There is much ado about the Superbowl being played in New York (or is it New Jersey?) in 2014. Every sports journalist has commented on it, and every fan has an opinion. The businessmen, though, have the say, and they voted "yes."
Fans of the game and the NFL need to shift their paradigms a bit. Many of them seem to think the Superbowl should be played in mud, snow, or otherwise in manly and traditional gritty ambience.
For a fan, how great is it that the NFL packages a game to display to billions worldwide each year, so your non-fan friends can see just how right you are when you talk about football? HELL YES make it in a dome or in a warm place. Hell yes have three weeks of commercialized hype. Hell yes make businessmen smile so much that their faces hurt as much as their bulging billfolds. Needs to be in New York to get the stadium sponsored and the city happy? Hell yes, go for it.
The Superbowl is not an event for football fans. It is an event for non-fans. Much as Christmas is no longer a meaningful spiritual event but rather a commercial fiesta, the Superbowl is the NFL's gift to the non-fans. It is a commercialized, big-business venture, aimed at not only making a ton of cash for the host city, but it also greases the palm of the host city government, pays for new stadiums, gets sponsorship for new stadiums, and exists as a well-packaged and hyped display for non-fans. It is the most profound advertisement for the NFL that one could devise.
Football fans should LOVE the idea of the Superbowl existing to lure interest in the NFL. Football fans and sports journalists should LOVE the idea that the Superbowl is a yearly exhibition for the non-football world to get sucked into NFL fandom.
How many hardcore football fans do you know who started watching football regularly because of a Superbowl? How many water-cooler conversations involving football will happen this year among people who include a few who only saw last year's Superbowl? Odds are they are New Orleans fans now, or will be a fan of some Cinderella team after one or two more Superbowls.
I hate to pop anyone's bubble, but the Superbowl does not determine the "best" team in a season. It determines the league champion. There is a difference. Do not be dismayed that the league championship game is commercially packaged and displayed for all to see - rather, be happy about it; you will have more fellow fans because of it.