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NFL plans “spectacular” Super Bowl L

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The next three Super Bowls will be held in New Orleans, New York, and Arizona, respectively.  And the NFL has big plans for the next championship game to be awarded:  Super Bowl L.

“We are looking at plans to make it spectacular,” Commissioner Roger Goodell told the media on Wednesday.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has said that he “absolutely” plans to make a bid for the 50th Super Bowl.

Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal looked at possible locations last month, identifying Santa Clara (site of the new 49ers stadium), New Orleans, and Tampa as real contenders.  Kaplan described Miami, Indianapolis, and L.A. as having a “slight” chance of getting the game, with London falling into the “extremely remote” category.

“I do not know who is bidding on it,” Goodell said Wednesday.  “I know there will be quite a bit of competition for it . . . and that is an important game for us as a league.”

Goodell said that the game will be awarded in the fall, or “no later a year from now.”

The first Super Bowl was played in Los Angeles, but it seems unlikely that a viable stadium will be constructed only XLVI months from now.

UPDATE 6:05 p.m. ET:  In response to our posting of this story on Twitter (where we post links to all our stories, in case you didn’t know), NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said to expect a decision in May 2013.

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  1. benh999 says: Mar 28, 2012 5:53 PM

    Good thing we are back to single digits for numbering. Steelers Nation will have a much easier time keeping up.

  2. mrf47 says: Mar 28, 2012 5:53 PM

    If they wanted to make it “spectacular” they could just play it on a Saturday.

  3. tjacks7 says: Mar 28, 2012 5:56 PM

    This should be spectacular, who’s performing at halftime? William Hung? It would be an improvement over the last couple.

  4. curtispaintersbackup says: Mar 28, 2012 5:57 PM

    Chalk up another “L” for Jerry Jones and company.

  5. dv5454 says: Mar 28, 2012 5:57 PM

    Football is a wonderful sport. I think most of the folks who visit this site are like me – Die-Hard fans of a team. I’ve been a fan of my team since I was 5 years old. I’ve stayed with my team through the good years and the bad.

    I understand the NFL is in a constant battle of maintaining fresh but please, please don’t fix something that isn’t broken.

    If it’s a good game, the people will watch. We won’t remember the bells and the whistles. We remember Young having the monkey pulled off his back, Elway spinning through the air in route to his first Super Bowl, Favre pulling his helmet off after throwing his first touchdown.

    Let it be.

  6. jasnite says: Mar 28, 2012 5:58 PM

    Pasadena…… No brainer……NOT Jerry Jones house…

  7. nineroutsider says: Mar 28, 2012 6:00 PM

    “Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has said that he “absolutely” plans to make a bid for the 50th Super Bowl.”

    Too bad because the 50th Super Bowl will be right here in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area!

    @benh999 – pretty dumb (only the 50th will have “single digits” for a while), but you are right about the Steeler Nation having a hard time keeping it. I couldn’t agree more.

  8. sadskinsfan89 says: Mar 28, 2012 6:03 PM

    @dv5454. thank you very well written. The love of the game is what its about. I cannot stand what the nfl has become the last 5-7 years. So much drama

  9. stairwayto7 says: Mar 28, 2012 6:03 PM

    Why do I have a feeling it will be in New York with Lady Gaga as halftime show.

  10. gotampabay52 says: Mar 28, 2012 6:06 PM

    Love it in Tampa but Jerry and his jumbo tron will probally get it

  11. tennis22drew says: Mar 28, 2012 6:06 PM

    Hopefully they are going to announce the end of using roman numerals

  12. freedomispopular says: Mar 28, 2012 6:07 PM

    Why not the Coliseum?

  13. murphintampa says: Mar 28, 2012 6:08 PM

    Anyone, this guy Kaplan included, who thinks that London has ANY chance (even an”extremely remote” chance) at hosting this game cannot be taken credibly as a source.

  14. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 28, 2012 6:10 PM

    Are they going to raise Elvis from the dead? At the rate they’re bring in old people, they might as well.

  15. underrated49ers says: Mar 28, 2012 6:11 PM

    This means that Madonna, Lady Gaga, Nicky Minaj and the girl from the Black Eyes peas will all sing a capella at half time.

