Owners set sights on Super Bowl sites

Making advance travel plans? Then pencil in a trip to South Florida, because it is likely that the NFL owners will approve Miami's Super Bowl bid for 2007. Upcoming Super Bowl venues were one of the hot topics at the annual meeting, which wrapped up Wednesday in Philadelphia.<P>

Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said owners are expected to approve Pro Player Stadium as the site of the 2007 Super Bowl. Final approval would come at a special meeting in mid-September.

Other sites in the running included perennial favorite New Orleans. According to reports, the owners did not want back to back indoor Super Bowls, so the 2006 game set for Detroit's Ford Field may have worked against the Superdome.

The 2008 game may go to a potentially cold outdoor site. The NFL said that New York/New Jersey and Washington D.C. are being considered, along with more traditional sites such as Arizona and Tampa.

"I think there is pretty strong sentiment among the ownership that New York is unique for entertainment and Washington is unique as the center of politics," Tagliabue said of the '08 decision. "I have no personal preference. I think these give us four areas which could be excellent for a Super Bowl, provided the stadium is right."

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