Posted December 18, 2013

NFL could move Super Bowl XLVIII to Saturday or Monday if weather is frightful

NFL Playoffs, Super Bowl XLVIII
MetLife Stadium could be the site of the first snowy Super Bowl in history.

MetLife Stadium could be the site of the first snowy Super Bowl in history. (Peter Morgan/AP)

The NFL has been working on contingency plans for the first outdoor cold weather Super Bowl since it was announced that MetLife Stadium would be the site of Super Bowl XLVIII. On Wednesday, the league put on a presentation in which it tried to assuage the fears of those who anticipate a snowed-in version of America’s most-watched sporting event.

“There’s so many questions about the weather,” Super Bowl host committee Al Kelly said, via ESPN’s Jane McManus. “We want to make sure that the national audience certainly knows this region has tremendous assets and resources and knows how to get this done.

“It’s nothing more than reassuring people that, despite the fact that the world’s greatest is going to be here, we still know how to clear snow. We keep the markets open every day and the schools open most days, and we’ll do a good job Super Bowl week as well.”

MetLife CEO Brad Mayne said that his crews cleared 6.3 inches of the snow that fell last weekend in time for the 1 p.m. ET kickoff of a game between the Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants, and that the NFL will have the best possible equipment at its disposal.

Still, if the area is hit with a worst-case scenario storm at the worst possible time, the idea of moving the game to a different day has also been floated. NFL senior vice president of events Frank Supovitz said that the game could be moved to Saturday or Monday night, but that those alternate plans exist for every Super Bowl.

“I think watching NFL football in the snow is really romantic,” Supovitz said. “It’s great, it’s exciting, and if you’ve ever done it, you know that. It’s also a rite of passage for you as a fan to have done it at least once. And this is a Super Bowl, right? So I think it’s going to be amazing. I think it would be better if it snowed a little bit during the game. I think it’ll just make it more memorable.”

Well, a “Snowmageddon” would be memorable either way — the NFL just has to hope that the memories are positive ones.

156 comments
Cattleclerk
Cattleclerk

I have to ask... When Seattle built their new stadium .... werent they told they would never get a Super Bowl unless they built it with a dome??

Get-a-Grip
Get-a-Grip

 As if football was not supposed to be played in snow and cold weather. Get over it. For those coming in from out of town. Listen to the weather starting on Monday or Tuesday and make alternate plans if you have to. 

DennyStrickland
DennyStrickland

Better Just move the super bowl to Dallas and give the locals free seats for those who do not show.

AlbertE.Bannister
AlbertE.Bannister

I doubt the NFL cares but while I don't mind watching a game in the snow my flight lands on Saturday and departs on Monday so it doesn't do me any good if they plow the stadium if my plane can't land at Newark!!!

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

What a bunch of idiots. Lets follow the rediculous idea of having the Super Bowl here in the first place with moving it to a Monday so everyone's party plans are ruined. 

rskins09
rskins09

 Having the Super bowl in Nj is stupid to start with ..Even if it doesn't snow the cold weather is a problem ..OK, say the move the game south ..What are the thousands of people supposed to do with their hotel reservation and plane tckts . ? ..How much notice will they have ? .. this press is all hype and BS  after Seattle's CB wrote the article last week in MMQB ...

dholiday232
dholiday232

Supovitz had to be the STUPIDEST person alive---or maybe the Dumb S hit is already dead.

Fifilo
Fifilo

It was stupid from the day it was announced. And now that realization is just trickling down to these geniuses.

HorizontalGophers
HorizontalGophers

They WANT us to focus on the weather to distract us from the real reason the NFL conspired with the Bilderberg Group to have the game in New Jersey -  so Chris Christie can leverage the eyes of the world when he announces his presidential candicacy. 

WR2

grogseal
grogseal

The whole idea of having a Super Bowl in NJ is getting stupider and stupider,

foncool
foncool

Sounds like the NFL is going to Obama the Super Bowl, years to plan, prepare and still screws it up.

ImmaFubared
ImmaFubared

Gee I would like to book hotel for those very freeking high ticket prices, what day do I book commish? Are you guaranteeing that all the hotels will have rooms for us???? You dipshit

ImmaFubared
ImmaFubared

How do you contingency people from out of town who need to book hotels? Ya you play the dam game on the date advertised or pack it in/. 

ianlinross
ianlinross

Packer Weather, baby. Ice Bowl, Snow Bowl, bring it on!

