- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder will present his case today before the other NFL owners to have the 2007 Super Bowl at FedEx Field. No decision on the site of Super Bowl XLI will be made until at least the spring, but the session today will still be telling in sizing up the local effort compared to bids in New York and a potential entry from Los Angeles.

The Redskins, New York Giants and Jets are seeking Super Bowls in their stadiums, away from the usual warm-weather sites. Currently, NFL bylaws dictate Super Bowls must in cities with an average winter temperature above 50 degrees, or played in a domed stadium.

Last year, NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue asked the owners to consider changing the rule, partly as a tribute to the two cities struck by the terrorist attacks of September11. But consensus could not be reached on the issue at the NFL's annual meeting in March, and the 50-degree rule remains on the books.

In the meantime, both New York and Washington have assembled sizable Super Bowl bid organizations to facilitate efforts should the rule be changed or temporarily waived. The Redskins in April named a 28-person task force of local political and business luminaries to help with the bid, and the Giants have a similar committee, formed soon after Tagliabue's initial statement on the subject. A renovation of Giants Stadium would be part of the effort there.

The Super Bowl presentations are part of a two-day league meeting in New York. The agenda is largely dominated by internal business matters. Diversity in hiring, another hot topic of late, will also be discussed.

The 2007 Super Bowl is the earliest one on the schedule not currently slotted to a city. The next four Super Bowls will be in San Diego, Houston, Jacksonville and Detroit, respectively.

Redskins spokesman Karl Swanson said the team is not trying to position itself against the Giants or Jets.

"We don't look at this as an us-versus-them thing or try to compare ourselves relative to the Giants," Swanson said. "This is about trying to get the Super Bowl to Washington."

The earliest the Jets are seeking a Super Bowl is 2011, when a new Manhattan stadium the team is seeking could be finished.

Meanwhile, recent reports have suggested Los Angeles could also end up with a Super Bowl in 2007 or 2008. NFL bylaws also dictate Super Bowls must be played in a city populated by a NFL team. But league officials and owners have seriously eyed the nation's second-largest city as a candidate for expansion or relocated team, potentially bringing Los Angeles back into the fold before 2007. The Rams and Raiders left Los Angeles in 1994.

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