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Owners to decide on 2018 Super Bowl site

Jim Irsay Speaks

BY BARRY WILNER
AP PRO FOOTBALL WRITER

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Big Easy, Naptown or the Twin Cities.

That's the choice facing NFL owners when they vote Tuesday on the site of the 2018 Super Bowl, choosing among New Orleans, Indianapolis and Minneapolis.

Each city has hosted the big game, albeit just once for Indy and Minny. New Orleans has staged 10 Super Bowls, tied with South Florida for the most.

Most recently, the 2013 game was delayed 38 minutes by a blackout at the Superdome. Despite that power problem, New Orleans is considered a favorite to be chosen by the 32 owners as the city celebrates its 300th year. A three-quarters majority is required for passage.

Saints owner Tom Benson recently had minor knee surgery, but the 86-year-old Benson is expected to attend the meetings.

Colts owner Jim Irsay is taking part in league business for the first time since his arrest for having $29,000 in cash and bottles of prescription drugs in his car. Irsay has been undergoing treatment and the owners meetings is Irsay's first public appearance since the arrest.

"It's just good to be back and good to be able to put an effort into regaining the Super Bowl," Irsay said. "I really feel we did such an incredible job the first time."

Irsay declined to comment on whether he would address the other owners about his personal situation.

Only the Vikings will present a brand new stadium in their bid, a $1 billion indoor facility scheduled to open in 2016.

"We're going to celebrate winter. And we should, because we do it well - better than anyone," said Richard Davis, co-chair of the Minneapolis bid committee. "We're going to talk to the owners about how it's about time that the NFL brought America's game around the country, like a caravan, and started taking it out from the Southern states and bring it around to the rest of the world. We should be the first."

Actually, the game was held in New Jersey this year - the first outdoor Super Bowl in a cold-weather site.

Indianapolis was highly praised for its Super Bowl in 2012, when the Giants beat the Patriots. The city has a history of staging big events and will host the Final Four next spring at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The NFL always has favored bringing its title game to New Orleans, and the appeal of warmer weather in Louisiana than in the other bidding cities could be a factor.

Next year's game is in Arizona, and the 50th Super Bowl will be in the San Francisco Bay Area. The 2017 game is set for Houston.

Also on the agenda, although no vote is certain, will be expanding the playoffs from 12 teams to 14. That proposal was discussed at the league meetings in Orlando in March. Commissioner Roger Goodell has said it's still possible such a change could happen this year if it is voted on and passed in Atlanta.

More likely, 2015 would be the target date for expanded playoffs.

"We're being very deliberate about it," Goodell said. "We want to make sure we do it in the right way."

Goodell also has been championing improved workplace environments in the wake of the Miami Dolphins' bullying scandal. Owners will talk about that issue on Tuesday.

"You never want to see any story that reflects on that we don't have the right workplace environment," Goodell said. "We've redoubled our efforts to make sure we provide the right environment ... for everybody in the NFL."

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madeirawoodaka1 May 20 2014 at 11:25 AM

We have laws against drunk driving and we have laws against violation of ones
privacy...they should be equally applied accordingly! Now one owner has been raked over the coals for something he said in the privacy of his home! We wonder how many other blacks, latinos etal have had tapes made of their prejudices by a third party in theprivacy of their homes? rcw

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kdarmon58 May 20 2014 at 9:06 AM

Mr. Irsay does not need to give any apologies to anyone. This is his and his alone private issue. All the goody two shoes out there need to mind their own business and look in the mirror and ask themselves have I ever made a mistake in my life and everyone will answer that with a yes I have made mistakes. Unless you can lie to yourself. Get a life and stop judging everyone else.

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acharleyhorse kdarmon58 May 20 2014 at 9:23 AM

It is not private when the owner of an NFL franchise is arrested. Sterling is being forced to sell the NBA Clippers, and all he did was make some asinine comments in private. Irsay broke the law. Making mistakes is one thing. Breaking the law,( driving while impaired) is another. He put other peoples lives at risk by doing so.

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bduckw9936 acharleyhorse May 20 2014 at 9:44 AM

If you call "Black" "Black" you are disqualifed to own a NBA team. But you can get arrested as an NFL owner and nothing is done. Is there something wrong with this picture?

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globemstr3 kdarmon58 May 20 2014 at 4:55 PM

Correct! I hope Jim takes this as a lifesaver!

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ActionWriter May 20 2014 at 11:58 AM

So,....lets get this in line,...Irsay makes the same headlines as Don Sterling and Irsay gets a free pass and Don gets the entire league on his ass for saying (again) IN PRIVATE something which the ***** recorded and thought she'd get bucks for--right?
Hello? is there POSSIBLY a double standard here??

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dave_algonquin ActionWriter May 20 2014 at 1:03 PM

No, there's not a double standard at all. To understand the differences in the situations, you have to abandon your conservative social/political agenda, which clearly you're not willing to do. That being said, I would be pleased if Irsay were forced to sell his team. He should be. He could have killed someone on the road.

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Peter May 20 2014 at 6:43 AM

The power of sports and the NFL...You can do anything and just skate...no accountability...Oh wait..maybe he'll get a small fine...Please...another celebrity who knows he will skate...and doesn't care about any of us or anyone around him...He'll let his lawyers and advisors walk him through the apologies, and back to normal..living the life....and he will continue to be a loathsome individual...It's frustrating when people like this are successful...

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dave_algonquin Peter May 20 2014 at 12:54 PM

I agree with your point, although it's not sports/NFL that are keeping him out of trouble -- it's his bankroll. The wealthy live by a different set of rules.

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hugh4u2 May 20 2014 at 6:13 AM

Colts owner should be forced to seel the team afetr being arrested,,,,,,,,,,

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dave_algonquin hugh4u2 May 20 2014 at 12:57 PM

I can't tell if you're being facetious, but that's a gross oversimplification of the difference between the two situations. That being said, it wouldn't be unfair if he were forced to sell the team. What happens to us working stiffs if we got busted for DUI and possession of controlled substances? Oh, that's right, we'd get fired and never be able to get another job again.

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mn4470 May 20 2014 at 4:28 AM

Typical, if you have money you get off lightly. It's like Wall St, he's too rich to go to jail.

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globemstr3 May 20 2014 at 4:44 PM

Superdome is done and gone. I dont think the Vikes place could even deal with it. Indy is proven and the only place to play.

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Loel Lund May 20 2014 at 12:09 AM

First a NBA owner and now a NFL guy--the world is going to the dogs.

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dave_algonquin Loel Lund May 20 2014 at 12:59 PM

The wealthy think the rules don't apply to them, and thanks to the cronyism of their plutocrat buddies, they're sadly right about that.

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belldn3 May 19 2014 at 11:11 PM

Was he sober?

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BLONDIE & GRUMPY May 20 2014 at 10:45 AM

Again, let's see what the blood test reveals; then the league should take action... If players are banned then he should be banned as well...

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