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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 26, 2010 2:36 pm

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

I actually love this idea. The only way to ensure good weather and a neutral site is to play in Hawaii. Okay, fine, move it to Hawaii permanently.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2010 2:34 pm

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.

Since: Jun 24, 2007
Posted on: May 26, 2010 2:00 pm

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

Seriously...He is in fact calling us all sissies because he can't handle the elements himself.  I think it will be awesome.  Lets integrate the elements into this sport again!

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2010 1:57 pm

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

I actually love this idea. The only way to ensure good weather and a neutral site is to play in Hawaii. We've already had bad weather in Miami and Atlanta during the Super Bowl and who's to say a team playing in the south won't make the SB. Dallas couldn't very well make it and have "home feild advantage", okay weak argument Romo could never win that many playoff games in one year. Anyway you have my vote for new commissioner.  

Since: May 26, 2010
Posted on: May 26, 2010 1:44 pm

weekly activities

The problem I see is related to the activities leading up to the game.
Friends of mine have gone to almost every superbowl & the one they enjoyed the least was the one in
Minnesota because of the extreme cold they spent the week drinking at the hotel bar. What the NFL should
realize is that not all the fans that go are there for the teams. Alot of fans go for the 2 weeks leading up to the game.

Since: May 10, 2010
Posted on: May 26, 2010 1:27 pm

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

You forgot one important aspect regarding the Super Bowl being held outside.  The percentage of viewers affected by negative weather associated with an E. Rutherford venue is less than (but roughly) 10% of those who will NOT be affected.  Think fans at the game (about 80,000 []) vs. the number of people who tune in via television (106,000,000).  This does not even factor in radio listeners. 

It is also fact that people who watch the Super Bowl are more valueable to the sport (for revenue generation) than those who actually attend the game, which only adds to the value breakdown aluded to the previous paragraph.  Unless an individual is attending the game why should he/she be dissappointed that the venue is enviornmentally different? 

Maybe they like watching high scoring games with 800 total yards passing.  If that is a common case it then begs the quesiton has the NFL become too similar to the NBA?  Are there too many rule changes and implied rules (unnecessary roughness vs. 1990's NBA in which 1.5 steps were, defacto, 2+ steps) that aim to produce statistics of higher quantites in a contrived fashion in order to support modern day players transition into iconic legends?

In my opinion the answer is Y.E.S. 

This is one instance in which I agree with an outdoor Super Bowl. 

I only hope that other cities north of the Mason-Dixon line sans domes receive the same chance to host the largest advertising showcase in the world annually.

That part is on Goddell. 

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2010 12:49 pm

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

This may be a stretch, but I personally feel that the Super Bowl should rotate the entire league, alternating from an NFC stadium to an AFC stadium each year. This format would see the game played in cities that usually (and unfairly in some aspects) do not get the privilege of hosting (and thus, financially benefiting from) the Big Game each year. It shouldn't be lost on everyone the amount of financial windfall a city receives from hosting the Super Bowl, so why monopolize it to just a few areas? The entire Nation is a football nation; I feel the entire nation should have a shot in celebrating the game.
The whole argument of a "cold weather" team having an advantage makes no sense to me. Does that justify that dome teams have an advantage? Turf teams? If cold teams have an advantage in the cold, do they have a disadvantage in the sun? C'mon! We're arguing semantics. The Super Bowl will NEVER lack attendance or viewers. Anyone who claims otherwise is reaching. I bet if they ever announced they were taking the game to London, people would scream for Goodell's head. The game would be played in freezing weather in Wembley Stadium and still sell out. 
It's our game, we should share it with each other.

Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: May 26, 2010 12:36 pm

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

Judge is part of the Media, and lets face it.  The boys on Sportscenter and everyone else that has a press pass would love more than anything to goto Miami or Texas (well maybe not Texas) but somewhere better than New York or D.C. in Feb during the winter on the companies dime.

I guess they think they work hard during the NFL season too and need a vacation before the big game.  What happens if it is -20 below and 6 inches of snow.  YOU PLAY FOOTBALL.  Green Bay does it, Chicago does it, the Giants, and Patriots do it.  everyone who has to play against those teams has to do it.  Even field is a joke.  Every owner will soon want to have a stadium team so they can open the dome in good days and close it on the bad days.  Plus you can host the SuperBowl.  I can't speak for the Eastsiders, but I know Chicago and GreenBay will never have domes.  Some teams will eventualy play in their home stadium for the SuperBowl, and that doesn't mean anything as far as the fans are concerned.  If the Bears ever hosted the SuperBowl and played in it I would try very hard to go to the game.  Most people can't afford the $1,000+ price tag for a ticket to the SuperBowl.  Let alone two or three tickets to see their team.  The NFL will never face the issue of people not going to the SuperBowl because of the weather.  I am sure a lot of us have sat in blaze orange or camo suits that would make an eskimo jeleous just to watch our team play, and that isn't even the SuperBowl.  I am wiling to bet we all had a great time there as well.  Now, if we could just figure out how to fit a bladder bag into those suits it would be perfect. 

Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: May 26, 2010 12:32 pm

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

Football is not a winter sport, it is a fall sport. It is only in recent history that the games have extended into january and february. Winter doesn't start until almost Christmas!!!

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: May 26, 2010 12:21 pm

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

I can't go, the Jonas Brothers are in town that weekend.

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