Quote of the Day
"I remember when Denver wanted it in the worst way, and we talked them out of it. This thing is open for discussion now."
-- Former Chargers Exec VP & COO Jim Steeg, who organized Super Bowls for the NFL for 26 years, on the league awarding future Super Bowls to cold-weather cities (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 5/26).
N.Y. Papers React To Super Bowl Announcement
The NFL’s innovation under Roger Goodell continues with yesterday’s historic vote to award Super Bowl XLVIII to the Giants/Jets and New Meadowlands Stadium. A Super Bowl vote has never sparked such response, as critics debate whether this sets a precedent that will change the marquee global event. The move follows the call by Goodell to forgo complacency and instead focus on new ideas but whether it will work as planned in February '14 remains to be seen. Woody Johnson and the Mara/Tisch families are the clear winners from yesterday’s vote, but they had a powerful support group that included former “Border War” protagonist Bob Kraft and even the Rooney family. Will we see future Super Bowls in more chilly climates? Kraft says a Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium is probably “not going to happen,” but Dan Snyder sure sounds like he would like one.
On The Radar
Jerry Jones sends a strong message by saying Wasserman/Leiweke downtown L.A. stadium proposal “makes a lot of sense."
Expanded regular season discussed “extensively” at NFL meetings; new league deal with MADD calls for pilot programs in Buffalo and Dallas.
Weather Outside Is Frightful ...
MLB OKs $6M credit line for Rangers as lenders continue objections to the team's proposed sale.
... But The Fire Is So Delightful
Bridgestone renews NHL sponsorship with five-year deal that includes Winter Classic entitlement.
Tracking The Forecast
F1 surprisingly announces U.S. return with race in Austin, which will build track for up to $250M.
Sunny Day To Play 18
PGA of America lands deal making KitchenAid presenting sponsor of Senior PGA Championship.
Will Lightning Strike Twice?
Vinik now focused on hiring CEO after making a huge first hire with Steve Yzerman as GM.
Storm On The Bayfront
Bad publicity reportedly causes ING to drop sponsorship of AEG-operated race in S.F.