NY/NJ Super Bowl looks like longshot

The plan for New York/New Jersey to host a Super Bowl never really even got off the ground. In the wake of the Sept. 11 disaster, support was strong to try to get the Big Apple or Washington, DC to host the 2008 Super Bowl. That would go against the league's rule of requiring the big game to be held in a warm-weather city.

But this week at the league meetings in Orlando, the idea of Giants Stadium hosting a Super Bowl was never even discussed, nor is it expected to be until at least October; perhaps as late as next March.

The 2007 Super Bowl is scheduled to be held in Phoenix, provided the new stadium under construction is completed. That leaves 2008 as the earliest possible opening.

Most league officials believe that despite the tremendous physical, emotional and monetary setbacks that came about from the tragedies, almost six years from now the feeling of needing to reward New York or Washington will have all but dissipated.

Twenty-four of the league's 32 teams must approve any city nominated to host the Super Bowl. Despite Commissioner Paul Tagliabue's apparent support for New York's cause, it's not believed that enough votes can be swayed to get the idea approved.

In a recent poll conducted by the Star-Ledger, only 10 of 28 owners or team decision-makers supported the idea, including Wellington Mara and Jets owner Woody Johnson. Six were against the idea while a dozen were undecided.

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