- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 20, 2009

From combined dispatches

New Orleans is a Super Bowl city again.

Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., NFL owners voted Tuesday to play the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans, the first time the title game will be played there since Hurricane Katrina shredded parts of the Louisiana Superdome. The hurricane caused 1,600 deaths and devastated the Gulf Coast four years ago.

New Orleans beat out Miami, which sought a record 11th Super Bowl, and 2008 host Glendale, Ariz. This is the 10th time New Orleans will be the Super Bowl site.

“We’re just thrilled about what’s going on,” Saints owner Tom Benson said. “We’re getting a new Superdome. Now we’re going to get a Super Bowl on top of that. It couldn’t be any more exciting than that.”



New Orleans last hosted in 2002, when Adam Viniateri’s 48-yard field goal as time expired lifted New England over St. Louis.

Also, Jeff Pash, the NFL’s executive vice president and general counsel, said talks on a new collective bargaining agreement with the players union are expected to begin next month.

TV: NFL Network will stay in Comcast Corp.’s TV lineup under a deal that also could open the door for the football channel to get shown by other major cable TV operators that do not yet carry the network.

Comcast and the NFL said they had reached an agreement for the nation’s largest cable TV operator to air the football channel on its second-most popular digital tier of service.

The deal spans 10 years and would cost Comcast 40 cents to 45 cents a subscriber, down from the NFL’s previous asking price of 70 cents. By Aug. 1, the NFL Network will be carried throughout Comcast’s service areas on a programming package called Digital Classic, which has around 10 million subscribers.

Also, the league extended its deals with CBS and Fox for two more seasons through 2014.

VICK: Michael Vick wants to work with an unlikely ally - the Humane Society of the United States - on a program aimed at eradicating dogfighting among urban teens.

Society president Wayne Pacelle said he recently met with Vick at the federal prison in Leavenworth, Kan., and that Vick said he wants to work with the group once he’s out of federal custody.

Billy Martin, one of Vick’s attorneys, said that Vick requested the meeting.

“Michael is very interested in putting this together,” Martin said.

COWBOYS: Special teams coach Joe DeCamillis, who suffered a broken neck during the collapse of the practice facility on May 2, is back with the Cowboys.

DeCamillis showed up for the first day of organized team activities, wearing a neck brace but walking around among the players. He was released from the hospital May 10, just eight days after getting hurt.

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