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New York not a lock for 2014 Super Bowl

As momentum builds toward the first-ever open-air cold-weather Super Bowl, one league source has advised us that it’s not nearly a lock that the new Meadowlands Stadium will host the XLVIIIth edition of the game in February 2014.

Per the source, it’s believed that six key swing votes will decide whether the game lands in New York/New Jersey, Tampa Bay, or South Florida.

It’s also believed that the two Florida candidates could deliver the game to New York/New Jersey by canceling each other out, with those opposed to the first-ever open-air cold-weather Super Bowl voting either for Tampa Bay or for South Florida.  The better approach, then, could be for one of the two Florida towns to stand down, giving New York/New Jersey only one opponent — and therefore giving those opposed to the first-ever open-air cold-weather Super Bowl a way to come together.

Of course, that would happen after two rounds of voting, if one of the cities fails to muster 24 votes in either counting of the ballots.  Thus, in the end the question will be whether 17 want to see the game played in New York/New Jersey or whether 17 don’t.

It’s no secret in league circles that the league office wants to roll the dice on a New York Super Bowl.  And that one-shot-only attitude could be the springboard for one-shot-only Super Bowls in other non-traditional places, like London.

There’s also a concern that the issue is becoming a high school-style popularity contest, with practical issues like the prospect of folks paying upwards of $2,000 per ticket caught in the elements for five hours or longer.  Then again, the tickets are purchased long before anyone knows what the specific forecast will be. 

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31 Responses to “New York not a lock for 2014 Super Bowl”
  1. God's Own Silver and Blue says: May 23, 2010 8:06 PM

    Will heavy jackets and gloves be banned from the 2014 Super Bowl? Unless they are, I am really getting tired of reading the 27 different takes on this story.

  2. DirtMcGirt24 says: May 23, 2010 8:12 PM

    Face value is currently around $800. Aftermarket sales are over $2,000. And if you’re paying that kind of cheddar, you REALLY want to go. And you probably own some Under Armour and various other gear that fans in Green Bay and Buffalo have.

  3. DirtMcGirt24 says: May 23, 2010 8:14 PM

    Face value is currently around $800. Aftermarket sales are over $2,000. And if you’re paying that kind of cheddar, you REALLY want to go. And you probably own some Under Armour and various other gear that fans in Green Bay and Buffalo have.

  4. mrzazz41387 says: May 23, 2010 8:28 PM

    How many more articles can you write where you contradict yourself on a pointless topic?

  5. dyhard says: May 23, 2010 8:32 PM

    it should not be if it is every NFL team should have it now that is fare bring money to each NFL city and jobs

  6. JaggedMark says: May 23, 2010 8:33 PM

    Mike, what’s your opinion on a NY Super Bowl?

  7. TheRedBengal says: May 23, 2010 8:33 PM

    If it was, I’d think that Josh McDaniels was making this dumbass choice.
    BTW, one of the highlights of my day is reading the posts on PFT. There’s not a higher population of cynical bastards anywhere in the world

  8. ampats says: May 23, 2010 8:35 PM

    2014 Super Bowl
    New England vs Green Bay
    Let it snow !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. BBB82 says: May 23, 2010 8:42 PM

    Don’t you mean New Jersey?

  10. SpankyMcWanky says: May 23, 2010 8:49 PM

    I’ll gladly pay thousands of dollars per ticket to go to the Super Bowl to freeze my butt off and be miserable watching a football game that will probably suck because of the weather.
    A close second is watching the Super Bowl at home with a half-filled stadium on the TV.
    Not to mention how the outdoor activities that lead up to the Super Bowl will be miserable also.

  11. Florio-is-a-tool says: May 23, 2010 8:50 PM

    Play a Superbowl in New York in February? How stupid can the NFL be when even us northern fans think it would suck like Rosenthal’s voice?

  12. steelerfan9598 says: May 23, 2010 8:53 PM

    Stop with the London crap already. We’ll keep our Football and they can keep their Football.

  13. Pier588 says: May 23, 2010 9:02 PM

    2014 New Jersey Super Bowl
    Tampa Bay vs San Diego
    A blizzard hits the day before the game, it takes a week to dig things out and get back to normal business in NJ – Super Bowl fans are stuck in NJ/NY and the game is still in limbo. Winter sets in with a vengeance in NJ/NY and it snows every day for the following 3 weeks – Super Bowl fans and teams are still waiting for the stadium to be cleared and the game to be played. The Men’s Final 4 basketball games are on TV – Super Bowl fans and teams are still stuck in NJ/NY waiting for weather clear enough to play the game…

  14. sukit says: May 23, 2010 9:10 PM

    Finally a real football championship. Not this joke warm weather championship BS. Goodell keeps making sweet move after sweet move!

  15. TheRealARod says: May 23, 2010 9:13 PM

    If people aren’t willing to pay that much money for a cold weather game and the stadium doesn’t sell out will the NFL blackout the Superbowl?

  16. Bob S. says: May 23, 2010 9:15 PM

    Why on earth would any southern based team or dome team owner whose players rarely play in the cold in January and whose team was not built for cold windy weather, why would any such a team’s owner vote for a Super Bowl 4 years down the road to be played in wintry conditions when in 4 years time his team has as much chance as anyone’s to get into that game?

  17. Mean D says: May 23, 2010 9:20 PM

    Should be no problems for brain dead liberals. Their guru Al Gore says that by 2014 the temperature in New Jersey will never dip below 80 degrees in February.

