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NFL committed to improving Super Bowl experience

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Despite plenty of denials and excuses that were offered during a week in Dallas that needed a temporary seating debacle to draw attention away from the fact that the primary strategy for dealing with a North Texas ice storm consists of hiding under the bed and waiting for it to melt, the NFL now admits that Super Bowl XLV left something to be desired.  Moving forward, the league plans to learn from those mistakes.

NFL senior V.P. Frank Supovitz recently visited Indianapolis, the site of Super Bowl XLVI, to ensure that plans were in place for a far more positive fan experience.

“I think any good business or brand wants to put their customers first, and it’s something we began to talk about immediately” after Super Bowl XLV, Supovitz told the Associated Press.  “There were some well-documented cases about serving our fans well in Dallas, so that’s what this is really about.”

Supovitz also addressed fading concerns that the lockout could wipe out the game, pointing out that the bid permits the game to be bumped back a week, and acknowledging that if the full season is canceled Indy would get another Super Bowl.

“We have contingency plans on top of contingency plans, as the Commissioner has said,” Supovitz said.  “Actually, we had a contingency built into the bid.  So there is flexibility to hold the game on Feb. 12, if necessary.  In terms of additional contingencies, Indianapolis would be able to host the Super Bowl as soon as possible in an unoccupied year.”

The next open date comes in 2015, and that’s surely why the league has not yet voted on a site for the first game to be played after the game is played in New Jersey.  Given the current progress that is being made, hopefully the league will soon have a green light to award the Super Bowl XLIX to Tampa or Arizona.

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  1. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Jun 15, 2011 10:52 PM

    Let’s put the Super Bowl aside for just a second.

    Congrats to the Boston Bruins for winning the Stanley Cup! This wasn’t just a win for the greater Boston area. In a real sense, it was a win for America! Tonight, everyone is a patriot—not of New England, but of the USA. “Beantown” is one of the best sports cities in America.

  2. randysavage4ever says: Jun 15, 2011 11:17 PM

    PLAY THE SUPERBOWL OUTDOORS , it doesnt have to be on the east coast in cold weather, play it out west or in the south,

    BUT PLEASE PLAY THE GAME OF FOOTBALL ON ITS BIGGEST STAGE OUTDOORS, the game has such a better feel to it…

    Outdoor superbowls have such a realer feel & more crucial football vibe

    when the winning team wins the trophy they can look up into the sky, not look up into a dome…

  3. tinopuno says: Jun 15, 2011 11:19 PM

    Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Jun 15, 2011 10:52 PM
    Congrats to the Boston Bruins for winning the Stanley Cup! This wasn’t just a win for the greater Boston area. In a real sense, it was a win for America!

    —————————————————-

    Last time I checked, Canada was in America.

    I suspect there were quite a few ‘Americans’ in the USA pulling for Vancouver, if for no other reason than that they find Boston fans almost as obnoxious as fans from NY City.

  4. jimmysee says: Jun 15, 2011 11:25 PM

    Step one — get ticket holders in the door and to their seats.

  5. massappeal12345 says: Jun 15, 2011 11:48 PM

    In Patriotsland, Bobby Kraft won’t even tell how many tickets go into a lottery for the Superbowl. Many tickets go to people who never sat through a wet/frozen game or vastly overpaid for that small parking space.

    It’s all so very hush-hush.

  6. alberthaynesworth says: Jun 16, 2011 12:10 AM

    Hey hey hey…

  7. sdisme says: Jun 16, 2011 12:31 AM

    Step one – No more superbowls in Dallas.

    Step two – No more superbowls on Fox

    WaLa the issue is fixed

  8. pdxpanther says: Jun 16, 2011 1:07 AM

    Step 1: Don’t sell tickets to seats that don’t exist.

    Step 2: …… No, that’s about it.

  9. thumper59 says: Jun 16, 2011 5:25 AM

    agree fox sucks superbowl in new zealand?

  10. wallyhorse says: Jun 16, 2011 5:36 AM

    Personally, if this season is wiped out because of the lockout, Indy should get the Super Bowl the next year (2013) with New Orleans and New York each pushed back by one year (to 2014 and 2015 respectively), as Indy should get the next Super Bowl played regardless of whether it’s in February 2012 or February 2013 even if it inconveniences New Orleans and/or New York to move back their game by one year each. If this season is abbreviated and we wind up with a Super Bowl with an asterisk because of that, Indy should get Super Bowl XVIX in 2015 to make up for having a tarnished Super Bowl this time around.

  11. wallyhorse says: Jun 16, 2011 5:48 AM

    It’s about time that the NFL admitted what really happened, even if it really was something that could not be realistically prepared for: The worst ice storm to hit the entire South Central region in 50+ years that crippled travel all over the place. The fact is, even under the criteria the NFL normally has with awarding an outdoor Super Bowl with a normal high of 50 degrees would NOT have eliminated Dallas, and if the weather had been warm enough (say in the 70s, which it actually was the Sunday before the game), the roof could have even been opened for the game.

