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Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

Posted on: January 30, 2012 3:12 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 3:28 pm
IrsayBy Josh Katzowitz

INDIANAPOLIS -- The members of the Super Bowl committee lately have been content to award hosting duties in cities in the northern part of the U.S. For instance, Indianapolis here and New Jersey in 2014. But what about an international Super Bowl?

Apparently, that’s been something the committee has discussed.

“There’s a little bit of change in philosophy,” Irsay said Monday. “We have the 50-year anniversary coming up, which we’re looking at. There are some members of our committee who have been thinking about having an international Super Bowl in London. That obviously has some real pluses and minuses if you weren’t going to have it on America soil. Right now, we’re in a wait-and-see approach.”

Los Angeles also has drawn some interest from the Super Bowl committee, assuming the Farmer Field project is completed at some point. But London? It seems … well … not very fan-friendly and, probably more importantly, not very corporate-friendly.

It is good news that the committee is willing to get out of the San Diego-Miami-New Orleans rotation every once in a while. Though Dallas, in many ways, had problems, Indianapolis has been a dream so far. Of course, Super Bowl XLVI will be played in a dome, and if the weather drops to 30 degrees and snow begins to fall here, it won’t matter.

The same can’t be said for the New Meadowlands Super Bowl in two years.

“We’re always looking at new stadiums, in warm weather or in a dome,” Irsay said. “We’re obviously going to have a trial weather balloon on that in New York. It could be interesting.”

London could be interesting as well. But that doesn’t mean it’s a great idea.

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Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:50 am

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

"I'm guessing you don't buy too many items "Made in England""

I buy plenty of gin. Thank you very much.

Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 1:19 pm

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

Azazellee, let me explain some basic economics. When the Super Bowl - or any football game - is played, hundreds of people are working at the stadium (concessions, memorabilia, security, etc.) Thousands more benefit from the to influx of people into the city around the stadium (Motels, hotels, resturants, gas stations etc.) This has an immediate local impact in the form of tax revenue generated from businesses that private citizens don't have to pay. This is especially effective in places like Jacksonville where everything surrounding the city is rural and low-income.

The game draws a ton of viewers so the commercial time is some of the most effective time slots available all year. This has a positive effect on the companies that make products you buy. I'm guessing you don't buy too many items "Made in England" so I am also going to assume you would be negatively impacted by the loss of revenue from companies you actually do buy from. In short the 'evil corporations' pumped more money into the local economy during the Super Bowl craze than non-affiliated locals will the rest of that year combined.

So as you can see, you were affected, as was the rest of America, by the Super Bowl. So quit using this as an excuse to throw left hooks.

Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2012 1:41 pm

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

What's the big deal? It's not like I could ever afford to go to a Super Bowl anyways. And even if had the big bucks to blow on a Super Bowl trip, why not visit London at the same time? You say a US city would lose out on money? I live in Jacksonville and I don't recall making any extra money the year we hosted the game. As a matter of fact, I'm pretty sure I made less money that weekend because everyone was downtown. The word 'foreign' gets mentioned and you all start waving your flags and scream, "Dey took our jobs!" Quit griping over something that won't even affect you.

Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:02 am

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

Wow...can they think of any other dumb ideas! 

Since: Apr 25, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 2:26 am

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

Great idea, because it's not already expensive enough for 99.99% of fans to attend the Superbowl. The NFL really needs to up the ante to include a round trip international flight during a peak time to keep the remaining riff-raff out of the game....Unbelievable....The next thing you're going to tell me is that fans want an 18 game season...Whoops! Already tried to slide that one past us. The NFL is on a crash course where the average fan is going to abandon it because the next generation of fans never got the chance to attend games. I'm all for capitalism but the league needs to recognize the direction that it's heading in and realize that they are sacrificing long term viability for short term profits. Citizens are getting sick of funding new stadiums (i.e. San Diego) and escalating ticket and concession prices ($10/beer or more in stadiums???) and the erosion of the fan base is going to happen very slowly...and then very's unfortunate...

Since: Feb 16, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 10:05 pm

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

The owners and nfl make millions of AMERICAN dollars from fans each year.  The fans in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA are what makes the nfl so great.  It would be a slap in the face to every fan if the owners pocketed millions of dollars that season then held the biggest sporting event in the world on a separate continent.... 

Since: May 8, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 9:22 pm

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

With this Idea they are btrying to make more money, nothing else. I the process their GREED is going to KILL the best sport going.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 7:26 pm

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

dumbest idea - EVER!  Let's see, the economy is in the crapper and one of the few industries that is actually thriving is talking about moving the single largest draw to a non-US city?!  Are you nuckin futs?!  There's stiff competition for the right to host the SUperbowl because of all the dollars that get pumped into the town that lands it.  Now let's just send those bucks overseas, hunh?  Irsay is a flake and gigantic donkey torso if he's pushing for this.  How about we keep America's pasttime in A M E R I C A and the added municipal revenues impacting some US city, okay?  Let the rest of the freakin world enjoy the handful of preseason games we throw them, and collectively shut up.

Since: Sep 29, 2010
Posted on: January 31, 2012 7:22 pm

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

Moronic idea. 

Cities struggle to get funding and community support for newer, updated stadiums, and they would consider rewarding London for nothing!??!?

Also, the US has turned the NFL into a financial gold mine... so let's send the economic boom to a country where most citizens couldn't name 5 teams.

This sounds like an Irsay comment... It'd be even more typical if he made the announcement about a London Super Bowl in the middle of the night!!

Since: Jan 31, 2012
Posted on: January 31, 2012 7:17 pm

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

This is one of the most ridiculous ideas I've ever heard, even coming from Jim Irsay, who has the reputation of being more than a little flakey at times. If London wants to build a stadium and actually support an NFL team, fine, they should get their chance. But unless and until that happens, the idea of giving London a Super Bowl is a slap in the face to every single American city and town which has done these things.

One can't help wondering if Irsay possibly acquired a new supply of "rock candy" before he made that idiotic comment. 

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