NFL commissioner Roger Goodell addresses the media at Rose Theater in advance of Super Bowl XLVIII. Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Roger Goodell: Super Bowl needed in 'as many communities as possible'


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell makes $30 million per year, but whether he is earning that much money is certainly open to debate.

His press conference is a prime example of him being the master of many words without definition. He was vague in his delivery, though it was pretty clear that what he was saying had nothing to do with the Green Bay Packers.

He talked about the importance of Super Bowl XLVIII as being a watershed year for the NFL, especially while considering the future of the big game and which “communities” will be included in the conversation.

We know that the NFL is considering other northern cities in that discussion – Minnesota (which will have a dome in 2018), Indianapolis, Chicago and probably even Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington and the two teams vying for a world championship this Sunday – Denver and Seattle.

The number of hotel rooms and a complete infrastructure seem to be the criteria of most importance. Goodell says a city needs as many as 30,000 hotel rooms and the transportation setup to get people to and fro to the many events that occur during the Super Bowl week.

That means upscale hotel rooms that the beautiful people demand – we’re not talking Motel 6 here; it means escort and rental options; in some areas, it could mean high-speed rail systems that can move large numbers of people over the course of a short time period.

Count out Green Bay, folks, as much as I’ve touted the idea in the past. I’ve proposed ideas to lay the groundwork for a future Super Bowl at Lambeau Field, but it would take years to lay that kind of groundwork to even be considered. Wisconsin doesn’t have the leaders who would even drink the Kool-Aid to consider such a move. It would cost billions. Given the state’s economic condition, it just doesn’t seem reasonable, given Goodell’s criteria for making it happen.

As much as I would like to see things turn around – you know, the old “build it and they will come” mentality – I just don’t see it happening.

Green Bay will have to settle for Conference championships and playing Super Bowls on the road. It’s unfortunate, but listening to Goodell’s comments today, it’s pretty clear the league will be moving in other directions.

The closest we will get is Minnesota, Chicago or maybe Detroit. Just as long as those teams aren’t playing on their home field when those cities get a Super Bowl, I’ll be OK with that.

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