TherealdanMcKelvey
TherealdanMcKelvey

Goodell is an idiot...People make plans, events, etc....Super Bowl date moves...Everyone is screwed except the perps that live in NYC.....YOU cannot change the date of the Super Bowl...Dumb Move....

RCH
RCH

If worse comes worse they could just stage a Jets - Giants game.

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

Before everyone starts pushing the PANIC button, let's wait and see if it will even be snowing that day. Even with a heavy snow, the game is late enough in the day to get the field ready. This is just a bunch of media hype. The big game will be just fine and it will be fun to watch, as always. 

j7apple
j7apple

lmoa, hasnt even come yet and already getting to be a fiasco

RebeccaCroftScott
RebeccaCroftScott

What about the people that are flying in on Saturday?? Or flying out on Monday??  They will miss the game they paid big money to see. The NFL is a joke for even HAVING the SB there in the first place !!

mbroncofan
mbroncofan

Congratulations Goodell.  You have just taken the outcome of the Superbowl out of the player's hands and let the weather determine the winner.  Most stupid decision I've ever seen. 

rentistoohigh
rentistoohigh

Lamar Hunt conceived of a Super Bowl to be played in Miami's old Orange bowl so that therewould be a winter event between the AFL and NFL to 


1- Settle arguments over the legitimacy of the AFL


2- Ensure that by playing in Miami or some other tourist attraction....it would be MONEY....


3- Number two above would lessen the risk of damaging NFL property (players)  and have an instant tourist based live audience as well as the media interest from those outlets already covering college bowl games


4- because of number three....networks would not spend extra sending and setting up coverage since they would already be there...


5- The Tri State Money people now get to host the game previously of economic  benefit for other markets...and refuse to roof the venue for the inclement weather sure to arrive...unlike the Dallas game...the game in Minnesota's dome ..the Pontiac Silverdome etc....in fact  one game in Miami got rained on all night and just now does Miami have a roofed baseball park....


6- The weather slaps everybody in the face who has to work in it. ...those indoors get to laugh


Stay indoors    

rifleman
rifleman

They are NOW worried that bad weather might be an issue? Duh, didn't this thought occur to them when selecting the city? Why move the date then? Insane!

Alaska4X4
Alaska4X4

If it's snowing so hard that it interferes with the televised broadcast than that would be a problem. Being an Alaskan, watching the players slip and slide is kind of normal for us. It's the way the snow slows down the receivers and throws off pass timing that can really favor a run orientated team. Both Seattle and San Francisco are just that where as pass orientated teams like Denver or Kansas City would be at a major disadvantage to either of those teams should the game be played between any of these teams. 

josebier
josebier

Whats the big deal with the Super Bowl being played in New York anyways? Most teams play a few games in the cold in December anyways. Whoever makes it to the Super Bowl this year already knows it will be cold and they have 2 weeks to prepare for it. Whatever the weather is, I don't really care...These are professional athletes who will be playing for a world championship. The weather may be an obstacle but it is not an excuse...Whoever wins the Super Bowl wont be complaining about the cold, will they?

Perry E
Perry E

Depending on the teams who meet, and by all accounts it looks like Seattle or San Francisco against either Denver or possibly Indianapolis, the snow will likely lead to a low scoring, running game centered offensive showing, which is exactly what the league does not want these days with all the passing records falling like dominoes. 

I am confused, but I guess we will find out soon enough. Those are just guesses on the teams. Do not hate me for going for what I think. I am not a fan of any of the teams who will possibly be in the Super Bowl, but just call it like I see it at this point. Who knows, maybe my Dolphins will get in?

Get-a-Grip
Get-a-Grip

@HorizontalGophers IF YOU HAVE ANY FACTS TO BACK UP YOUR CONSPIRACY THEORY, boy is that backfiring on NJ's Traffic Study Specialist now. Not only is his presidential campaign  is over but he and his Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno may not last in office much past the 2014 NFL Draft Selection Day.

DaG1
DaG1

@HorizontalGophers 

Yes, because they were really focused on him running for President when the 2014 Superbowl was announced in May 2010 or when the bid committee put its proposal together in 2009.

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@foncool Spoken like a true moronic conservative who can't separate any unrelated issue with his idiotic personal political agenda. 

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@Voiceover310 Unless it's a massive snow storm, then it will be zero fun to watch. Unless you want to romanticize the recent Philly game and try to tell us all that it was a great game... It stunk.

