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08:03 AM ET 05.23 | NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made a few friends in Georgia earlier this week. [Goodell], in Atlanta for a meeting of the league's owners Tuesday, said he would advise the city to bid for another Super Bowl if a new stadium is built. ... But he cautioned that the competition would be tough. "The issue that we always raise -- and this came up in Minnesota [where] they're building a closed-roof stadium, it appears, and have the same interest -- [is that] the reality of what's happening is it is becoming more and more competitive to host a Super Bowl," Goodell said. "But these stadiums are our stage, and they are one of the key components in hosting a Super Bowl, along with having, obviously, the infrastructure."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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May 23, 2012  08:06 AM ET

Shouldn't they build the stadium first, then bid for a Super Bowl?

May 23, 2012  08:08 AM ET

He would have made a few more friends if he had offered to build the stadium himself...

May 23, 2012  08:09 AM ET

They've had a SB before in that stadium... Why not again ?

May 23, 2012  08:19 AM ET

As many times as I've seen that stock photo, I finally figured out what was happening. He's sucking the life out of football. They say gingers don't have souls so I bet that's how he stays alive.

May 23, 2012  08:22 AM ET
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They've had a SB before in that stadium... Why not again ?

Because now it sucks.

May 23, 2012  08:23 AM ET

What makes bidding competitive is the owners who cater to the NFL committees. I read an article about how these guys go and give them private fishing trips and whatever else they can spend money on to sway judgment. They just need to rotate it throughout the 32 teams.

May 23, 2012  08:29 AM ET
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What makes bidding competitive is the owners who cater to the NFL committees. I read an article about how these guys go and give them private fishing trips and whatever else they can spend money on to sway judgment. They just need to rotate it throughout the 32 teams.

I am hoping for a blizzard of epic proportions on February 2, 2014 in New Jersey...

May 23, 2012  08:43 AM ET
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I am hoping for a blizzard of epic proportions on February 2, 2014 in New Jersey...

I really think that's some of what is missing from the game today. Just think, an icy and snowy field doesn't allow James Harrison to get up the head of steam to concuss the receiver. So, it would support Goodell's safety program.

May 23, 2012  08:56 AM ET
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I am hoping for a blizzard of epic proportions on February 2, 2014 in New Jersey...

Was an odd decision to play there then, but then I think of all the championship NFC and AFC games played in January. Ice bowls, that Bengals game, the below zero in Green Bay a few years ago.
will be interesting.

May 23, 2012  09:21 AM ET
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I am hoping for a blizzard of epic proportions on February 2, 2014 in New Jersey...

Not so bad that they have to postpone the game. Not too long ago they postponed an Eagles game.

The Ice Bowl. Of all the legendary NFL games, that one rises head and shoulders above the rest. Only a Superbowl like that could top it, and the only way for that to happen is to let them play outside.

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May 23, 2012  10:26 AM ET

how about a team that's never hosted one before have one? sea,den,chi,phi,buf,cle,cini,bal,pit,wash,car,tn,kc? halftime shows suck anyway, have it in the snow!

May 23, 2012  10:54 AM ET
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how about a team that's never hosted one before have one? sea,den,chi,phi,buf,cle,cini,bal,pit,wash,car,tn,kc? halftime shows suck anyway, have it in the snow!

If the 2014 game is exciting and memorable because of the weather, we may get an occasional real-weather Superbowl in the north.

On the other hand, if the game ends up with two southern dome teams stumbling around like Pop Warner kids because they can't play in the snow, then the dome lovers will say, "See, we told you not to have the Superbowl outside," and we'll never see another.

Give us Green Bay against New England in that game, with high-def images of linemen snorting like Clydesdales in the cold air, and a close game decided by a pounding run against a dug-in defense at the goal line, and they'll have to try it again in a few years. That's real football, after all.

May 23, 2012  11:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

how about a team that's never hosted one before have one? sea,den,chi,phi,buf,cle,cini,bal,pit,wash,car,tn,kc? halftime shows suck anyway, have it in the snow!

I completely agree. Have it where there hasn't been one.

Why does Atlanta have to build a new stadium in order to get the Superbowl there? Why can't they have it in the Georgia Dome?

May 23, 2012  12:28 PM ET
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He would have made a few more friends if he had offered to resign

Fixed ^^^

May 23, 2012  12:39 PM ET
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Fixed ^^^

He'd have made a LOT more friends than a few if he resigns!!!!!

May 23, 2012  01:17 PM ET

Wow, just what Atlanta needs. A stadium they cannot afford and more rappers and thugs coming into town for the Super Bowl. Thanks a lot Roger.

May 23, 2012  02:29 PM ET
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If the 2014 game is exciting and memorable because of the weather, we may get an occasional real-weather Superbowl in the north.On the other hand, if the game ends up with two southern dome teams stumbling around like Pop Warner kids because they can't play in the snow, then the dome lovers will say, "See, we told you not to have the Superbowl outside," and we'll never see another.Give us Green Bay against New England in that game, with high-def images of linemen snorting like Clydesdales in the cold air, and a close game decided by a pounding run against a dug-in defense at the goal line, and they'll have to try it again in a few years. That's real football, after all.

Probably the next time you see a Super Bowl played outdoors will be when the 49ers complete their new stadium. Of coarse weather is never predictable but generally speaking the weather is pretty good that time of year. I'm betting that Super Bowl 50 will be in the Bay Area. Plenty of good golf courses, good waves to ride if you are a surfer, entertainment, fine food, and historical sites to see. And if you miss the snow from back east you can drive up to Reno/ Lake Tahoe and ski, gamble and place a bet on the Super Bowl.

 
May 23, 2012  05:07 PM ET

Pro football should only be played outside. Here's my 2 cents for that.

That said, I can't stand these dome stadiums. Not like the rain or snow is going to stop the game. For many of us fans, viewing a game from my warm couch while watching a nasty weather game is the best. And the SB should be outdoors too.

Remember the Vikings before the dome?? Check out Seattle with their new outdoor stadium. Nice. It works. If the league doesn't want bad weather games, then keep them in the dirty south.

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