Posted February 12, 2013

NFL mulls possibility of Super Bowl Saturday in 2014

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The issues caused by the Super Bowl blackout could pale in comparison to posting next year's Super Bowl because of weather conditions. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

The issues caused by the Super Bowl blackout this year could pale in comparison to postponing next year’s Super Bowl because of weather conditions. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

The NFL is already developing a contingency plan for next year’s Super Bowl, and it has nothing to do with how to deal with another 34-minute electrical blackout. Instead, the league might be looking at Super Bowl Saturday.

NFL officials are looking into possibly playing the big game on a Saturday or postponing it several days if the weather is too prohibitive, according to a report from Sports Business Daily. The 2014 Super Bowl is scheduled for Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey and will be the first Super Bowl ever to be held in an open-air stadium in the northeast.

The league is considering various options that include the possibility of delaying the contest several days in the event of a weather emergency on game day. The league even could decide to play the game on Saturday if faced with an ominous forecast, sources said.

Of course, the idea of delaying the game several days or announcing last-minute that it will be played a day earlier will present a host of travel complications for fans, many of whom typically arrive the day of the game and fly out later that night or a day later.

“The challenge I see is that the stadium is only so big and demand is far going to exceed availability,” said Dave Wintergrass, the NFL’s senior director of events.


19 comments
quefabe
quefabe

The 1967 NFL Championship game, aka "The Ice Bowl", was played in GB on December 31,1967. Not Dallas.

 

The GB Packers then played the KC Chiefs in the first "AFL-NFL World Championship Game"  on January 15, 1967 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in LA, CA.

The game was not a sell-out and was televised by both CBS and NBC.

 

Those are the real facts.

sy78800
sy78800

I'd love to see the game moved to Saturday for the long term.  If they did that, they could follow the same time schedule as a MNF game.  This would give the NFL a better TV slot on the west coast and would eliminate (for many) a late night before a work day.  I agree that the SB should be in a warm dome.  Play-offs are different since teams like New England, Green Bay, etc. earn the right to host the home games in the cold.

ThomasAsiano
ThomasAsiano

Joecabot,

They play in inclement weather during the season ..you are right.. but they do it because THAT"S WHERE THE PLAYOFF GAME IS!! ..NOT BECAUSE THAT"S WHERE THE SUPERBOWL IS !

The Superbowl should  ALWAYS be played in warm and sunny weather or in a domed stadium.  

Let's get this straight.. the teams play 16 games beating the crud out of each other and then have to play at least 2 more playoff games.. and their reward?? playing in freezing temperatures possibly on a Saturday  IN JERSEY!!!

WOO HOO!!!    How about Green Bay during February.. or Clevland?   Goodell has his lips firmly planted in NY's As-.. and should be called out on this ridiculous decision.

m.guszak
m.guszak

I am not sure why Goodell thinks he has to get all creative and play the game in a cold weather city or move it to Saturday. Seems to me that there is nothing wrong with rotating the game in different warm weather cities and playing in on Sunday. Heck, I think it should be in the Rose Bowl every year.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Roger Goodell decided to kiss the a$$ of the New York interests and place the game there. It was a total sell out but it will do the one thing the NFL is concerned about. Make them big money. 

FredVaughn
FredVaughn

I WANT MY GROUNDHOG DAY SUPER BOWL!!!

FanJab
FanJab

Saturday game would be great, but the outdoor stadium in a cold climate like New York is risky. If there is a giant storm, like the one that just rolled through there? Big problems.

CashMoneyMark
CashMoneyMark

The NFL is making this a bigger deal than it is. The first Super Bowl was played in Green Bay, there are outdoor playoff games 2 weeks before the Super Bowl but suddenly once February hits it's unacceptable to play anywhere that's not tropical or indoors? The game will be no different other than the halftime show much feature a lot less cleavage. 

Dpistonsfl
Dpistonsfl

I like idea of Saturday night game

VicWilliams
VicWilliams

They made their media-driven bed, they should sleep in it. Play the game, snow or no snow.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

 @m.guszak So does the Rose Bowl. But at least it fits what the SB should  be.

Gerald G
Gerald G

 @CashMoneyMarkNeed to get your facts straight.   The Super Bowl has never been played in Green Bay.  The only Northern cities to host the Super Bowl are Indianapolis, Detroit and Minneapolis.   All of those are domed stadiums.  Super Bowl I was played in Los Angeles.  Green Bay won the NFL Championship over the Dallas Cowboys to make the Super Bowl.   That game was played in Dallas.

JoeDavis
JoeDavis

@CashMoneyMark The first Super Bowl was played in California. No where near Green Bay...

Solomon
Solomon

@CashMoneyMark I see 2 things wrong with your comment. I'm pretty sure the first Super Bowl was played in California. But more importantly, "a lot less cleavage" is totally unacceptable to me. I agree with everything else.

Daniel19
Daniel19

 @VicWilliams Couldn't agree more. Just play the damn game. Goodell though is a moron. This will be a mess.

l.czolgosz66
l.czolgosz66

 @Rickapolis  @m.guszak You can't get better than the Rose Bowl. The weather, the tradition, the seating capacity, no football team in Los Angeles, a very coveted vacation spot. Each year teams would strive to make it to Pasadena. It would be perfect.

MattBugaj
MattBugaj

 @Solomon  @CashMoneyMark Kate Upton just did Antarctica. If we can't see some cleavage and get some hardcore football in the snow, what's the point of the NFL/

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @Daniel19  Why will this be a mess?  Games are played in this climate and in inclement weather during a good portion of the season.