Risky Move: 2014 Super Bowl in New York

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The 2014 Superbowl will be in New York City, and damn, I feel sorry for the players. It will take place in the new $1.6 billion Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey.

From the story: “The slogan for New York’s bid is “Make Some History.” The first piece likely to be made is a record-low temperature at kickoff. The current record is 3.9 degrees Celsius (39 Fahrenheit) in 1972 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, and that would be considered a warm February day in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

There’s never been snow in a Super Bowl game and that could happen, too.

The average temperature range for the Meadowlands area during February is -4.4 to 4.4 degrees Celsius (24 to 40 Fahrenheit), with several inches of rain, according to the bid documents. Remember, the game kicks off after sunset in the Eastern time zone, so temperatures would be dropping throughout the night.

Planners have factored it all in. They’re plotting giveaways to warm hands and seats, having hundreds of folks ready to shovel away snow and anything else they can do to make the experience more than just bearable.”

It seems like the Superbowl is not about the players, anymore. They’ll probably be more miserable than ever. And what kind of parties are going to be thrown in the freezing cold? Beaches and sun just make everyone a little happier.

I’m not shocked by this decision, as it’s all about corporate sponsors and business, and most of the heavy hitters are in New York. Money tends to make most decisions in sports, nowadays.

However, if anyone can pull this off, it’s the NFL, but this could be a major misstep for the country’s most popular sport.

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