on if they play the SuperBowl in London, would they still try and have the game during American Prime Time?  If so, would players and Teams be willing to start a game at 2am London time?  Otherwise, even if you start a game at say 8pm London time, that game will not be in prime time on the east coast, let alone the west coast.....can you say, double digit ratings decline?!  Lower ratings, less money for NFL, bad idea!

Since: Sep 9, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 4:23 pm

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

Thumbs down to this idea! The Super Bowl should only be played in the USA ....... No to London and no to Canada as well. Remember a month or two ago when they floated the idea of having a team based in London?

The Super Bowl adds countless millions of dollars to the local economy and it is an American Institution that the majority of the citizens take pride in and enjoy watching. Let's hope these bad "trial balloon" ideas get shot down quickly   


Since: Jan 31, 2012
Posted on: January 31, 2012 4:17 pm

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

Dumbest. Idea. EVER. If anything, bring the history back to the Super Bowl and play in Pasadena! Let's push for Rose colored Super Bowl in 2016! Like us on Facebook!



Since: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 4:04 pm

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

So reward the loyal US fans with a Super Bowl in London??? Really after we suffered through the greedy people striking and raising ticket prices? This is a joke because NO WAY EVER we get the biggest soccer match played here from their country !! Go ahead NfL I will one take my couple grand a year I spend and dump it into baseball ! This is a slap in the face and a other greedy move , I mean what time is the game going to be ? 2pm? Next thing we will have a SUper Bowl in Australlia at 3:30 am our time like the great tennis matches I could not stay up for ! 

Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 3:57 pm

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

I can hear the faggy British announcers now: "Oh he made a jolly good run".."My that was a lovely catch"...."Advance the football you savage Steelers"..."My My I do think he mishandled the pig skin"....."I think I that tight end is really attractve"...."Notice how those masculine specimens tap each other on the butt"  " Why is that tall fellow putting his hands between the other gents legs?"
Ersay... Go home and count your money and just shut up...Peyton is going South and so is your team.

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 3:43 pm

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

Take our game out of the country and I'm done with the NFL.

Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: January 31, 2012 3:22 pm

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

do u know how much $ this event brings in for what ever AMERICAN town is lucky enough to get to host the SB???   why in this economy would the NATIONAL football leauge want to go and give it all to another country????

Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 3:22 pm

What is Troff smoking?

As I read Troff's solution, Green Bay--as the winner of last year's Super Bowl--would host this year's Super Bowl.  Perfect.  Let's hold the Super Bowl in a 100,000 population town with no redeeming feature other than its football team, that has few decent hotels or restaurants--but plenty of taverns!--amid a populace that is disgusted and depressed with the way its team crapped the bed in the playoffs this year.  Oh, yeah--it's below zero!  Great fun.  And I say all this as a Packer fan who lives in Wisconsin not far from Green Bay.  Give me a break--there are only three places to hold a Super Bowl:  Miami, New Orleans, and San Diego.  Maybe Vegas.  Any other place is stupid.  Who wants to spend a ton of money to hang out in New Jersey or Detroit or Indianapolis in February?  Or any other time, honestly? 

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