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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: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2010 12:12 am

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

how is football a winter sport?  half the teams are from warm weather cities you dope... 

Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2010 12:08 am

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

are you crazy..all those games sucked.  they all individual memorable plays but the games overall sucked!!,, 

Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: May 26, 2010 12:00 am

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

All of you are missing the main point here.  Everybody is concerned if its fair or not.  It doesnt matter if its fair, its all about the MONEY.  ROGER GOODELL SAID SHOW ME DA MONEY.  THE NFL SAID SHOW ME DA MONEY.  You know what kind of crazy circus they can have in New Jersey with a Super Bowl?  Thats a money-maker right there and thats why the NFL is doing it.  Its money for everybody, the owners, players, local businesses.  Sure its that way every year for different cities, but this is the heart of the country.  In NY-NJ thats where their gonna make the most money.  And dont be surprised, this is only the beginning.  We will see some other cold cities if this city SHOWS DEM DA MONEY. 

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2010 11:13 pm

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

Oh no, the spectators who know that there's a chance of weather and bought tickets anyways are screwed. It's so terrible. Seriously, anyone who manages to buy the ticket without realizing there's going to be a little snow and maybe a little cold, I'll gladly take your tickets off your hands. Those games are always the most fun to attend anyways.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2010 9:59 pm

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

A couple of thoughts. For the people saying the cold weather teams like pitt, new england, ny will have an advantage. How about the warm weather teams or dome teams have now? If new orleans plays in a dome in the superbowl how is that not an advantage to them on the flipside. I will say though im not sure about this in feb though. Its one thing say in december but feb is the coldest month of the year in the north and you could get a 7-3 game when its 15 degrees with a wind chill of -10 degrees.

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2010 9:53 pm

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

I thought football's a winter sport. So now everyone's crying that it might be cold or even snow? Both teams will play in whatever weather there is, so no one has the advantage. The only ones who might suffer is the fans, but most of them will be drunk anyway, they can just pass out on a pile.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: May 25, 2010 8:33 pm

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

seriously man up. theses guys get millions to play with pigskin in ALL conditions.the best part is watch it be a decent night with no snow but just 30's 40's lol. STOP crying because unless its a blizzard that shuts the city down this thing is gonna pay off and we will see future cold weather games. Good job nFL

Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: May 25, 2010 7:54 pm

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

What a bunch of crap!! The game is suposed to be played outside in all weather if you think just becase the a team is from the Northern climate they will have a advantage what about playing in Florida in the winter? The warm climate team would have the advantage bullshit show up play the game the right way and shut up about the conditions. Man up

Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2010 7:52 pm

Super Size Me: NFL Takes Big Gamble

Yeah - what happens if the host team makes the SB? There goes your neutral field. Here's a radical notion: Place both the SB and the Pro Bowl permanentlhy in Hawaii. Weather will always be gorgeous and the spectators would love it. Of course it'll never happen. You didn't think I was serious, did you??

Since: May 22, 2010
Posted on: May 25, 2010 7:48 pm
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