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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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Comments

Since: Jan 31, 2012
Posted on: January 31, 2012 3:10 pm
 

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

Where the Superbowl is at should not require a commitee. Whichever team wins deserves the right to host the next years Superbowl.
Last time I checked there was no team in London.



Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 3:03 pm
 

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

How about Bejing in China in the year 2016, they'll own us anyway.



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 3:00 pm
 

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

As always, MONEY talks. If the NFL thinks they can make more money playing the Super Bowl in London or anywhere else in the world for that matter, they'll do it. Nothing personal, it's bizne$$. One of these days, some very rich sheik or Sultan from the Middle East will have the urge to splash their money, like the World Cup soccer, the NFL will be hosting the Super Bowl there too.



Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 2:51 pm
 

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

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.
Which is sad though.  Many media members, coaches, players, all feel that the above three cities (and even add Tampa and Arizona) are great host cities and why not just keep that rotation going?  They have done it multiple times, usually good weather, etc, and it's great for the fan experience.   Some media members were so impressed with New Orleans that they said "just have it there every year"
Now, with the extra stadium focus that all the new ones get on SNF and MNF, that's good enough.  It's not like we have to have a super bowl there just to show off this stadium that we've all seen TV shots of and read about, had announcers blab about it, and all that during the regular season already 





Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 2:30 pm
 

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

So, the NFL is lined up and ready to 'jump the shark'.  Host that game in another country and I won't watch.  I'll most likely be done w/ football for a very, very long time.  Hell, I just started watching hockey again this year... and that goes back to the lockout days.

I digress... it's just a stupid idea.  Only exception I see to this is IF we add other teams say from England or Candada.  Then, just like the other NFL cities they have a chance to host it at their venue.

Until then will someone please shut Irsay up and take away his Twitter account!  Cool



Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 2:16 pm
 

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

Under no circumstances will I watch a Super Bowl played anywhere outside of the United States.



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 2:12 pm
 

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

You think the Europe would ever hold their championship soccer matches in the USA?  Such a stupid idea.  I guess the NFL truly doesn't understand what greed is



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 2:05 pm
 

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

Haha I remember how all the fans were against the players and said they don't deserve any money, but after the strike ends they're back to lining both the owners and players pockets and everything is forgotten. I posted back then it didn't matter and once the games started the sheep would forget, so the players union should ignore public opinion entirely. The owners have always known the fans opinion doesn't matter because the fans are so stupid. This isn't like the NHL which wasn't established, or the NBA which was suffering from a lack of stars or MLB which had economic disparity so most of the teams in the league didn't have serious fans. It's the NFL, there is parity and it's very established.

It would take repeated colossal mistakes and keeping fans from watching games to kill it. Basically they'd have to black out games and put everything on cable or even PPV to get rid of the fanbase. As long as they have the network deals and don't go after streaming too hard they are set.

Incidentally, all MLB and NBA need to do to become serious contenders again is to air everything on regular TV. Boxing can do that too. MMA already figured this out and started running specials on FOX. Despite the fact that everyone thinks everyone has cable TV the numbers don't work out like that, additionally usually cable only gives you one box and people tend to have multiple TVs in their houses. If you're married, most of the time your wife is on the TV with the cable box, and it's easier just to watch on the TV with only the regular channels, but only the NFL lets you watch most of the games on that TV.



Since: Aug 12, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:57 pm
 

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

That is the dumbest thing EVER!!! How much money grubbing is the NFL looking for? Why would I want to have a Super Bowl Party serving Tea and Crumpets? This is an American Sport, stop taking our sports away from us. You have already killed the job market, technical support is a joke to say the least, and now you want to take a great sports day away from the mainland. Here's an idea, let Peyton go play for an American Team, sell the Colts to someoone who really wants to stay in the U.S.A., and move overseas. Goodbye Irsay.




Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:45 pm
 

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

MagicMan327 -- how does this put fans second?  Less than a fraction of 1% of NFL fans can ever attend a Super Bowl -- due to price, location and capacity.  The game is largely a televison spectacle -- and regardless of where it is played almost all NFL fans can still watch it.


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