New York/New Jersey Super Bowl is virtual slam dunk

IRVING, Texas — Although Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has voiced strong opposition to a New York/New Jersey Super Bowl because of the possibility of a major blizzard that could cause the game to be postponed, the hotel lobby buzz at the NFL Spring Meeting here continues to be that the announcement is a virtual slam dunk.

In fact, several league sources expect the proposed New York/New Jersey Super Bowl for 2014 to receive the necessary 24 votes for approval on the first ballot. Representatives of the other two finalists, South Florida and Tampa, are known to have pretty well resigned themselves to such an outcome.

The strength of the support for New York/New Jersey comes from large-market teams such as the New England Patriots, whose owner, Robert Kraft, would like a Super Bowl to someday be played in Foxborough. Kraft said he believed football “should be played in the elements,” although many within the NFL doubt that staging a Super Bowl in an open stadium in a colder climate doesn’t necessarily open the door to the same thing happening in other locations that fall into the same category. They point out that New York/New Jersey receiving the 2014 Super Bowl is due in no small part to reward and help the massive financial burden the Giants and Jets have undertaken to build the New¬†Meadowlands Stadium.

— Vic Carucci

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