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Minneapolis awarded 2018 Super Bowl

NFL Owners Meeting In Atlanta

AP Pro Football Writer

ATLANTA (AP) -- Minneapolis will host the 2018 Super Bowl after a vote by owners on Tuesday rewarded the city for getting a new stadium deal.

The owners chose Minneapolis and the new $1 billion stadium planned for the site of the old Metrodome to host the championship over New Orleans and Indianapolis.

"The new stadium was absolutely the deciding factor," Jay Cicero of the New Orleans bid committee said. "Any time that there is so much public support for a $1 billion stadium, the NFL owners are impressed.

"We did everything we were supposed to do, had a fantastic presentation. In the end we think the stadium did it."

The big game will be staged in the Twin Cities for the second time. It was there in 1992, when Washington beat Buffalo.

New Orleans has staged the Super Bowl 10 times, tied with South Florida for the most, but its bid might have been damaged by the blackout that interrupted the 2013 title game. Indianapolis had it in 2012.

Next year's game is in Glendale, Arizona, followed by Santa Clara, California, for the 50th Super Bowl, then Houston.

Earlier at their spring meetings, NFL owners tabled any vote expanding the playoffs to 14 teams.

There is strong sentiment among the owners to add a wild-card team in each conference to the postseason, most likely beginning in 2015. Such a setup would eliminate one of the first-round byes, with only the team with the best record in each conference getting a week off at the beginning of the playoffs.

New York Giants owner John Mara, who is against adding more playoff teams, said the topic probably will come up for more discussion in October.

"I don't think it's a sure thing at all," Mara said of going to 14 playoff teams. "It's probably more likely than not, but nothing is set in stone. There was no straw poll taken. ... I think it's good the way we have it."

The players' union says it needs to be consulted on an expanded postseason, and Mara said that would happen at some point if the owners decide to expand the playoff field.

A committee examining the time, length and site of the draft reported to the owners. Commissioner Roger Goodell has said the league is considering several options:

-keeping the draft in May; it drew record TV ratings this year after it was moved back two weeks from its usual late April slot.

-adding a fourth day.

-moving it from its traditional spot in New York to a variety of NFL cities, with a dozen already having expressed interest.

"If I was king of the world, I'd put it right back where it was," Mara said, referring to the April dates.

In other matters, new director of football operations Troy Vincent hired three advisers, including Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary. Vincent, a former All-Pro defensive back, also hired former NFL player and coach Jimmy Raye and former player and general manager Mike Reinfeldt.

Among other chores, the three new hires will serve as liaisons to league coaches and front-office personnel.

"These men bring sound wisdom, football experience and insight that helps us support our clubs and coaches, as well as grow and develop our players and game," Vincent said.


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jgesselberty May 20 2014 at 5:08 PM

And the poor taxpayers who are paying for that stadium won't be able to afford a ticket.

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ejorillion May 20 2014 at 5:29 PM

who the hell wants to go to Minneapolis????/

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barbara.diane May 20 2014 at 5:38 PM

I am really tired of the taxpayers having to pay for the new NFL stadium bills. That applies
to all the sports team owners. You are the ones that are millionaires & it is your team so
you pay the bills, not the public. Wake up people!! Let the damn NFL owners
flip the bill for once.

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cgssnavickas May 20 2014 at 4:56 PM

Guess the northern states are left out in the cold (Unless the stadium has a dome).

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BANDIT BILL May 20 2014 at 4:58 PM

Well the going rate is now a $1 billion dollar price tag!!

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ga7smi BANDIT BILL May 21 2014 at 1:33 AM

and will go up[ - this is a win for the team owners ad no one else

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rikrobo May 20 2014 at 5:13 PM

Went there for a game once and Lambeau Field many times (GO Packers!) and during the winter months, it was soooo cold that no one could do anything outside for long. All the extra curricular activities will have to be indoors. What a great reward for a player after scratching and clawing their way to the top all season, a trip to one of the coldest regions in the country.

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leoganz rikrobo May 20 2014 at 6:39 PM

Duhhhh People in Minnesota find plenty to do in the winter...LMAO!!!!!

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savannahswithgod rikrobo May 20 2014 at 9:54 PM

Where you there for that game where the Vikes did not have to win they just couldn't lose so a tie won the division title against the Pack. Think the score was 10-10?

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maggiemoe1950 May 20 2014 at 9:29 PM

Ever wonder why cities are always in debt. Now you know why.

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travelshelton maggiemoe1950 May 21 2014 at 9:44 AM

Minneapolis isn't in debt....

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jnel713 May 20 2014 at 6:45 PM

We in Minneapolis should have been allowed to vote on a referendum for tax payer funded stadium. Instead it was shoved on us to subsidize

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floatgod jnel713 May 20 2014 at 7:10 PM

Was it by Al Franken the comedian or Jesse Ventura the wrestler?

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jnel713 floatgod May 20 2014 at 7:32 PM

Both total embarrassments to Minnesota

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alphaome4 floatgod May 20 2014 at 10:07 PM

Leave Governor Ventura out of it. Sad he didn't wrestle his way into the White house. He would have been a far greater president than these last two &^$&^(&*)!

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baindoff jnel713 May 20 2014 at 9:38 PM

Actually it wasn't as it will be funded through corporate taxes, hospitality taxes, lottery and pull tabs so if you use none of these then you won't be affected. There's no taxes coming from income, property, or anything else.

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dnort9 baindoff May 21 2014 at 2:16 AM

how are those pulltabs working out... taxpayers on the hook again billionaire/millionnair welfare
disgusting! dayton needs to go

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hatpillbill May 20 2014 at 5:42 PM

Why wasn't Atlanta considered. We will have a new stadium built before Minneapolis finishes theirs

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trunkbay9 May 20 2014 at 5:32 PM

Swell. More indoor football ( sigh ... ) ...

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savannahswithgod trunkbay9 May 20 2014 at 9:52 PM

How about out of the Box, Sports Illustrated. I think I did not mess with me NFL and college charts. But that was in the good old days, the 70's,80's. Now you have to let the receivers tell the DB's to stand still while they catch a TD pass and run the score up. First to a 100 wins! Plus of course if you rush the QB and do more than kiss his arse you get a fine? Powderpuff anyone? A real waste of steroids.

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