One of the biggest consequences to the loss of a football season would be the loss of a Super Bowl. Though the Super Bowl would return the following year, it wouldn’t automatically return to Indianapolis; the next two games after February 2012 already have been awarded to New Orleans and New York/New Jersey.
For the folks in Indy already working hard to get the town ready for the arrival of the football world, they can’t afford to think about what may be.
“We absolutely mean what we’ve been saying and that is we believe common sense will prevail,” 2012 host committee chairman Mark Miles said Friday, according to the Associated Press. “If there is a lockout or any other scenario, we’re going to try and block that out and have blinders on because we believe we’re going to have a game in 2012.”
There’s a point at which a lockout would threaten the season. For the powers-that-be in Indy, the date on which the Super Bowl wouldn’t happen comes much later.
“We’ve thought about every imaginable scenario and we can be ready in February,” Miles said. “The drop dead date for the league to have a season, I think, would probably be earlier than it would be for us because we’re not going to slow down. We’re going to be ready.”
There’s a chance they’ll be ready for something that never happens. Or something that doesn’t happen until 2015 at the earliest.