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May 25, 2010

Chris Christie Scares the NFL Into Giving NJ the Super Bowl

The "NY/NJ region," they say, but that means the Meadowlands, which is in NJ.

Chris Christie had nothing at all to do with this but it was DrewM.'s funny idea for a headline.

In 2014.

Oh: This is strange. The Super Bowl is always played at a warm-weather city or in a domed city. I can't think of any that weren't.

I knew the Giants/Jets had a new stadium being built; based on their getting the Superbowl, I assumed it was a dome, or retractable dome.

But...

The Giants and Jets, which were part of the bid along with the New Meadowlands Stadium Co., beat out Tampa, Fla., and South Florida despite concerns about cold weather—the game is played in early February, according to the NFL's current schedule.

The three bidders each made 15-minute presentations to the 32 NFL owners at the Omni Mandalay in Irving, outside of Dallas. The South Florida delegation was eliminated in the first round of voting.

"New York and New Jersey can handle anything that comes our way in terms of logistics, transportation and security. And the weather is not an issue. The weather would make the game even more interesting and more exciting," Giants' treasurer Jonathan Tisch, who was co-chairman of the bid committee, told reporters after making a presentation. "We are supremely confident that Super Bowl 2014 would be an amazing event and would get recognition around the world."

No dome.

So they're giving up on that rule?

Maybe Chris Christie did scare them.

Answer: Allah found an article stating this was a "one-time exception" to the Warm City Or Dome Rule.

Allah speculates that if the weather is either not an issue or adds to the game, it could open up other cold-weather cities for the Super Bowl... until the game gets ruined for these reasons, at which point the rule will be reinstated and never violated again.

Personally, I think it's a bad idea. It's contrary to tradition. Cold-weather cities are just too damn brutal in February.


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