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Stadium quid pro quo could scare cities away from Super Bowl bids

The decision to give the Super Bowl to Minnesota in the first year that the team’s to-be-opened stadium was eligible to bid for the game has sent a clear message to all other NFL cities that may be considering giving public money to the construction of a new stadium:  If you build it, the Super Bowl will come.


There’s another message that’s being sent to the potential Super Bowl cities that already have their stadiums:  If you’ll be going up against a city with a new stadium built in part by taxpayer dollars, don’t bother.

And that could make things interesting next year, if/when (when) Atlanta makes a formal request for Super Bowl LIII to be played at the venue that resembles a giant change purse.

If enough other cities decide to pass on making a pitch for Super Bowls when new stadiums built in part by public money are in the mix, the bids in those years suddenly won’t be as good as they otherwise would be.

Which makes it even more important to make cities like Denver, Philly, Washington, etc. think they’ve got a snowball’s chance to get the game.

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48 Responses to “Stadium quid pro quo could scare cities away from Super Bowl bids”
  1. sammyias says: May 22, 2014 5:30 PM

    If your tax payers grease our palms, we will grease their rears.

  2. dawgnme says: May 22, 2014 5:33 PM

    As if they had a chance otherwise. Indy was as deluded as the above cities you mentioned would be.

  3. mackcarrington says: May 22, 2014 5:36 PM

    Good news for fans in Buffalo.

  4. doctorrustbelt says: May 22, 2014 5:37 PM

    EVERY NFL city with a publicly funded stadium should get a Super Bowl.


  5. sparky256dsl says: May 22, 2014 5:37 PM

    When guests come over you always break out the fine china and the good table cloth. Why is this any different? The Superbowl is watched by millions and the NFL wants to show the best it has to offer.

  6. jimb031 says: May 22, 2014 5:38 PM

    I still dont get why they couldnt have just had Minny take SB 53. NOLA had history on its side. Minny had a new stadium.

    Yet historical significance was ignored and the new stadium couldn’t wait one year. If there were ever a reason to award a SB to city going against a new stadium this was it.

    This is absolutely a turn off to bid for SBs when competing with new stadiums.

  7. contra74 says: May 22, 2014 5:39 PM

    Its only right – taxpayer money was used in part to build the stadium so might as well return the favor by bringing a LOT of revenue that comes with hosting the game .

  8. nickster31 says: May 22, 2014 5:43 PM

    I would LOVE to watch a Super Bowl played in a blizzard. They should alternate between all 32 teams. Each city SHOULD get the chance to host.
    Dont worry about corporate sponsors, the tickets will be sold out.

  9. mogogo1 says: May 22, 2014 5:43 PM

    Not getting the final paragraph equating Denver and Philly with Washington. Invesco in Denver and Lincoln Field in Philly are both relatively new, each only about a decade or so old. FedEx Field in Washington dates to the early ’90s and is famous for having the worst playing surface in the entire NFL.

  10. SparkyGump says: May 22, 2014 5:45 PM

    There’s no welfare like corporate welfare.

  11. fargovikesfan says: May 22, 2014 5:46 PM

    New Orleans has hosted more than its fair share of Super Bowls, and last time they couldn’t even keep the damn lights on…

  12. blackandbluedivision says: May 22, 2014 5:51 PM

    I guess that explains why any city in the state of Florida is almost hardly mentioned any any future Super Bowl sites.

  13. doctorrustbelt says: May 22, 2014 5:53 PM

    The NFL is admitting their product is weak when they argue for warm weather, scenic, tourist cities and avoid available NFL cities with publicly funded stadiums.

  14. doctorrustbelt says: May 22, 2014 5:57 PM

    The media and special interests will always argue for the warm weather, party locations out of their own selfishness.

  15. macneil4025 says: May 22, 2014 5:58 PM

    NOLA can stick it up their craw, who cares if it’s the 300 year anniversary of the city!! It’s not like people are gonna not come there and party it up because the super bowl isn’t going to be there. Minneapolis deserves this game, get in the back of the line!!

  16. rdrfan says: May 22, 2014 5:59 PM

    You hear that Oakland. Let’s get her done.

  17. iamkillerfin says: May 22, 2014 5:59 PM

    Miami won’t have another Super Bowl till Ross builds another stadium & He’ll move the team first!!!

  18. Success Matters says: May 22, 2014 6:00 PM

    From what I’ve heard/read Minn proposal was weak compared to Indy and NO. I can’t wait to hear the stories about weather all over again. I agree when public money is involved its great to reward the fan base, but the bid needs to be competitive. I think it’s more about the new stadium not the tax payers or location.

