Originally Posted by wco81
Yeah the NFL is basically extorting local businesses and stations to buy up the remaining tickets. Though really, can you imagine the uproar if the game was blacked out up there? It would take a hit on popularity.
As for the idea of hosting the SB in NY, they have to do it at least once for every new stadium they build or else the financial viability of these billion dollar stadiums won't work.
But why build an outdoor stadium in the Northeast? Because of all those legendary games from the '50s and '60s? Back then they couldn't build an enclosed stadium or better yet, one with a retractable roof.
Football was slotted in the winter because baseball already had spring, summer and fall. But the traditions of football in Northeast colleges seemed to be about autumn games, in September and October, more than December and January. Now, where is the most prominent college football played? In the Southeast and they don't play in December and January except for the bowl games, which are mostly in warmer areas.
In the NFL, some of the northern teams took advantage of weather but teams like the Bills and the old Vikings couldn't translate that advantage in the Superbowl.
It's nonsense to build outdoor only stadiums. For one thing, these venues want to be able to host other events offseason and they'd have a better chance if it could be enclosed for the weather.
Football has always been a traditionally "cool weather" sport. Fall, and very early winter. Baseball season extends longer than it used to. The World Series, was traditionally (until 1960) held during the first week of October.
I like my football to be played outdoors in cold weather... while I watch indoors on my big TV
I really dislike watching games played in the older domed stadiums (ie Superdome, Georgia Dome, whatever is in St Louis), its like a tomb in there. The newer ones that let some light in are better. OTOH, hot weather cities need their games indoors in September; old Texas Stadium could get ridiculously hot early in the season.