Median2
Median2

@j7apple People love to complain about things, at the end of the day the game is gonna be fine. People just love to whine too damn much.

nyljsf2
nyljsf2

@RebeccaCroftScottThe joke is people who think football is a warm weather game to be played under a dome.  It's a WINTER game to be played in THE SNOW RAIN WHATEVER

larrybradford
larrybradford

@RebeccaCroftScott   Tell it to Bart Starr.  It's football, where is it written that the game has to be played in a pussified dome.  Play outside, rain, sleet, snow, hot sun etc...What a bunch of freaking winning wimps....

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@RebeccaCroftScott Then they change their travel arrangements, very simple. If they can afford the Super Bowl, they can afford to change their plans. 

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@mbroncofanWhere do you people come up with this stuff?  You are acting like NFL players have never been outside in their lives, let alone had to play a game in inclement weather.

Talarin
Talarin

@mbroncofan Most stupid decision you've ever seen?  Wow, you must not get out much...  So let me ask you, was the Dolphin/Steeler game decided because of weather or because the Dolphins played better football?

rentistoohigh
rentistoohigh

@Alaska4X4 North Dakota State University has a smaller indoor football stadium and a much improved Div 2  football program...did you watch that game ?


See also Boise State 


questions ???



rentistoohigh
rentistoohigh

@josebier Hypocrisy: 


The NFL is player safety conscious...NO they now have a fresh revenue stream of fines


The NFL cares about concussions...NO...they got sued and want to stop that


The NFL wants to raise the level of play difficulty in the game for entertaining purposes while being able to "blame nature"...


Add cowardice to the list



nyljsf2
nyljsf2

@Perry EGOOD those 52 to 49 games last team with the ball scores and wins SUCK

jerichowinters
jerichowinters

@Perry E @PWINGS Wrong, this is a huge misconception about snow. Especially with the new rules favoring passing, snow actually favors vertical passing, sideline passing, straight-line speed, etc. It puts the defense at a huge footing/leverage/angles disadvantage, makes pass protection easy. Look back to most of the snow games in past few years (heck, THIS year) and watch the Tom Brady press conf after the Titans game Oct. 2009. 


Super Bowl in the snow would actually be a joy to watch with most of today's offenses/ special teams if they have creative coaching staffs. Even the Dolphins could find great success in it. 

PWINGS
PWINGS

@Perry E   "....the snow will likely lead to a low scoring, running game centered offensive showing, which is exactly what the league does not want these days with all the passing records falling like dominoes."

The passing records are falling like dominoes because the NFL has made every rule change they can think of to inhibit the defense and promote a wide-open passing game that is more exciting and entertaining. As you point out, a cold weather outdoor game will discourage the type of game that the NFL has been trying so hard to promote. If a boring game negatively affects the TV ratings, they won't make this mistake again!

rentistoohigh
rentistoohigh

@Perry E People from the ESPN area ...you know...the Tri State...wanted the game in their back yard so to speak ...odd since most of them fly south for the winter anyway...those with the means to. Oh wait...they'll not affected by the weather will they ? ...or maybe the smarter ones will just couch gate like the rest of us

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@Median2 @j7apple Gee, thanks for the perspective. You're so even keeled, how do you do it? Ever thought of writing a book and teaching us all how to better ourselves?

nortran11
nortran11

@larrybradford@RebeccaCroftScottThat wasn't the point you tool. It has nothing to do with the players being "wimps" (Also....I think the word you are looking for is whining)....it has to do with the fans who make plans to come to the game only to find out it has been rescheduled to the next day, etc. Stop being a moron

Ranerdar
Ranerdar

@Talarin - One could argue that the snow made it hard for the Steeler player to see the out of bounds line when he stepped on it.

Snow_Veil
Snow_Veil

@PWINGS @Perry E 

I have a suspicion that the spectacle of a snow/ice game would do MORE to keep people watching than just another (increasingly common) shootout.

rentistoohigh
rentistoohigh

@Snow_Veil @PWINGS @Perry E


The whole issue is tabloid start to finish...."make the super bowl into a  social and economic crisis"  ...for entertainment purposes ...just like a lot of other things...and listen to the so called media laugh about it...as well as "execs" like this Supowitz character who ...if it were anything else would be disciplined for being quoted in print making the stupid remark he did.  


Whatever sells clicks....