Expansion Of Season Could Make Scheduling Of 2013 Super Bowl Tricky

Super Bowl XLVII has been awarded to New Orleans.  And the game is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, February 3, 2013.
But what if the NFL expands the regular season between now and the 2012 season?
Commissioner Roger Goodell reiterated during a Tuesday press conference held in conjunction with the ownership meetings that the regular season will continue to begin after Labor Day, even if the regular season expands.
Thus, if the regular season grows by one week on or before the 2012 season and if the league continues to apply a two-week window between the conference title games and the league championship, the Super Bowl will land only two days before a fairly significant annual event in New Orleans.
Mardi Gras.
If the regular season moves to 18 games, Mardi Gras will land smack dab in the middle of the pre-Super Bowl preparations, falling on the same day as media day.
So what will the league do?  We posed that question to spokesman Greg Aiello by e-mail, and he was cryptic in response, saying only that the game will be played on February 3 “under the current season format.”
Implicit in his response is the possibility that the current season format might change.
Assuming that the league hopes to avoid the Mardi Gras festivities, the best option would be to expand the regular season by only one game and eliminate the bye week.
Another possibility would be to start the regular season on Labor Day Weekend, an approach the league permanently abandoned several years ago due to the simple fact that too few people are willing to sit indoors and watch television on the last unofficial weekend of summer.
Bottom line?  Stay tuned.  The manner in which the league ultimately schedules Super Bowl XLVII could shed considerable light on whether one game, two games, or no games will be added to the regular season.

29 responses to “Expansion Of Season Could Make Scheduling Of 2013 Super Bowl Tricky

  1. They don’t think people would want to sit indoors the last weekend of summer? What kind of garbage is that? You put football on, people WILL watch no matter what time of the year.

  2. Simple. Start the season three weeks before labor day weekend and give everyone a bye that weekend.
    It’s not all that hard to figure out.

  3. “Another possibility would be to start the regular season on Labor Day Weekend, an approach the league permanently abandoned several years ago due to the simple fact that too few people are willing to sit indoors and watch television on the last unofficial weekend of summer.”
    They don’t wanna sit inside, fine. Go support your team by investing in tickets.

  4. Gee – it doesn’t seem at all like this talk about expanding the season has anything to do with posturing before the CBA negotiations.

  5. Mardi Gras and the superbowl together would be sweet. I often find myself wondering what it would be like if my two passions colided. I mean what would be better than watching an NFL football game and pissing in the street while in drag!

  6. New Orleans has no limit on “party events” do they? Mardi Gras and the Super Bowl simultaneously? I think New Orleans could handle all that excitement. 😉

  7. Why does the NFL make such a big deal about New Orleans getting the Super Bowl? Isn’t this the like 14th time they’re getting it?
    Seriously… it’s a pretty big joke that they make this huge deal out of where it’ll be, only to “award” it to the same cities over and over and over and over and…

  8. Only tangentially related, but man I wish they’d move the SB to Saturday night.

  9. Here’s where Pino Florio excels. Digging out the details the rest of us would ignore in our placid stupefaction. Let’s require the Superbowl teams to wear beads, and among the female fans, let’s have plenty of flashing of mammalian feeding organs.

  10. lets be serious it is the wives and girlfriends sector of the population that are reluctant to sit inside and watch football.

  11. if you have ever been to mardi gras, you would know that the hotels are booked solid from Thurday to Wednesday and the biggest single parades and the most tourists are in town on the weekend prior, rather than mardi gras day (when crowds are huge, but more locals than tourists). Sunday is Bacchus and Saturday evening is Endymion (Endymion’s post parade ball is in Superdome, although that could be moved I suppose). Mardi Gras is month long event and the last 5 days are a continuous party. It is not just a one day thing… Actually, on Mardi Gras Day the party ends abruptly at midnight (police closing french quarter basically, for cleaning purposes) and Wednesay and Thursday are about the quietest of the year in the city.

  12. Hmm….who knew that dicking around with something that already ran like a well-oiled machine would cause problems?

  13. DO NOT EXPAND THE SEASON. games on foreign soil are a waste of time. if europeans wanted american football, NFL Europe would have been a profitable success instead of teams folding every 4 seasons and losing money. we are getting too much of a good thing with all of these stupid ideas godell is tossing around.

  14. Would the season start earlier? Eliminate two preseason games in August and the season starts before Labor Day or back to Labor Day weekend.

  15. Wait.. Gobs of drunk chicks flashing their boobs during the Super Bowl is a problem?

  16. The Super Bowl and then Mardi Gras two days later. Sounds like the biggest party in the history of the world if you ask me. Awesome!

  17. I don’t care what it takes or costs…expand the season! The more NFL the better.

  18. How is it that any city can set up and host a playoff game with a week’s notice, but the NFL panics if they don’t have a fixed date four years in advance?

  19. Thats why the game is “TENTATIVELY” scheduled for Sunday, February 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. I would think if they add more regular season games they will probably take away an equal amount of preseason games and push the start of the season up.

  21. I don’t get it…what’s wrong with the way things are? why would you add a game and delete the bye week? teams look forward to the buy week to get people healthy and take a break…so let’s take that away and add a game to an already grueling schedule. if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!!

  22. Mardi Gras is month long event and there are massive crowds and booked hotels from Thursday through Tuesday (mardi gras day). It is not just a one day thing. If the superbowl were to be Sunday before mardi gras, that would be a logistical mess, but a lot of fun 🙂 The Endymion ball (after Saturday night parade) is late Saturday night / early Sunday morning in the Superdome. Sunday night is Bacchus parade. Monday night is Orpheus. There are million people partying from Friday through Tuesday.

  23. Wow. It only took 5 hours to get comments posted.
    This is sure going to be an interesting discussion at this point.

  24. Wow, never thought of that. It’ll be interesting to see how that plays out.

  25. Bottom line? Stay tuned. The manner in which the league ultimately schedules Super Bowl XLVII could shed considerable light on whether one game, two games, or no games will be added to the regular season.
    Yes, stay tuned for the next four years on this one. Don’t leave your computers.

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