While some of us who are New Orleans Saints fans might still have problems with Roger Goodell’s actions last year in the bounty scandal, we thank the commissioner of the National Football League for his generous comments about the Crescent City’s hosting of Super Bowl XLVII.
Opening a meeting of team owners in Phoenix, Goodell said the power outage that caused the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to go partially dark during the Feb. 3 matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers will not have an effect on bringing the game back.
His comments, that New Orleans deserves another shot at a Super Bowl bid, are welcome backing for the tremendous efforts of the city and state to make the last bowl such a success.
Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation officials have said they’ll bid on the 2018 Super Bowl, which would coincide with the 300th anniversary of the city’s founding. The anniversary would be a wonderful occasion to showcase New Orleans’ and Louisiana’s recovery and future prospects.
But if it is good for the city and state, we note that it’s also good for the NFL, as New Orleans has shown that we have what it takes to make a great event happen.
Next year’s Super Bowl will be played in New Jersey with Arizona hosting in 2015. Super Bowl L in 2016 is expected to go to Miami or San Francisco, with the loser vying with Houston for the 2017 game.
We look forward to 2018 and the chance to show just how special that event can be.