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Area, NFL to meet over 2009 Super Bowl bid

Bay area officials will huddle with the NFL in New York today to talk about the Super Bowl.

Not the one in Jacksonville in less than a month, but the one they hope to bring to Raymond James Stadium in 2009.

"The NFL has invited each of the four finalist cities (Tampa, Miami, Atlanta and Houston) for a meeting to learn about the bid timeline as well as to go through the (request for proposal)," said Rob Higgins, the executive director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, one of four members of the area's delegation. "This will be the definition of the process for us."

The cities will have to submit their proposals a month before the NFL's May meetings, at which time they will make their formal presentations. The league expects to announce the winner at that time.

Tampa Bay has hosted the Super Bowl three times (1984, 1991 and 2001). Miami has had the game eight times and has already been named the site of the 2007 Super Bowl. Atlanta has had it twice (1994 and 2000), and Houston had it for the second time last year.

49ERS: The team added two NFL assistant coaches to its list of candidates for the vacant head coaching position. Owner John York received permission to interview Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.

SEAHAWKS: Mark Michaels was fired after one season as special teams coach. Coach Mike Holmgren cited problems with onside kicks and blocked punts.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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