SBD/Issue 152/Leagues & Governing Bodies

Hold On, Chap: Goodell Denies Super Bowl Heading To London

Goodell Claims NFL Has Never Looked At
London, Mexico City As Super Bowl Sites
The Super Bowl is "not headed across the pond to London anytime soon," according to Gary Myers of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. A BBC report on Friday stated league officials had discussed the idea of playing a future Super Bowl in London, but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Friday afternoon said the league "has never looked at London or Mexico City" as a Super Bowl site. Goodell: "There is not an international city. Maybe New Orleans is considered an international city" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/25).

WHY EVEN CONSIDER SUCH A MOVE? BLEACHER REPORT's Angel Navedo wrote, "How can one justify taking the Super Bowl out of the country? Because 80,000 fans made it out for a regular season contest? I understand the dollars and cents. I know it's all about revenue. But the Super Bowl is an American tradition, one that many fans overseas don't understand or appreciate (BLEACHERREPORT.com, 4/24). In Tennessee, George Robinson wrote, "Pro football is at an all-time high. Why take it center stage across the pond?" (Clarksville LEAF-CHRONICLE, 4/25). Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan: "What possible sense and justification is there to take it and move it to London other than, once again, marketing geeks who have taken over the world of sport” ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 4/24). In South Carolina, Scott Adamson wrote, "This is about good, old-fashioned corporate greed. If London makes a good enough offer, the NFL won't blink before signing off on the deal. ... That doesn't make it right, of course. It makes as much sense as [EPL clubs] Chelsea and Everton playing the FA Cup Final ... at Giants Stadium" (Anderson INDEPENDENT-MAIL, 4/25).

AMERICAN MADE: In Jacksonville, Hays Carlyon wrote a Super Bowl outside the U.S. "would be the single biggest disgrace in sports history." If Goodell and the NFL "ever take the Super Bowl overseas, they might as well never come back" (JACKSONVILLE.com, 4/25). Fanhouse.com's Kevin Blackistone: "This is the National Football League, not the International Football League. ... This is the biggest sporting event in the (U.S.) and it deserves to stay here" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 4/24). SportsNet N.Y.’s Brandon Tierney: "Football’s not going to be popular there. They don’t even care about the sport” (“The Wheelhouse,” SNY, 4/24). ESPN's Tony Kornheiser asked, "Is it the Worldwide Football Championship? It’s the National Football League, it’s the United States. How are Americans going to get there to watch this game?" Kornheiser: "Why don’t we have the cricket championships in Kansas City? Because it’s not our game." But ESPN's Michael Wilbon said London should host a Super Bowl because “you’ve run out of glamorous cities (in the U.S.) to have the Super Bowl in.” Wilbon, on the NFL: "They need the big stage, the glamorous cities” ("PTI," ESPN, 4/24).

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