Thoughts On Today’s NFL Owners Meeting

The owners of all 32 NFL teams will reconvene in Dallas Tuesday for another round of owner meetings. On the schedule are at least one, possibly two major votes, on some pretty big issues.

Let’s take a closer look at both issues…

First, the owners must decide which city will host the 2014 Super Bowl. Whispers around the league suggest that a New York/New Jersey game is almost a certainty. Miami and Tampa are also players in the game, but they are not going down without a fight.

I’m not a big fan of a New York Super Bowl to begin with. Of course, you got the possibility of cold and snowy weather. If you’re a fan from a Southern city, like New Orleans, you’re not particularly fond of cold weather to begin with. So, braving five hours in the cold to watch the game would be a little difficult. Not to mention all the Super Bowl related fan activities, like outdoor concerts and the NFL Experience, could be affected as well. In the two cities I’ve been in for Super Bowl week, I enjoyed walking around the city, meeting fans, attending outdoor concerts, and getting a chance to explore the city. I don’t think I’d be as excited to go if the Saints played in the Super Bowl. I would still go though. How could you not?

Logistics could be a problem as well. While another cold weather city, Indianapolis, is hosting the 2012 Super Bowl, it is not spread out as New York. Where would your teams stay? New York, then have to drive to the Meadowlands? New Jersey and have to drive to New York for Super Bowl related activities? While it would make sense for the media to stay in New York, it would still be a lot of driving and traffic. Would you want to deal with that as a fan as well?

Don’t get me wrong..I’m a big fan of New York. I like the city. I have friends there. I just don’t think I’d want to go to a Super Bowl in New York. It would be one big headache as a fan. I don’t think I would enjoy it as much as Super Bowls past.

A vote for a New York could also start another precedent. Owners like Daniel Snyder in DC and Pat Bowlen in Denver have expressed interest in hosting cold weather Super Bowls in the past. You can bet other owners like Philadelphia’s Jeff Lurie and New England’s Bob Kraft would also love the possibility of hosting a Super Bowl. A vote for New York would open the door for other cold weather cities to host the Big Game. We could be seeing more Super Bowls up north in the next ten years if New York wins this battle.

There’s even talk of London hosting a Super Bowl. A vote for New York could also open the door for that as well. Owners can do as they please with America’s Game. I understand making the NFL a global commodity, but having a Super Bowl in London would be an outrage. I’m sure Europe would be up in arms if the UEFA Champions League final were played in the US.

Second, they owners may also vote on whether or not to implement the new overtime rules during the regular season. While this may seem a no-brainer, there are issues beyond the obvious which my affect whether the issue goes on the ballot.

As you may remember, I don’t like the new overtime rules to begin with. But, if there are going to be new rules, implement them for all games. Please. I don’t want to watch a playoff games where both teams don’t know what to do or how to react in overtime. Awkward.

The coaches are now aboard with the owners on the new overtime rules. However, the players are still not all keen on the new overtime rules. Some owners are hesitant to vote for the new rules due to the upcoming collective bargaining agreement negotiations coming up. They feel voting for the measure would hinder negotiations with the players. I’m not too sure about that arguement.

Just get it over with and approve the measure, for the sake of us fans please. Don’t forget about us.

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