  16. thehairychestsportsblog says: Mar 28, 2012 6:13 PM

    What obscene gesture, nudity or autotune voice will we be going for this year. I am sure all of the old timers like Bednarik, Huff and Dawson watch the halftime show and think….wow im happy with the NFL has become…lol..pathetic

  17. vontazemebro says: Mar 28, 2012 6:13 PM

    Gruden will say it’s “one of the best”.

  18. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 28, 2012 6:22 PM

    Metrodome 2.0.

  19. biggmc says: Mar 28, 2012 6:22 PM

    Play it at Wembley….

  20. opinevain says: Mar 28, 2012 6:23 PM

    If Tebow is there, everyone including football haters will watch

  21. mattsffrd says: Mar 28, 2012 6:25 PM

    Putting it on a Saturday would be awesome, but the NFL would never do it…it makes too much sense, which we all know the NFL will have no part of.

  22. darthhitman77 says: Mar 28, 2012 6:27 PM

    The most epic thing about it is the fact that the Detroit Lions will be in it

  23. athoula707 says: Mar 28, 2012 6:32 PM

    Santa Clara book it and 49ers will be playing in the super bowl..

  24. jbl429 says: Mar 28, 2012 6:32 PM

    After threatening to sue the league, Jerry Jones has 0% chance of getting Super Bowl L.

  25. mrcosio says: Mar 28, 2012 6:33 PM

    Will it be…….Spectacularge?

  26. seahawks4alltime says: Mar 28, 2012 6:34 PM

    A superbowl in Seattle would be great!

  27. sportsinhd says: Mar 28, 2012 6:52 PM

    It’s an insult to other Super Bowls to make one game “more spectacular” than the others. Winning Super Bowl 50 is no more important than winning Super Bowl 40.

  28. gator2006 says: Mar 28, 2012 6:53 PM

    Cowboys won SB XXX. It’s going to be a long time before a better SB acronym comes around.

  29. touchdownroddywhite says: Mar 28, 2012 6:57 PM

    Bring it back to Indy. Now that we’ve had a practice run I can assure you the next one will the best event you’ve ever been to in your life

  30. orthomarine says: Mar 28, 2012 6:58 PM


  31. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 28, 2012 7:05 PM

    All the fans of these wannabe SB teams.

    You have to wait for Super Bowl LOL, dopes.

  32. djaehne says: Mar 28, 2012 7:06 PM

    Coming to Houston with Hall @ Oates, or in KC with Abba. hahahaha, KC can open up the Roundhouse Roadkil BBQ serving it up all week.

  33. steelerhypocrite says: Mar 28, 2012 7:19 PM

    Can’t wait to see another crappy lip sync performance.

  34. woodyg says: Mar 28, 2012 7:23 PM

    The Packers don’t care where it’s played. Just bring on another AFC patsy to be whooped by the G&G.

  35. chuckyd317 says: Mar 28, 2012 7:29 PM

    Historic Lambeau Field… best stadium in all of sports…

  36. notmanning says: Mar 28, 2012 7:40 PM

    Denver please. In Mile High. You know, Peyton’s Place!! PM can go out on top, with a ring!

  37. profootballwalk says: Mar 28, 2012 7:44 PM

    During Super Bowl L week, they’ll still be arguing about whether Sanchez or Tebow should be the Jets’ starter.

  38. dfwbillsfan14221 says: Mar 28, 2012 7:46 PM

    Ralph Wilson Stadium. 50th yr of the SB, 100th yr of Ralph Wilson (the owner, not the stadium!)
    Ok, if that didn’t sell ya, did I mention bars close at 4am in B-lo? Great weather is generally the norm in early Feb. Did I mention the bars close at 4am?

  39. franknunley57 says: Mar 28, 2012 7:46 PM

    The Sunday before Presidents Day.

  40. conormacleod says: Mar 28, 2012 7:54 PM

    You have to close your eyes to really feel and appreciate Lambeau…..because when you open them you see what a crap hole it really is.

  41. tropboi11 says: Mar 28, 2012 7:55 PM

    Bring it to Tampa baby!

  42. conormacleod says: Mar 28, 2012 7:57 PM

    Stop with the requests for any site that isn’t 70 degrees and above. It’s hard to be spectacular when you’re freezing your ass off.

  43. coreyg10 says: Mar 28, 2012 8:02 PM

    not New Orleans….jeez, they get rewarded for cheating?