  19. tee1227 says: May 22, 2014 6:01 PM

    The league has to understand that most people view Super Bowl week as some sort of winter break, especially the fans who teams are playing in the game. No one wants to spend a week enduring frigid weather. They got lucky weather wise with New York, but they are rolling the dice big time with Minnesota. I understand they’re building an indoor stadium, nut the whole city isn’t indoors. Hope there’s a back up plan for flight cancellations due to freezing weather.

  20. vikingsgohard says: May 22, 2014 6:03 PM

    The new stadium is scheduled to be open June of 2016 that’s long before 2018 SB which would be the 2017 season

  21. stellarperformance says: May 22, 2014 6:06 PM

    Revenue generation from SuperBowls is a myth.

  22. doctorrustbelt says: May 22, 2014 6:07 PM

    There shouldn’t even be talk about bids.

    Just give each publicly funded NFL stadium a Super Bowl.

    Spread the wealth.

  23. billytodd2013blbaad says: May 22, 2014 6:09 PM

    every team in the NFL should get to host a superbowl..not necessarilly play in one.

  24. flexx91 says: May 22, 2014 6:12 PM

    From what I’ve seen, the team that plays in Minnesota is also weak compared to the teams that play in New Orleans and Indianapolis.

  25. ilovefoolsball says: May 22, 2014 6:13 PM

    It would’ve been nice for New Orleans to have it for their tricentennial but I understand that the owner’s priorities were with making more money.

    I mean the city of N.O. is older than The United States.

  26. granadafan says: May 22, 2014 6:13 PM

    Roger: You pay for our brand new stadiums or you don’t get a Super Bowl!

    Cuban’s arguments become more and more true with every story.

  27. mathias122413 says: May 22, 2014 6:13 PM

    Kevin Costner approves this methodology by the NFL.

  28. scamp516dp says: May 22, 2014 6:18 PM

    Hear that Chicago! OLD man Daley would not be outdone anywhere by anyone! I mean the real power-broker Daley. Forget artificial turf at Soldier Field, been there and done that before. Time for the Halas family to pony-up some of Papa Bear’s money. Do not let Michael McCaskey screw this one up with his Ivy League education. Spend some money and make some money and Cook County as well as Illinois will be back on the power map.

  29. jfr11 says: May 22, 2014 6:19 PM

    As a fan of a cold weather team I dream of the day my team makes the Super Bowl and I travel to the sunny south for a week of Super Bowl activities leaving the snow and cold behind! But with cold weather cities getting the game I know that the year they finally make it Will be in NY or some other frozen city in Feb!

  30. mediasloppy says: May 22, 2014 6:27 PM

    Why would you NOT want a Super Bowl in new Stadiums? They are full of current technology and catered to the whole football experience. With nice new HDTV’s most people will stay home. Now when you go to a new stadium they will have video everywhere. Interactive tablets and devices to enjoy while watching and all kinds of things.

    Plus they adapt to Super Bowls. In Minnesota they are making like a mile long Super Bowl Boulevard full of indoor and outdoor activities embracing all the Winter activities a person could want.

    The only thing that could go wrong is if it just happens to be a Winter Storm. Then again. Massive storms hit every State on any given day.

    As for freezing weather you can get anywhere downtown by taking a skyway or hopping on light rail. By the time the whole area is built it’ll be a new downtown area with everything you need.

    As for the Bids. Indy and NO have the same stuff and MN is new. The Stadium was the selling point though. I’m sure they have it online somewhere.

  31. wwttww says: May 22, 2014 6:38 PM

    I hope you personally never lay foot in our “Change Purse”, further you are from Atlanta the better.

  32. SeenThisB4 says: May 22, 2014 6:39 PM

    I don’t know how other cities will react, because even though it takes months of planning and coordinating to put a bid package together, not to mention, a lot of money, the reward a successful bid garnered always made it a worthy investment.

    But the message was clear this week, the bid from New Orleans, and even Indianapolis, was better than the bare bones bid proposal from Minnesota, all they presented was their new stadium period.

    In the future, New Orleans will carefully weigh who else gets invited to put a bid proposal together, BEFORE they accept it and/or before they decide to go all out like they did this year. No way New Orleans will put an expensive package together for the 2019 game, when atlanta will put in a bid with their bid for the game in their new stadium. They won’t say “No Thanks” to the NFL if they get invited to bid against a new stadium, but they’ll probably only spend enough money for a couple of postcards to handout. In fact, any city that puts together a first class bid versus a city with a new stadium, must have money to burn, cause that’s exactly what they’ll be doing.

