NFL will make huge mistake on May 25

Cold The NFL will hold its spring meeting on May 25-26 in Dallas and there, it's expected the owners will vote to award Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014 to New York City. Commissioner Roger Goodell is pushing for the Big Apple to get the game even though weather certainly could be a factor. The game would be played at the new Giants/Jets Stadium and, we're assuming, in really cold weather. Tampa also is in the running for the 2014 Super Bow, as is South Florida. The average temperature in New York at the end of January/beginning of February is around 32 degrees. Most the game will played after dark, so you figure temperatures easily could dip into the 20s. The highest recorded temperature on Feb. 1 in New York City was 67 degrees in 1989. The lowest was -2 in 1920. And we haven't even brought up the chance of snow. Cold weather might turn into a huge advantage for a cold-weather team and a huge disadvantage for teams that play in warm climates or domes. Meantime, cold-weather teams would not suffer a disadvantage to going to a warmer climate. It just seems like the NFL should do what it can to make sure the game is played in as even and decent elements as possible. By the way, the average temperature in Tampa at that time of year is around 60 degrees.

[Last modified: Monday, June 14, 2010 3:44pm]

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