South Florida, Tampa face long odds

IRVING, Texas — Despite the seemingly long odds to be named the host city for Super Bowl XLVIII, the bid committees for South Florida and Tampa have been diligently rehearsing their presentations that they will deliver to owners for a vote on Tuesday.

Former Dolphins player Nat Moore, a member of the South Florida contingent that seems to have the longest shot at the bid, said his group is working hard to state its case. Another person from Tampa said its group feels that fears of the cold weather in New York/New Jersey and Tampa’s history of hosting Super Bowls could work in its favor.

Not this time. The groundswell for a cold-weather game in New Jersey at the New Meadowlands Stadium makes the pending annoumcement seem like a slam dunk.

— Steve Wche

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