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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: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 10:30 am
 

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

Want to alienate virtually 100% of all US NFL markets... play the Super Bowl outside the U.S. One word for that idea... ASSININE!



Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 10:29 am
 

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

Having the Super Bowl in another country is tantamount to losing SO many fans, including......





Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 10:29 am
 

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

With good technology and ever improving air travel (ok it's a possibility) International teams could be good. West coast to Europe is the real problem.

The NE and even Florida teams could do it much easier.

It would be cool to go to Madrid, Venice or Paris to see the Steelers Take on the Napolean Dynomites or some wierd thing like that.

After all we spend allot of money on tickets, direct TV packages and Red Zone subscriptions not mention jerseys, bumper stickers, hats, terrible towels, fat heads etc. Why not expand it all over theworld. I think more teams would be a necessity and they need to go big or not at all. At least 4 teams over there to make scheduling more reasonable. Maybe 2 in Eaurope 1 in Africa and 1 in South America somewhere like Rio or Mexico City who knows, Tokyo, Seol and Hong Kong would all be good spots to. Population and fan support would be good.

As far as the St Louis Fan complaining. I live in the STL and the fan support has been low. And let's face it nobody here wants to go watch a team lose. At least in Europe they can sell out. It is a business not a charity.




Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 10:20 am
 

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

i haven't heard a worse idea since the nike platinum jerseys were released.



Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 10:07 am
 

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

Hey uglyluggage, there was just so much politically incorrect about that post. It was awesome. Potential expansion teams Iceland I.O.U.'s, Columbian Cartel, Dublin Drunks, Jamaican Joints, Vatican City Values, and the Saudi Arabia, name to be determinded but team will be sponsered by N.O.W.



Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 10:03 am
 

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

have it in iran, get all of the owners and commissioner there and then have an air strike on it! then start all over!!!!



Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 10:00 am
 

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

please have it in iran, then with all the nfl and commissioner there drop a bomb on it!



Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 9:59 am
 

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

Of course the NFL dont care about the fans, look at what they did to us St Louis fans for the next 3 years...We got spit on by them having 3 home games in the next 3 years there...And they try to blow smoke up our rear ends by saying its good for us fans?  Really? Wonder how the east coast fans would have handled if the Giants, Jets or Patriots would have went over there and lost 3 home games?



Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 9:58 am
 

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

If Godell ran NASCAR the Daytona 500 would be in Spain. If he ran baseball the WS would be in Japan. If he ran the NBA, well nobody would care anyway.



Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 9:52 am
 

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

This whole thing of taking the game to England is just getting ridiculous.  I am not in favor of regular season games over there, and am certainly not in favor of the Super Bowl over there.  If there was a team in Europe someday, it would be a horrible idea and the travel would be brutal.  Get with the program, Goodell.  There are 32 NFL teams, and they are all in the US.  Let's worry more about getting a team in Los Angeles than about one in London.


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