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New York ices first Super Bowl host spot

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The NFL awarded the 2014 Super Bowl to New York-New Jersey on Tuesday. It will be the first Super Bowl in an uncovered stadium at a cold-weather site.

The New York-New Jersey bid for the game, at the New meadowland Stadium, beat Tampa and South Florida, warmer sites that have hosted the game a number of times. Tampa was the runnerup in the voting process (see section B for details and local reaction).

According to the Weather Channel website, the average low in New York in early February is 27 degrees. The average high is 40. The coldest temperature for a Super Bowl was 39 degrees for Super Bowl VI, in 1972 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans.

"We became partners, not adversaries," Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said of cooperation between his team and Jets.

"We're competitive," Jets owner Woody Johnson said. "But I learned so much from these guys."

The Tampa and Miami bids might also have been hurt by the fact that four of the past six big games have been in Florida.

"I was not surprised," said Rodney Barreto, chair of the South Florida Super Bowl Committee. "I think the fix was in for New York. … Somewhat of a gamble, especially if you have a nor'easter come through."

North Texas hosts Super Bowl XLV in February, with Indianapolis (in a dome) getting the game in 2012 and New Orleans in 2013.

In other league news, commissioner Roger Goodell said the issue of expanding the new overtime rule to the regular season was tabled.

TRADE: The Dolphins sent guard Justin Smiley to the Jaguars for a draft pick. Smiley, a six-year veteran, restructured a five-year, $25 million deal he signed in 2008. The Jaguars gave up a conditional seventh-round pick.

ALUMNI: A vocal group of former players headed by Hall of Famers Joe DeLamielleure and Elvin Bethea rejected a recent claim by union leader DeMaurice Smith that the NFL Players Association and former players have settled their differences. The former players still seek better benefits.

DOLPHINS: The team signed offensive lineman Cory Procter a week after Dallas released him.

PATRIOTS: Wide receiver Taylor Price, a third-round draft choice, signed. He was the 90th overall pick in April.

SAINTS: Rookie linebacker Harry Coleman faces simple battery charges stemming from an arrest over the weekend. He was arrested early Sunday by police with the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana; details were unclear.

STEELERS: It will be "months as opposed to weeks" before the attorney for Pittsburgh suburb Coraopolis, Richard Start, recommends whether a police officer should be disciplined for being with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger the night he was accused of sexual assault in Georgia. Also, Roethlisberger has been booted from a youth football camp in Pittsburgh, with coach Mike Tomlin replacing him.

TITANS: Rookie Myron Rolle, a former Florida State standout who hasn't signed yet, presented a pair of $1,000 donations for Tennessee's flood victims.

New York ices first Super Bowl host spot 05/25/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:14pm]
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