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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 13, 2009
Posted on: May 26, 2010 12:20 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

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2010 12:12 pm

the better team wins?

a football game doesn't necessarily determine the best team.  "any given sunday" ring any bells?

Since: Nov 11, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2010 12:09 pm

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

If it's not a problem during the AFC/NFC championship games, then it's not a problem during the SB. Also, last I checked MIA plays in the same division at NE, NYJ, BUF, so I imagine they'd be quite used to playing in the cold since they have to play at least two game a year in those locations during the cold months.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2010 12:06 pm

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

i rated your post 4 stars instead of the 5 it deserved because you're a new jersey giants fanTongue out

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2010 12:02 pm

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

Are you kidding me?  This is the best thing for football fans.  Everyone knows that the Superbowl is the NFL version of a giant corporate reacharound!  The real football fans beg for nosebleed seats while some Pizza magnate brings his whole extended family and a half dozen franchise owners. Or some TV exec.  Or some advertiser. Or some potential advertiser, or, or....
The point is that real fans will put their butts in the bleachers.  Where can I get my ticket?  There should be more available.

Since: May 26, 2010
Posted on: May 26, 2010 11:55 am

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

yeah i don't know why we have to associate the super bowl with palm trees and beaches, ITS A FOOTBALL GAME, save that atmosphere for the pro bowl

people who do not think this game will be heavily attended and greatly watched are fooling themselves.

everyone's scared of a snow storm failing to realize that that would prob create the highest rated super bowl ever.

Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2010 11:45 am

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

I'm sure the tri-state area will be able to find 80 thousand fans that will be able to handle cold weather.  It's really not that big a deal.  If it's gonna be too cold,  you dont have to go.  I've been a season-ticket holding Giants fan for 25 years and have braved the elements many times, you are allowed to wear jackets, hats and gloves.

I travelled to Green Bay for the 2007 NFC Championship with tempts reaching -25 below and I actually enjoyed the game.  Fans will be fine. 

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2010 11:17 am

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

what advantage??? are you stoned? both teams would be playing in the same conditions. by your logic it's not fair that the dolphins get to play 8 home games in miami while the Bears have to play 8 home games in chicago.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2010 10:31 am

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

"Why didn't the Giants and Jets build a stadium with a retractable roof?  Just New York stupid I guess."

Pretty rude there Chargers_LT#1.. New name change needed ... Jets_LT#1

Just an FYI the stadium was a fortune already, to put the roof on may have made it impossible for us fans to afford tickets, or maybe it is because New Yorker's are tougher and can handle the elements, unlike you twinkies out in SD.. By the way, it was nice to "B slap" you out of the playoffs again. I have to admit it would not be a bad idea to play the game in SD, the home team will never be in the game.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2010 10:22 am

Best Record to host?? Anybody ?

Why not give the Super Bowl to the team with the best record ?  I think that may also keep teams from "sitting" the starters at the year end. This also rewards the fans & cities that have supported the team the whole year. In fact I cannot see a negative here but I am sure there will be some comments so bring them on...

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