Inside the Super Bowl L and LI voting process

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With only two cities vying for Super Bowl L and then only two cities squaring off for Super Bowl LI on Tuesday, the voting process becomes much more simple than if three or more cities were being considered for one game.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tells PFT via email that the procedure initially will consist of San Francisco and South Florida squaring off, with owners voting via secret ballot for one or the other.  If either gets 24 of 32 votes, that bid wins the game.

If neither gets the 75-percent supermajority, the voting immediately transforms in round two to a simple majority, with 17 votes winning.

If the owners deadlock at 16, the voting continues.  Indefinitely.

After the host for Super Bowl L is named, the loser then takes on Houston for Super Bowl LI, with the same rules applying.

The two-tiered approach gives Texans owner Bob McNair a clear strategy when voting for the Super Bowl L host.  He needs to vote for the city he thinks Houston is less likely to beat for Super Bowl LI.

9 responses to “Inside the Super Bowl L and LI voting process

  1. San Francisco (or Santa Clara) will definitely get SB L. I would assume that Houston will get SB LI because they have not hosted since the Panthers-Patriots in 2003-2004 season.

    Miami and New Orleans have hosted the most SB’s of any metropolitan area and I believe it to be time for a little diversity.

  2. There must be more to the rules, cause “indefinitely” can’t work if the owners remained deadlocked at 16 all the way to when the game is supposed to be played. How do they determine it if they can’t obtain a 17th vote?

  3. What’s better than to play in sunny South Florida during that time of year. Besides, players, coaches, TV people, and fans get to enjoy the beaches, night clubs, and the Miami experience, plus the game.

  4. “If neither gets the 75-percent supermajority, the voting immediately transforms in round two to a simple majority..”

    Uh… why not just vote majority in the first place?

  5. Nobody, I mean nobody wants to go to Houston. The stadium is miles away from downtown, midtown, and uptown. It’s in a terrible location for an event like this. Only the stadium in Arlington is in a worse location. What else is there to do in Houston During the week anyway? Nothing.

  6. Houston’s new screen that got approved that is more than double of that in Jerry World would make a good case to host it.

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