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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.
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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2010 10:20 am

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

No worries there buddy, the fish do not have a prayer !!!  Secondly some teams are built for speed (see old Rams teams) putting them on a turf field gave them an advantage. Depending on how  a team is built depends on who gets the advantage. Some of these cold weather teams should have a shot at an advantage every now and then. Based on your philosophy the warm weather teams have always gotten the advantage. I am a believer that the team with the best record should host the bowl.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2010 10:16 am

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

All great points !!! It is about time a "cold" city got the call. I am not sure about you guys but I would much rather watch a game in the snow than one in the pouring rain... Hello it is FOOTBALL, not baseball, man up !!  Maybe we can get some more "fans" there now, all the corporates will still buy the tickets but now maybe they will stay home and give the tickets to "joe the plumber"...  :-)

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: May 26, 2010 10:11 am

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

I hope it snows 24 inches superbowl sunday and it is the first superbowl not to sell out in decades. Please, this has nothing to do with the outdoor games fantasy. It has all to do with blind greed and milking the largest market. There are other places that have outdoor stadiums, that have better weather, and need the economic boost other than Tampa and Miami. Panther stadium, Jacksonville, San Francisco, Nashville, San Diego, or even Oakland would suffice. All will be in the 45-60 degree range with a minute chance of snow accumulation and be outdoors. All are in greater need of a super bowl than the New York area. I hope it back fires and is remembered as the worst super bowl ever.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2010 9:58 am

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

On Super Bowl weekend this year Washington D.C. was paralyzed by over 30 inches of snow.I only read the first page of the posts so maybe someone has covered this already but what I read from those that support this vote have missed a major problem.

Sure the fans will buy tickets and they will bundle up to stay warm but what if they can not get to the game on time or at all because the streets are paralyzed by snow.

How about if the TV equipment has problems due to the cold and people watching at home miss action.

Sometimes bad weather can make visibility poor and the fans in the stands and at home watching TV can not really get a view (fog, heavy snow or rainfall, etc.).

This is a bad idea.

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

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2010 9:28 am

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: May 26, 2010 9:19 am
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Since: May 26, 2010
Posted on: May 26, 2010 9:09 am

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

why is it that the NFC/AFC championship game can be played in any weather condition, and no one EVER makes a peep about it? .... "but those teams won homefield advantage during the year" what, if it was true that no one can even perform in the cold, than every team outside of warm weather climates should be forced to play in a dome, bc who is going to want to watch a football game where no one can perform up to this "optimum" level.

- People always complain that superbowl is too expensive to attend, and only corporate people get to go to the game, now these same people are complaining that the corporate ticket holders will be uncomfortably cold in their $5,000 seat?

are they holding a PGA tour game in NY or a football game?  you guys are all whiny little girls.

the NY superbowl will do the highest rating and make the most money out of any super bowl in history - BOOK IT.

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2010 8:34 am

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

I think this whole idea is ridiculous.  Being from Cleveland, I have been used to cold weather games my whole life.  But to ask the greatest athletes in the world to perform at optimum level in unacceptable conditions is unreasonable.  I think Goodell should have his head donated to the Smithsonian Institute.

Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2010 8:25 am

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

50% of the super bowl crowd is disinterested in the outcome, they're just there to be there. Those guys will be in the concourse watching the game on TV if it's 10 degrees out...Hope you enjoy seeing a half empty stadium during the game

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2010 8:03 am

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I personaly think its crap that New York gets a Super Bowl, just because there is a bias in sports for the east coast doesnt mean that they should get this game. Chicago opened up a new stadium a few years back and they didnt get one or what about Lambeau Field in Green Bay. They say they want the super bowl in warm climates, but i just think they have there favorites I just think there are other cold weather cities that deserve the game before New York get one

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