South Florida Super Bowl chair: "The fix was in"
After learning of NFL owners' voting in favor of awarding the 2014 Super Bowl to the New York area, members of the Tampa Bay host committee, including Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer, took the high road.
They refused to accuse the NFL campaigning for New York to host, despite the league's decision to waive the long-standing minimum-temperature requirement for prospective cities.
But the chairman of the South Florida committee did no such thing. According to the Miami Herald, Rodney Barreto said what many are probably thinking to themselves:
"The fix was in for New York. We threw $1 million extra on the table (Monday) night for game-day expenses. We could have put $10 million and it wouldn't have made a difference. We put (forward) an incredible presentation that clearly was head-and-shoulders above everyone.''
It's hard to ignore the fact that commissioner Roger Goodell, though he does not have a vote, certainly improved the New York bid's odds when he spoke favorably of the prospect publicly and, more than likely, privately. In fact, it's the possible back-room campaigning that might have pushed this over the top.
On a related note, you might have read in the Times this morning that the Tampa coalition is seriously thinking about putting together a bid for the 2015 game, too. But there's a sense that Phoenix also is leaning toward bidding then, which present a serious contender for Tampa Bay.