  18. irishsamurai says: May 23, 2010 9:51 PM

    the best thing about this post is that,we all now know there will be a post about the 2014 superbowl is a definant lock to win the bid,and the next day will be that there is no way the game will take place there,good stuff though.
    keep on,keep on truckin florio!

  19. Mista T says: May 23, 2010 10:52 PM

    Hopefully, 18 owners will also see the stupidity of playing the SB in New Jersey

  20. bill s says: May 23, 2010 11:33 PM

    Mean D. Has any one told you how stupid you think, or could it just run in the family of republicans? Bill

  21. Brewster says: May 24, 2010 12:16 AM

    Florio said: And that one-shot-only attitude could be the springboard for one-shot-only Super Bowls in other non-traditional places, like London.
    Ah yes, what a good idea. No doubt sponsored by BP, that should play well in the US in about 2015 after our Eastern Coastline, tourism, fishing industry and eco systems are still trying to recover from the disaster BP created.
    Yes a super Bowl in London, what a jolly good idea.
    What is it with this SB in London, BS Florio? Why do you keep suggesting this farcical nonsense?

  22. Martin Keamy says: May 24, 2010 12:43 AM

    Oh Really? You mean…like how you’ve reported for the past week straight that New York was absolutely 100% without a single doubt going to for sure be the choice…there is now a doubt?
    Maybe you’re report about Steve Smith really was accurate… I will never let go of what a jerk you were about that.

  23. 55horses says: May 24, 2010 12:47 AM

    Go ahead, NFL. Plan on playing the 2015 SB in London.
    Just remember to get the Londoners to pay the taxes for all the new stadiums NFL owners want to build on the back of U.S. taxpayers.
    Makes so much sense…build a league based on the money NFL fans have been doling out for over a century in tickets, parking, concessions, sales taxes, room taxes, “special” stadium taxes, blah, blah, blah, and then move the SB to another country.
    Why not move it to the slave labor countries where your official NFL fan jerseys are made by kids in sweat shops who sleep under their sewing machines every night? That way the “fans” attending the event can just walk up some back alley and get their jerseys hot off the factory floor?

  24. east96street. says: May 24, 2010 1:33 AM

    Pier588 says: “A blizzard hits the day before the game, it takes a week to dig things out…Winter sets in with a vengeance in NJ/NY and it snows every day for the following 3 weeks”
    Wow, Great fantasy. Only problem is it has never happened. Never will. You’re apparently confusing NY with Alaska. Blizzards are rare and it has never snowed for three straight weeks.
    New York has a humid subtropical climate according to the Köppen climate classification because the coldest month’s average temperatures are not low enough for persistent snow cover, at 29.5 °F (−1.4 °C) at JFK and 32.1 °F (0.1 °C) in Central Park.
    Was there a blizzard this year? Yep. There was also almost no snow at all in the entire winter 97-98. For the record, Tampa had a blizzard in 1899 and it’s lowest temperature was 18 degrees. Since you’re into worse case scenarios, how do think Tampa would handle a blizzard? Your argument would be more convincing if you had any facts on your side. You don’t like the idea of a cold weather Super Bowl? Not aware of anyone forcing you to go.

  25. GoBrowns19 says: May 24, 2010 6:29 AM

    Can someone tell Roger Goodell that nobody likes London except for him??? Nobody! No players, no fans, no coaches…nobody! You have to wonder why he loves London so much. We don’t even think about London existing other than when it’s brought up on this website.

  26. SixburghDynasty says: May 24, 2010 6:50 AM

    I’m not one of these lowlifes who comments on every story to bash Florio, I love this site.
    That being said, this obsession of his with the Super Bowl in London is getting old and dumb.
    Let them have their “Futbol” complete with their scoreless ties and the every game tradition of someone getting stomped to death.
    Keep the Super Bowl AMERICAN

  27. Bob S. says: May 24, 2010 7:57 AM

    The first week of February in the northeast is notable, not so much for extremely cold weather, since that is past the time of most of the deep freezes of January, but rather because it is statistically at the peak of snowfall season.
    A major 2-feet+ snowstorm would cripple any super bowl, and such storms are most likely to strike in the first week of February.

  28. dboom92 says: May 24, 2010 8:19 AM

    Does anyone care what rednecks (who couldn’t afford a pre-season ticket stub on eBay) think about the Superbowl being played in NY?

  29. fan62 says: May 24, 2010 9:27 AM

    God. If it is held in NJ, I hope there is a blizzard, that keeps it from being played for at least 5 weekends in a row. Would serve anyone in the NFL right for even thinking of holding a SB like this. Just stupid.

  30. robsterNY says: May 24, 2010 1:00 PM

    Pier588….Man you hate the north dont you?…Try getting some facts next time you give a redneck weather report.

  31. Pier588 says: May 25, 2010 10:04 AM

    MeanD – wrong blog for your “brain dead Republican comments” – take them to Fox News or the Rush Limburger show.
    Lob-ster – NY – have another drink. I’m against the “SP” as you like to call it – being played in NJ in Feb.
    Dumb idea all the way around – that doesn’t mean I hate the north – you ever heard of people “moving” from up there before. As for the weather – I can guarantee you there won’t be any snow at Jesse James Stadium in Feb 2014 unless the earth tilts on its axis. The same can’t be said for NJ.

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