EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 23, 2013

Forget about it

Bill Burt
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — A Super Bowl in Boston was originally brought up by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and then-NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue in the mid-1990s.

The Patriots were considering a partnership with the Red Sox to build a Megaplex facility in South Boston. The deal was that our politicians would build it for the Patriots and the NFL will bring a Super Bowl there, like they’ve done for almost every NFL team that builds a new stadium.

That “Patriots Park” was going to have a roof over its head, hence the Super Bowl.

Well, the politicians never bit on the $750 million project, hence no Super Bowl for Boston.

While New York — really New Jersey — will host the upcoming Super Bowl, the first northeast outdoor Super Bowl since the game started more than four decades ago, the odds are it will be the last of its kind.

As Commissioner Roger Goodell stated — truthfully, I might add (more on that later) — the Super Bowl is a week-long event and the VIPs, sponsors and fans want as much warm weather and easy travel as possible.

There’s a reason why almost everyone agrees that New Orleans is the best location for Super Bowls. The media center is easily accessible to all the major hotels and Bourbon Street is within walking distance.

Sure, the city is dirty. But we can withstand the century’s worth of “gunk” on the streets and sidewalks of Bourbon Street because the place is fun.

Foxboro and Boston would be a disaster.

Everybody would be spread out, from Westboro, to Lawrence, to Woburn, to Peabody to every other town 30-plus miles away from the action.

And while Boston is a great city to “check out,” for the Super Bowl parties, it would be too congested. Never mind too cold.

I get it. It would be nice to host the biggest sporting event in the world. But we don’t have the resources or hotel rooms close enough to the action, to handle it.

Forget about hosting a Super Bowl. Focus on playing in many of them. The latter is much more fun, I’m told.

NFL tells white lies

Does Goodell really think anybody believes his, “We’re moving the date of the NFL Draft to May” because of some scheduling conflict with Radio City Music Hall?

The NFL needs a marquee event in May, they believe, and the draft is it.

The NFL Draft has taken on a life of its own and has created a new animal in terms of interest and programing for the NFL Network.

It’s like his comments about the NFL’s preseason game scam, in which he said “NFL fans don’t want four preseason games.” Sure, that part is right. Those games are joke.

But the “white lie” comes in when he says the fans want those two exhibition games moved to the regular season, making 18 games. That’s false.

The NFL season is perfect at 16 games.

The preseason would be perfect with two games, but because franchises would lose revenue don’t count on it changing.