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Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

Posted on: May 25, 2010 5:52 pm
When Congressman Steve Rothman (D-NJ) said the NFL made a "extraordinary and bold choice" in awarding the 2014 Super Bowl to the New York area he got it right. But then he characterized it as "the right choice," too, and there I'm not so sure. In fact, I'd have to object.

Look, I live in New York City so I'd like to see a Super Bowl coming here ... if, that is, it's played between May and October. But it's not. Having a Super Bowl at the Meadowlands in February makes about as much sense as holding the NHL's next Winter Classic in Tampa. I've heard owners talk romantically about having football played outdoors and their fond memories of the Ice Bowl, but there's one thing they didn't tell you and that is this -- THEY DON'T SIT OUTDOORS! They're in the climate-controlled comfort of a luxury suite where the room temperature is almost as warm as the seven-course meals that they're serving.

Spectators aren't so lucky. The ones going to the 2014 Super Bowl will pay upwards of $1,000 per seat to endure the elements -- and that could mean sub-freezing climate, snow, ice or freezing rain. Ah, yes, the great outdoors. There's a reason they invoked the 50-degree rule way back when, and it wasn't for the love of the great outdoors. Owners wanted to insure the best possible experience for fans and their teams, and playing a Super Bowl in a cold weather climate without a roof is not what they had in mind.

So why did this pass? I think owners like the novelty of the idea. I think they like the idea of the biggest game of the year played in the biggest city in the country, too. But more than anything, they like the idea of following their leader -- and make no mistake, commissioner Roger Goodell was leading the charge here because, as Rothman said, it's extraordinary and bold. He supported the idea, and owners support their commissioner. Simple as that.

So they're willing to take a risk, only this is one gamble that could backfire big time. On Super Bowl weekend this year Washington D.C. was paralyzed by over 30 inches of snow. Tell me what that would do to New York City. Or how about 15 inches. Or how about an ice storm like the one that hammered Atlanta for Super Bowl XXXIV. The NFL is not in the risk-taking business, but it just crossed its fingers and said a prayer with this vote. And what it's hoping for is one week of good weather.

Or is that good luck? They're going to need both.
Category: NFL

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2010 1:16 pm

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

Correct, but NFL Championships in 1939 (Milwaukee), 1961 (Lambeau), and 1965 (Lambeau) were all played in Wisconsin. NFL championships. Not Super Bowls.

The NFL championship was never played at a neutral site. The Super Bowl always has been. It needed to stay that way, no cold weather.

Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2010 10:54 am

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

what about Super Bowl 1&2 they were played in lambeau. So it's not the first Cold weather Super Bowl that will happen in 2014, because it already happened with the first two Super Bowls. and yes they should be  played in the cold weather like you were saying

They were played in Los Angeles and Miami, you dolt. No cold weather there.


Correct, but NFL Championships in 1939 (Milwaukee), 1961 (Lambeau), and 1965 (Lambeau) were all played in Wisconsin. I don't think the weather is as much of a factor for Green Bay as the logistics are, such as hotel rooms to supply the mass of people.

Since: Apr 18, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2010 9:37 pm

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

wow, all this because of the weather?  ny does not always gets what it wants, they built a lot of things including airtrain from airports and stadiums anticipating the summer olympics but didnt't get it.  i think that would have been much better but this is true FOOTBALL.  if you are gonna question the "advantages and disadvantages" of the game, then no NFL game should be played in snow or rain or bad weather conditions but it happens.  Sometimes it also gets "too" hot and also affects the players game, should all games be played in a set temperature?

Since: Nov 3, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2010 8:55 pm

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

All I know is the Packers will never have a superball at Lambeau Field.  I am from the area and they said on the new's the other night that the NFL(with I think over 4,000 superbowl employees), would never fit in the city of Green Bay, not enough hotel rooms to accomodate that many people, let alone all the people that would be drawn here for the game.  So Green Bay is out of the list for any future superbowl until we get a Hilton or something.  lol

Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2010 7:17 pm

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

Those calling for neutrality must also consider the fact to even get to the Superbowl that some teams had to perhaps go through some harsh weather while others did not- in other words- thats almost like saying-ALL PLAYOFF games should be in a neutral environment in regards to the weather- TO MAKE IT ALL FAIR! PLEASE...  Why not just water the game down altogether and have every team play every game inside on fake turf. This game was created to be played OUTSIDE ON GRASS IN ANY WEATHER! If there was any weather advantage don't you think the LIONS would tear the roof off of Ford Field to get an occassional victory?!?!?! (I live in northern Michigan... and trust me Lions fans would go to just about any extreme to get a few W's.)To be sure- the game will be an INSTANT CLASSIC- That's a guarantee. As for the fans- I'd pay just as much (perhaps more) to see a game in a blizzard- JUST TO SAY I WAS THERE! I wouldn't be surprised at all if the tickets went for more then expected street face value for this reason. Get a little OLD SCHOOL BACKBONE people and stop WHINING because you're not be pampered ALL THE TIME!

Since: May 26, 2010
Posted on: May 26, 2010 6:30 pm

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2010 5:41 pm

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

Your the dope!  Only 1/4 of the teams are from warm weather cities.  Know what your talking about before you post. Then again, your a Dull-Fin fan. You get a pass. No, I'm a Cardinal fan. And furthermore, 15 teams are either from warm-weather cities or have a dome. This is why your reputation is zero.

Since: Feb 3, 2010
Posted on: May 26, 2010 5:38 pm

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

Every city gets the Super Bowl on a rotating basis now. If NY can why not KC? Here is an article from 2006...

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday withdrew their request for Arrowhead Stadium to host the 2015 Super Bowl, after yet another setback in plans for a rolling roof at the Truman Sports Complex.

Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt said in a statement Arrowhead Stadium renovations would move forward without a roof to make it and the adjacent Kauffman Stadium climate-controlled, a condition for hosting the Super Bowl.

"We tried our very best," Hunt said, "but found that the combination of a lack of consensus from the various political interests, the business community and the Royals, as well as the need for promptness on the beginning of construction at Arrowhead would not permit us to pursue the rolling roof at this time."

The latest push to bring a rolling roof to the sports complex ended Monday, when county officials withdrew a resolution to put the project on the Aug. 8 ballot.

Hunt said renovations at Arrowhead would be designed to accommodate a roof in case local leaders eventually decide to add one. He urged the Royals to do the same at Kauffman.

Since: May 26, 2010
Posted on: May 26, 2010 2:58 pm

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

Your the dope!  Only 1/4 of the teams are from warm weather cities.  Know what your talking about before you post. Then again, your a Dull-Fin fan. You get a pass.

Since: Apr 13, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2010 2:43 pm

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

I disagree with you on this one Judge.  I'm usually not a big fan of watching a game in freezing weather.  I also don't like sitting in the rain.  However, I do make exceptions for big games, when you just have to be there.  The Super Bowl being in NY wouldn't deter me if I could rationalize paying $1000+ per seat (did it once to watch the Raiders get crushed by the Bucs).  Weather is part of the game.  As others have commented, weather isn't a consideration for venue during the rest of the playoffs, so why does it have to be an issue for the Super Bowl?  I probably won't have to worry about this being an issue for me, because I don't expect the Raiders to go to another Super Bowl until Al is no longer running the team.

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