  44. ascensionparish says: Mar 28, 2012 8:11 PM

    New Orleans, the true home of the Super Bowl.

  45. tmb333 says: Mar 28, 2012 8:19 PM

    Indy was spectacular. The site and all the activities being the same area make for an awesome fan experience.

  46. stevenfbrackett says: Mar 28, 2012 8:39 PM

    If LA can get their new stadium built in time – they could have it there. A whole “return to the city where it all began with Superbowl 1” thing. Then, if they haven’t already, they can announce which team is moving to LA.

  47. djvicdogg says: Mar 28, 2012 9:04 PM

    Why not bring it back to the city that hosts the best Super Bowls…SAN DIEGO. The stadium might be old but at least you can see the field from every seat (unlike Dallas). Best weather in the nation doesn’t hurt either.

  48. lordjoshington says: Mar 28, 2012 9:19 PM

    Doesn’t matter where it is, RG3 will be MVP!!

  49. artflooney says: Mar 28, 2012 9:35 PM

    If they want to make it special, don’t have it in a dome. Dome football just seems so dingy on TV, super bowl or not.

  50. db105 says: Mar 28, 2012 9:36 PM

    djvicdogg says:
    Mar 28, 2012 9:04 PM
    Why not bring it back to the city that hosts the best Super Bowls…SAN DIEGO. The stadium might be old but at least you can see the field from every seat (unlike Dallas). Best weather in the nation doesn’t hurt either.
    ———————————————————————————–Have you even been to that stadium. There’s obstructed view seats all over the stadium. Might explain why they don’t sellout Charger games regularly.

  51. liltaz27 says: Mar 28, 2012 10:20 PM

    London? Really? London?

    I know the article says its a remote possibility, but this whole idea of forcing games to be played across the Atlantic is really getting annoying. No matter how remote it is. The only way having games over there makes sense for the league is to either set up a conference or division of at least 4 teams that way there isn’t a whole lot of travel. I could go on and on and on, but I don’t have the time. The underlying truth here is that the NFL has no place in London so stop trying to force the issue.

  52. mungman69 says: Mar 28, 2012 10:29 PM

    Why don’t they have it in Toronto? Or Hawaii?

  53. jerseypatriot76 says: Mar 28, 2012 11:02 PM

    JacksonvilLe can’t wait to host the big game again.

  54. cmpenny says: Mar 28, 2012 11:08 PM

    These Roman numerals are getting ridiculous. Just use the damn number. Most of the time I have no idea what number it is!

  55. rollteal says: Mar 29, 2012 2:11 AM

    Hawaii really ? Hell they don’t even hardly attend pro-bowls. It should be in the Rose Bowl end of story.

  56. darthhitman77 says: Mar 29, 2012 8:18 AM

    babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 28, 2012 7:05 PM

    All the fans of these wannabe SB teams.

    You have to wait for Super Bowl LOL, dopes.

    Says the name without a face. I’m betting…with a name like yours that you’re a Colts fan. Babyhorse OR, you watch a lot of my little pony. Morgan, your team sucks so bad and you’re sick and tired of your colleagues on the playground making fun of you for watching all those my little pony shows you’ve turned to the bottle

  57. riverdog1988 says: Mar 29, 2012 11:15 AM

    The venue will be an easier decision than the half-time show, based on recent history. What meth-addict moron selects the talent for half-time. I’ve seen enough Madonna, Lady Gag-me and Black-eye peed-on for a lifetime. Roseann Barr butchering the national anthem. Better to exhume Michael than to rerun Janet’s sagging nipple piercing fifteen seconds of fame. Can it really be that difficult to find quality available talent, that doesn’t want to expose their privates or their ignorance, for the biggest show on TV? Apparently yes, if you’ve bothered to watch any of the elaborate but not very entertaining intermission.

  58. stevemdlthn says: Mar 30, 2012 6:24 AM

    Goodell is not welcome in New Orleans ever…….. Enter at your own risk

  59. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Apr 1, 2012 12:34 AM

    New Orleans should be destroyed by a hurricane for good and its team wiped from history.

    the superior fans of the 49ers

  60. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Apr 1, 2012 12:36 AM

    SF Bay Area > ‘los angeles’ who will forever SUCK and will never have a team (take the loser raiders back please!)

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