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.