Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been vocal in his support of awarding Super Bowl XLVIII to the New York/New Jersey area. And while the main thrust of his position comes from a desire to provide a benefit to the region, he acknowledges that there’s at least a partial selfish motivation at play.
“I want it,” Kraft said, per Albert Breer of the Boston Globe. “I would love to reward our fans and do it in our
region. I just think it’s too hard. You need cooperation on a lot of
fronts to put an event like this on, and it’s much easier to do in a
warm-weather climate. And that is, by and large, what I would prefer. This is a unique stadium in a unique city at a unique time.”
Still, if the folks in New York/New Jersey get lucky and Super Bowl XLVIII goes off without a hitch under a blanket of high pressure and unseasonable warmth, the NFL will continue to consider playing Russian roulette with a cold-weather Super Bowl until the weather provides the equivalent of Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction.