Has NY tossed Super Bowl chances away? Tampa tribune
Has New York tossed Super Bowl chances away?
By IRA KAUFMAN | The Tampa Tribune
Published: March 16, 2010
TAMPA – That joint bid by the Jets and Giants to land the 2014 Super Bowl for the New York area may have suddenly sprung a leak.
Tampa Bay and South Florida also submitted proposals to host the NFL's showcase game in 2014 and owners are expected to select a site during the May meetings in Dallas.
The Giants and Jets have shared a stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., for the past 26 seasons and the clubs have both contributed to the construction costs for a $1.6 billion open-air facility that will open later this year. The league waived its Super Bowl weather requirements to accept the New York bid and the new stadium in the Meadowlands is considered the front-runner to land the 2014 game, with the backing of Commissioner Roger Goodell.
But Goodell may reconsider his role as an advocate following the stinging rebuke he just received from Jets owner Woody Johnson.
Knowing the Giants and Jets each wanted to play host to the inaugural regular-season game at the new stadium, Goodell said he ordered a coin flip at league headquarters in New York Friday to resolve the issue.
The NFL announced the Giants won the coin flip and will be the home club for the first game Sept. 12, with the Jets serving as the home team the following evening on "Monday Night Football."
Johnson is livid about the way the league office conducted the coin flip, with no representative invited from either the Jets or Giants.
"An NFL coin toss has a few fundamental elements that are missing here," Johnson said, "most notably the presence of the teams involved. The league departed from our time-honored tradition and declined the opportunity to set the matter straight with a transparent process."
Goodell has rarely been called out by any NFL owner during his tenure and it's unclear how Johnson's criticism will affect his support for the region's efforts to secure the first Super Bowl to be played in a cold-weather, open-air stadium.
Goodell's recommendation to owners is considered critical to the New York bid.
When Arizona withdrew its 2014 Super Bowl bid last month, it left the Bay area and South Florida as the only warm-weather alternatives to the New York proposal. Miami has played host to two of the last four Super Bowls and the May vote is likely to come down to a competition between Tampa Bay and the Meadowlands, where the average high in early February is 39 degrees.