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“That is a significant event for us,” Goodell said, “and we want to make sure we do it right. I don’t think there is anything off the table on who would host it.”
The league is keeping close tabs on two potential stadium projects in Los Angeles.
“We think there are two opportunities in Los Angeles and we are going to pursue both of them aggressively,” Goodell said.
Neither Arizona nor Tampa received the required 24 of 32 votes on the first ballot Tuesday, meaning a simple majority was needed on the next vote.
Goodell spoke with the Tampa Bay group immediately after it lost the bidding.
“Anytime we are invited to participate, we will do so,” said Paul Catoe, outgoing CEO of Tampa Bay & Co.
Bidwill said the estimated economic impact in Arizona in 2008 was more than $500 million, and he expects it to be higher in 2015. While that number seems high because subsequent Super Bowls didn’t reach that level, it’s still a major boon to local business.
“The impact is in the multihundred millions of dollars, and that is significant value for any community,” said Marc Ganis, president of Chicago-based sports business consulting firm Sportscorp Ltd., and an observer of the league’s business side. “The Super Bowl also provides a positive target for a community to rally around. There are all sorts of activities _ business, volunteer, political _ that can be pointed to when they host the Super Bowl.”
Ganis also points out that the Phoenix area has enough first-class hotels for the Super Bowl. That has been a challenge for Tampa, which has involved Orlando and Sarasota and other areas in its bids.
Later Tuesday, owners approved a resolution to play regular-season games in Britain through 2016. Teams can volunteer to play at least one regular-season home game per year in Britain for up to five years. Goodell said several teams have expressed interest and there are financial incentives for hosting games overseas. Visiting teams can play abroad only once in five years.
Tampa Bay will host Chicago on Oct. 23 in London, the fifth straight year the NFL has held an October game there. The Buccaneers will be making their second London appearance in three years; they lost to New England 35-7 in 2009.
Several teams that struggle to sell out home games, such as the Jaguars, Raiders, Bengals and Chargers, could be in line for more frequent trips overseas.
No specifics on venues, dates or teams for future games have been set, but Goodell made it clear more games in London are coming, perhaps two next season.
“We are very pleased with the reception to the game and the way our business has grown over there,” he said. “Can it be sustained for multiple games?”
The meetings began with a five-minute NFL Films tribute to Al Davis; the Oakland Raiders owner died on Saturday.
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