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McCaskey in favor of New York Super Bowl.

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Bears chairman Mike McCaskey said holding the 2014 Super Bowl in New York will be a boon for the NFL.

"It's very exciting, I think, that we're playing the Super Bowl in New York/New Jersey," said McCaskey, who presided over the vote at the NFL owners' meetings in Irving, Texas, on Tuesday. "It will be terrific for the NFL."

Team president Ted Phillips agreed.

"It's hard to say," Phillips said when asked if other cold-weather sites might be considered. "Personally, I would look at it as more of a unique opportunity but that doesn't prevent anybody from applying if they meet all the qualifications."

Many thought owners would extend the new overtime rule that was passed for the playoffs for the regular season. Although the subject came up, McCaskey said no vote was taken.

"It was pitched as let's address the most pressing problem, which is you don't want somebody's season to end prematurely without giving them the chance to score if it's an overtime situation," he said. "It's a little tricky to all of a sudden say we want to do it for the regular season. Teams want to reflect on it and see what happens in the playoffs with it."

Phillips said the Bears were still mulling the idea of extending the overtime rule.

"We want to talk about it a little bit more internally and at the meeting," Phillips said. "We really haven't decided yet."

He said having one rule for both the regular season and postseason has advantages.

"It's an issue," he said. "You have to weigh the consistency issue. Do you want to have a consistent rule for playoffs and regular season?"

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I can see it already. The year is 2014. It's 25 degrees at the Super Bowl. Jay Cutler is on vacation in Florida after another losing season, this time with Green Bay. Back in Jersey, Dan Lefevour completes a pass to Freddie Barnes for the win.

Northern, open-stadium owners like the idea of a SuperBowl in a northern, open-stadium.

I'd love to see SuperBowls in all stadiums.

Wonderful !! I hope it's 30 degrees and BLIZZARD conditions like the east coast had this past winter. I'm sure the NFL will have a truely entertaining half time show !

Not that I could ever afford to go to a Super Bowl game, but what a stupid idea. These owners are taking a page out of the politicians playbook. Love to see the Chargers and Saints play that year. Or any teams that thinks pass first and the run game is just a after thought.

And on Super Bowl Sunday there would be a snowstorm to end all snowstorms. Yep who'd want to spent big $$$ in the middle of winter to watch a championship game in warm weather? Nah lets have it in cold climate. Maybe since this is great idea try having the All Star game in a open out door stadium also.

What a bunch of girls. When was football ever meant to be a warm weather game? Your suppose to play it outside in the winter. We all go to games in chicago outside in the winter. So what if it is cold, if your to delicate for the weather stay home, real football fans will go to the game in your place. 'Its cold out, I am to delicate to be out in the cold." Yeah lets do everything indoors, why even watch the games, just stay home and play madden? You will be warm, and you can get whatever teams you want to play and get the outcome you desire. F##s.

By the way Hayes isn't there a requirment that in order to host the Super Bowl your stadium needs to seat 70 thousand.

I'm all for a Super Bowl outside, up north or on the east coast, and in the snow. Outside is where football is suppose to be played. I would also like to see a team like Minnesota build their new stadium so its outside on grass vs a dome inside on carpet pavement. A couple nice ones built as of late are FedEx field in Washington, and Lincoln Financial field in Philadelphia. Both field's are outside and on grass i.e. real football fields.

As far as the halftime show, give me a break, if you wanna see half the acts the NFL has been getting lately, just go to VH1 now GO BEARS!!

Another reason why McCaskey is a moron. Don't get me wrong, I don't think there is anything wrong with playing football in adverse conditions, it's the way football was meant to be played. But, the NFL has gone out of it's way for the better part of 40+ years to tell everyone that there needs to be a venue where weather is not a factor. Now all of a sudden, it gets tossed out the window? It was all about payback to the owners/cities that built these billion dollar stadiums. That alone should have been enough to piss McCaskey off. If they have as much pull in the NFL as some say they do, why didn't Tagliabue offer the same incentive to the Bears? And if there were ANY whispers back then of a cold weather, open air stadium getting a SB, then the Bear's and the City of Chicago were idiots for not having a capacity of at least 70,000 and had field turf installed. That is another reason why Soldier Field will never get a Super Bowl. It is widely known how bad the sod is after Thanksgiving. Could you imagine the embarrassment of having 100 park district employees running out on the field during timeouts stomping the turf back down?
I don't know how many of you have ever spent any "quality" time in either Boston or NYC, but, {And yes, I am biased, being from Chicago} in my opinion Chicago is by far a much prettier city than either of the other two. Times Square is night. During the day the streets around that area are dirty, smelly, and have no eye appeal. And Boston's traffic makes the Ryan, Ike, Kennedy, etc. look like the Autobahn. Not to mention food. Chicago has, once again, in my opinion, the best collection of restaurants in the US.
You keep being happy for NY/NJ, Mike. Meanwhile back at Halas Hall, the 3 stooges are in control.

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