  33. mrbigass says: May 22, 2014 6:39 PM

    Never understood why NOLA gets so many SBs. The stadium is an antique and Bourbon Street is just downright nasty……

  34. clintblairjr says: May 22, 2014 6:45 PM

    These new stadium look good but are not very fan friendly! The one in Dallas doesnt even have escalators! The thing is unless you pay big bucks it will be a terrible experience. I felt cramped and like if I leaned alittle forward I might fall to a horrible death! I love Reliant bc it has everything you need and every seat is a good one!

  35. dc4546 says: May 22, 2014 7:00 PM

    The NFL is slowly starting to wane on me. I still love it, but I am finally starting to question why. Call it “battered wife” syndrome if you will. There is no other sport that captivates me like NFL football, but for the first time in my life I am starting to look around. I’m a huge fan, but this “you will take what we give you and like it…what are you going to do” stance they have been taking recently is really starting to make me question things.

  36. ivanpavlov0000 says: May 22, 2014 7:08 PM

    I don’t understand what taxpayer dollars have to do with it. Who has built a stadium with all private money?

    If you build a new stadium, you get a Super Bowl. But … that doesn’t mean the taxpayers are getting back the cost of the stadium.

    The NFL is a revenue sharing organization that relies heavily on public financing … not exactly a bunch of free market capitalists. Let the billionaire owners pay for their own stadiums.

  37. csbanter says: May 22, 2014 7:13 PM

    The NFL is the hottest thing going in sports, and they know this. They will have SuperBowls locked up for the next ten to 15 years by 2020. You know its real if a deal like the DirectTV-AT&T one hinges on NFL Sunday Ticket.

  38. guitarmaninks says: May 22, 2014 7:48 PM

    Let’s say a world famous opera company is willing to move to a city but wanted a new opera house, offered to pay half the money to construct the opera house, have limited engagements, collect zero dollars for other events held there and owned nothing…you would be saying what a great deal for the tax payers.

  39. phluffyclouds says: May 22, 2014 7:51 PM

    That new Atlanta stadium is hideous ..

  40. ilovefoolsball says: May 22, 2014 8:26 PM

    This is great! I’ve always wanted to visit Minneapolis! Especially in the winter time!

    Said no one ever.

  41. ncphinsfan says: May 22, 2014 8:47 PM

    Every damn one of you people owe Miami Dolphins owner, Stephen Ross a big giant apology!!!! This is Exactly what he said and yet everyone with basic typing skills lashed out on him for every story written. “Go pay for your own Stadium Mr. Billionaire”. I guess this is why he makes more money in a day than most make in a year. Sorry, the truth hurts. Besides everyone knows the best SuperBowls from a location standpoint is Miami and New Orleans.

  42. stellarperformance says: May 22, 2014 9:24 PM

    As a Packer fan I have to defend the Minnesota bashers. It is a great sports town and fully capable of hosting any major sporting events, including and especially the SuperBowl. There are a lot of fans that don’t live in Miami or New Orleans. Personally, I hate warm weather. I will be there and enjoying myself and I guarantee it will be a party…..45TH Parallel North style. Too cold? Stay Home!

  43. pftpoetsboyfriend says: May 22, 2014 10:17 PM

    Key words: Don’t bother.

  44. djvicdogg says: May 22, 2014 10:19 PM

    It looks like a ninja star.

  45. arrowdead says: May 22, 2014 11:55 PM

    worst thing ever is your team gets to the SB and can’t move the ball bc 30 MPH winds and 1 inch of snow on the ground…ugh…so thanks NJ for the one-off but sorry Chicago, Denver, Seattle even KC….sorry but can’t risk it.

  46. bornahawker says: May 23, 2014 12:06 AM

    Super bowl in the previous Super bowl winners stadium. Do I have to think of everything?! That is how the fans are rewarded financially for unwavering support. Reward the winners man!
    What more motivates a repeat?

  47. whatjusthapped says: May 23, 2014 6:33 AM

    I have a different take on this, the NFL wants to avoid a home team advantage and that is what drove this decision.

    I have a better chance of dating Kate Hudson than the Vikings do of playing in the Superbowl so it is relatively easy to award Mpls the game with no fear of the Vikings being anywhere near it except to sweep up the garbage after the crowds go home.

  48. ravenswinsuperbowl47 says: Jun 10, 2014 8:26 AM

    Super Bowl should be permanently limited to New Orleans + a rotating Florida city. Who vacations in the North in February?

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