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Goodell Talks Future Of London Games, Super Bowl Contingency On ESPN Radio
Published January 27, 2014
SAFETY FIRST: There has been a lot of talk about Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday being the first time the game has been played outdoors in a cold-weather city, and Goodell said, "Whenever we do an event like this, you have to have contingency plans." He added, "If you look at the weather across the country over the last week, we would have difficulty playing in a lot of cities because of the weather. ... We're asking a lot of fans to come in, travel, and you just have to make sure that you keep all of your fans safe and you have a safe event, and that's what we're really focusing on." Goodell noted the issue the NFL "will not cross is compromising public health or safety." Goodell: "If we were going to compromise that in any way, we would not play. We don't see that as being an issue right now" ("Mike & Mike," ESPN Radio, 1/27).