San Francisco favored to land Super Bowl L as owners go to vote Tues.
On Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings in Boston, a vote will be taken to decide where Super Bowl L will be played.
The votes for Super Bowl L and LI will be awarded at the league meeting in Boston, and San Francisco, Miami and Houston are the front-runners.
With the South Florida bid experiencing stadium fundings issues, and the San Francisco bid gaining momentum with its new stadium on the horizon, league sources would be shocked if the bid does not go to the 49ers, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.
Similarly, Houston is expected to land Super Bowl LI; the Texans are competing with the loser of the Super Bowl L vote for the ensuing Super Bowl.
The NFL is also working on proposals for a new league calendar at this meeting -- the draft will be pushed back as part of it, sources told La Canfora -- and the league could announce a new format for the Pro Bowl as well, with officials working for months now finalizing details of a format that would involve players picking teams after the pool of Pro Bowl players had come from the existing voting process.
A three-quarters majority is required in Tuesday's vote to secure the 2016 hosting rights.
"It's not a question of whether people wanted to come here in the past," Daniel Lurie, head of the Bay Area's Super Bowl bid committee, told Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. "It's the fact that we were missing one key thing, and that's a place to play the greatest game. And we have that now.
"We have this tremendous facility going up very quickly that will be a great place to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl."
Maiocco also reports that the stadium will, understandably, be the "centerpiece" to the presentation the Bay Area Super Bowl committee gives to owners on Monday.
NFL.com's Albert Breer reported additional inclusions for the presentation, including high-level technology, a "green" stadium (likely the greenest ever) and the fact that the league will be returning to California for the start of it all: Super Bowl I was played in Los Angeles.
"Plans are for Levi's Stadium to be the NFL's first ticketless, cashless building, with fans having the ability to control their experience through smartphones," Breer wrote Sunday.
If that's the case, and Santa Clara can deliver on that for Super Bowl L, it's hard to imagine the vote even being close. Miami needed to get money for renovations approved by now to warrant passing up Santa Clara for this milestone Super Bowl.
"The House leadership has made our efforts to bring the Super Bowl back to Miami and South Florida much more difficult," Rodney Barreto, chairman of the South Florida Super Bowl Host Committee, told the Associated Press.
The Dolphins, meanwhile, are more than aware.
"This is not the stadium we had hoped we could include in the bid," Dolphins CEO Mike Dee told the AP. "But we will be there when the NFL owners vote, and we'll put our best foot forward."
Miami's biggest obstacle at this point, though, might be Houston. If (read: when) they lose to San Francisco in bidding for Super Bowl L, they'll be put in the running to host Super Bowl LI in 2017 and be pitted against the Texans' home city.
Don't expect over-confidence from Houston, however.
"Certainly what happened doesn't help Miami's bid. There's no doubt about that," Texans owner Bob McNair told the AP. "But that doesn't say that the owners couldn't decide to still go to Miami."
We'll know sooner than later, and at that point have our path for the next few Super Bowls locked in. The Super Bowl in 2014 will be an outdoor adventure in New York, 2015 will feature a return to Phoenix and the 2016 will be decided this week. All signs, at least for right now, are pointing west.
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