    There was no way anyone could have realistically prepared for something like that when such snow/ice storms rarely hits Dallas in that matter (while Dallas does have some winter weather, it’s usually short-lived and NOT what happened Super Bowl week), and it’s not like it was just Dallas that was affected: Houston only had temperatures barely above freezing for much of Super Bowl week, as was also the case in New Orleans, while Oaklawn Park (in Hot Springs, Ark.) had to cancel six consecutive racing programs due to the same storm that affected Dallas. This was a freak storm that affected huge portions of the Midwest, South Central and Southwest regions, far from only paralyzing Dallas.

    The other problems with seating and the like were likely hampered by all the bad weather that hit not just Dallas, but the entire region as some people who likely were supposed to work on getting the stadium ready were not able to get to the stadium due to poor road conditions from the ice storm.

  12. joetoronto says: Jun 16, 2011 7:00 AM

    Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Jun 15, 2011 10:52 PM

    Let’s put the Super Bowl aside for just a second.

    Congrats to the Boston Bruins for winning the Stanley Cup! This wasn’t just a win for the greater Boston area. In a real sense, it was a win for America! Tonight, everyone is a patriot—not of New England, but of the USA. “Beantown” is one of the best sports cities in America.
    ************************************************
    “In a real sense, it was a win for America”

    Oh ya. I’m sure if you took the 17 Canadian players the Bruins have off their roster, they’d still win the cup.

  13. dempsey63 says: Jun 16, 2011 7:45 AM

    How about an overhaul of the Super Bowl halftime show? It has become so formulaic: book an aging rock band that is barely relevant, surround the stage with thousands of “adoring” teenagers waving glow sticks who have never heard of the act, make sure at least one close-up shot catches the lead singer with his mouth closed and the microphone at waist level while his voice magically and majestically continues on without him and belies the sordid underside of lip-synching.

    What we need is The Battle of the Marching Bands: Grambling vs. Southern University. No horde of teeny boppers, no 5-minute commercial breaks for the setting up and taking down of elaborate staging…just an eye-popping display of musical talent and unbridled enthusiasm that will leave the rest of the world in awe.

  14. awdlmd says: Jun 16, 2011 8:02 AM

    They really need to focus on improving the Super Bowl TV experience, specifically the mind boggling lameness before the game.

  15. dd393 says: Jun 16, 2011 8:20 AM

    If that’s what the NFL wants, then it will have to make the game for the fans, not for the egos of the Jerry Jones’s of life.

  16. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Jun 16, 2011 8:38 AM

    @tinopuno…
    In standard English usage, “America” is universally recognized as a shorthand for the United States. Consult any authoritative dictionary source. Also, in America, as well as throughout the world, good sports congratulate winners. Bad sports don’t.

    @joetoronto…
    Look on the bright side. There’s always the Buffalo Bills.

  17. jcusa514 says: Jun 16, 2011 9:02 AM

    Here’s an idea to improve fan experience at the Super Bowl, host it in Miami, Arizona, New Orleans, and Tampa, ONLY. I love how they want to do this and the next Super Bowl is in Indianapolis. FUN

  18. steelerlady43 says: Jun 16, 2011 9:48 AM

    Jerry Jones and that fiasco in Dallas for the SB was all Karma…greedy man’s karma…he thought we was going to bank on all the desperate people wanting to get to Dallas to see their teams battling it out..2 of the biggest fan bases in the NFL and guess what…it cost him MORE than he was going to make with his greed. I will say this I looked for SB tickets 1 week before the AFC & NFC Championship game son ticketmaster and you could find SB tickets for $1200 piece in 400 section AFTER the AFC & NFC Championship games and those $1200 seats went to $2400 after Steelers vs Packers SB was announced, $11,000 50 yrd line seats..unreal…Gimme a break!!!!

    I live in Tampa and was blessed enough to go to SB 43 and Tampa has a nice stadium..it was fun and not too many bells and whistles but a great time and a great SB…my point being, just have a great place to have it without price gouging the customers and it will be a good experience for all.

  19. marvsleezy says: Jun 16, 2011 11:57 AM

    Put the Superbowl in Buffalo, and just make it a huge party with tailgating all day – And lower ticket prices.

  20. NoHomeTeam says: Jun 16, 2011 1:40 PM

    “Given the current progress that is being made, hopefully the league will soon have a green light to award the Super Bowl XLIX to Tampa or Arizona.”

    Given the current progress that is being made, hopefully the league will soon have a green light to award the Super Bowl XLIX to Los Angeles.

    Fixed it for ya, Mike

  21. jtp11b says: Jun 16, 2011 11:44 PM

    I love the NFL, but the fans are ridiculous. Why is it the only sport where the play on the field is the last thing on the minds of the the fans. The superbowl is about crowning a champion not if the game is played in the out doors on 70 degree weather in February. It’s not about golf its about football. Anyone who is bad nothing indy has obviously never been there. It’s a great town. If you took a poll of athletes, coaches and media figures you would find the vast majority love indy. Most of the people I have heard who have bad mouthed indy, have whined about not being able to play golf and tan.

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