Other cold-weather cities eye Super Bowl bids
Now that the first New York/New Jersey Super Bowl was a smashing success for everyone except the Broncos and their fans, NFL owners in other cold-weather cities are sure to be lining up to try to bring the Big Game to their stadiums.
Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, New England and Denver are among the places that can make a case to host it. The next three Super Bowls are set for Glendale, Ariz. (2015), Santa Clara, Calif. (2016), and Houston (2017), and the 2018 field has been narrowed to a domed home in Indianapolis, Minneapolis or New Orleans.
The temperature at kickoff Sunday in New Jersey was 49 degrees. Meanwhile, the temperature reached 54 degrees in Philadelphia on Sunday, 62 in Landover, Md., and 51 in Foxborough, Mass.
“Philly would be a great place to host it. It has everything,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said last week.
Get in line, Jeff.
“We want a Super Bowl here, we deserve a Super Bowl here,” Redskins owner Daniel Snyder said last fall.
Patriots owners Robert Kraft feels the same.
“We would love one day to hold it,” Kraft said.
Goodell was noncommittal when asked Friday about the league choosing another cold-weather venue for its championship game.
“I think the ownership — we'll all sit back and review that when we're done, but we have a very aggressive process in how to select cities,” he said.
Super Bowl sets ratings record
For the fourth time in five years, the Super Bowl set a record for the most-watched television event in U.S. history, drawing 111.5 million viewers even though the Seahawks' 43-8 victory over the Broncos wasn't really competitive.
The Seattle victory eclipsed the 111.3 million viewers who watched the 2012 Super Bowl between the Giants and Patriots, according to the Nielsen company.
Browns hire offensive coordinator
New Browns coach Mike Pettine has his play caller. Kyle Shanahan was hired as offensive coordinator Monday after spending the previous four years in the same role with the Redskins.
Packers to change playoff plan
The Packers expect to offer a “pay as we play” option for postseason tickets after fans complained about the team's playoff ticket policy, the team said Monday.
Team policy required the purchase of two possible home playoff games, with any games that are not played credited to next year's season ticket purchase.
Seattle win costs Houston store $7M
Seattle's victory in the Super Bowl cost Houston furniture store mogul Jim McIngvale about $7 million.
McIngvale is the owner of Gallery Furniture, one of the nation's largest independent furniture stores. He promised customers who spent at least $6,000 in the past two weeks and took delivery before Sunday's game that he would refund their purchase cost if Seattle won.