NFL changes Super Bowl bidding process

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With the recent ownership meetings so heavily focused on the anthem controversy, not much other business got done. But here’s one item that will be significant to the manner in which Super Bowls are awarded.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the league no longer will put Super Bowls out to bid. Instead, the process will commence with the league approaching a specific city regarding a specific future Super Bowl, outlining the terms the NFL needs in order to grant the game to that location.

The selected city will have an opportunity to decide whether to accept the terms. If the selected city declines, then the process will revert to the more traditional submission of bids.

While this approach sacrifices a certain amount of the league’s leverage, the NFL has become sensitive to the disappointment that the close-but-no-cigar cities experience every time they find themselves in the role of bridesmaid. When, for example, Minnesota was awarded Super Bowl LII, cities like New Orleans resolved (we were told at the time) never to waste the time, effort, money, and emotion to bid on the game when competing with a new stadium.

As to the loss of leverage, it’s possible the league has decided that the game has grown to the point where it can dictate the terms, and that the city given the chance to host the game will quickly say, “OK.”

26 responses to “NFL changes Super Bowl bidding process

  1. Better this way, you don’t want ugly depressed towns like Buffalo and Cincinnati hosting a Super Bowl.

  2. They didn’t get anything done with the anthem “controversy” either, except for a load of BS about using it as a platform for social justice.

  3. What’s the over/under on number of rejections by cities before NFL reverts to taking bids again. I will put it at 1.5. No way the league will be able to handle a rejection. If they ever admit it. Which they won’t.

  4. Imagine going to a Super Bowl in Green Bay. You’d have to hear from the gas station clerk how they’re part team owner and they got a certificate, HAHAHAAHH

  5. Dedicate a month like September to ‘Equality’ for minorities and women, much like the Breast Cancer awareness. Create programs in NFL cities, have some info booths pre-game around the stadium and in the stadium during the game. Spread information and action plans.

  6. When will it be in London?
    I guess the time difference kills that.
    To Have it at 6PM EST would be 11 PM in London.
    Move it up a couple hours and it might work.
    8PM London- 3PM east coast Noon West Coast.

  7. Such a shame a nice city like San Diego will never get to host a SB again – their weather is very mild and balmy in February. I don’t know about you, but I woukd much rather visit San Diego than say Detroit, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Dallas, Atlanta in early February.

  8. The Puppy Bowl is the last pure sporting contest remaining….Keep Goodell and his Park Avenue legion of attorneys, bureaucrats, and corporate shills away from the pups

  9. the superbowl should be given to whichever forks over the most $$$ and im not talking about hosting im talking about the trophy it self. ratings are down. its time the league quits playing the “games” and just anoints a winner and hands out fantasy points as needed. i love god.

  10. Jazz rocks! says:
    October 22, 2017 at 7:33 pm
    Shouldnt everyone get a turn?

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    No, some places could end up being really bad for the SB. Outdoor northern teams (Seattle, GB, Chicago, NY/NJ, Buffalo, NE, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philly, Den) are generally bad, just because of the threat of bad weather. Nobody wants to have a SB in a blizzard. Green Bay couldn’t handle the people the event would draw. I read an article that said with all the hotel/motel rooms in the Door County/Appleton area, they would still be 20,000ish beds short. On top of that, flights would have to come in to Milwaukee, which is a 2hr drive away.

  11. I would love for the Superbowl site to be determined by the playoff teams. As much as I hate the Pats, I truly believe they deserve the actual chance to go to a Superbowl game played at Gillette. I know that it is impossible but I do believe the teams should dictate where it is played. And a fan who has season tickets for years, should get a fair shot at seeing their team play for a Superbowl on their home turf.

  12. Never been a “home team” super bowl ..this just puts the final
    nail in the coffin of that idea. It’s not about the fans, it’s about hotels and restaurants and the chamber of commerce.

  13. 5dash, I understand that. But strictly speaking from a fans point of view, I think it would be amazing. Regardless of who you team is, but it is the fan who sits in the stands regardless of the weather conditions. However I also realize the dangers of Ice Bowls and such to both the fan and the players.

  14. Domed stadiums (Detroit, Atlanta, Arlington/DFW, Houston, New Orleans, Phoenix, eventually Las Vegas) and anyplace south of Interstate 40 on your Rand McNally maps (3 places in Florida, Charlotte and Southern California…but only in NFL stadiums. Not the Rose Bowl.) Meadowlands? That was a one-time thing. Same for Santa Clara/SF/Oakland. Denver? You had the chance to dome your stadium in the late 90s for events like this and you passed. Seattle? Shoulda kept that Cement Dome. Chicago? Too bad you don’t have a domed stadium. And hell no to anywhere outside of the USA (London, Mexico City, Europe, Japan, Guatemala, Uraguay, Botswana).

  15. scott880 says:
    October 22, 2017 at 7:49 pm
    just rotate between Miami, Tampa, New Orleans, & Arizona

    37 39 Rate This

    houston did a great job and the weather was gorgeous. Put them in there and I’ll give you a thumbs up.

  16. scott880 says:
    October 22, 2017 at 7:49 pm
    just rotate between Miami, Tampa, New Orleans, & Arizona
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    One decent destination in the bunch. New Orleans, Dallas, Houston, LA and Vegas should be the main rotation. Miami is a crime ridden rat hole, Tampa is a dump and AZ is just dull. Once Vegas opens it will be hard to compete with

  17. scott880 says:
    October 22, 2017 at 7:49 pm
    just rotate between Miami, Tampa, New Orleans, & Arizona
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    One decent destination in the bunch. New Orleans, Dallas, Houston, LA and Vegas should be the main rotation. Miami is a crime ridden rat hole,

    What happened, too many Hispanics and black folk for your liking?

  18. Why is it people panic over the weather for any cold city hosting a super bowl, but somehow it is perfectly fine to have the AFC and NFC championship wherever?

  19. “…cities like New Orleans resolved (we were told at the time) never to waste the time, effort, money, and emotion to bid on the game when competing with a new stadium.”

    And all this time I thought they wouldn’t waste their time because they couldn’t keep the power on for the full game…

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