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NFL making Super Bowl contingency plans

02/11/2013 2:39 PM ET
By Matt Hughes

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (r.) and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg address next year's Super Bowl.(AP)
The NFL is working on a comprehensive contingency plan for next year's Super Bowl. The game will be hosted in the New York/New Jersey market at MetLife Stadium, where cold-weather could be a factor.

The Sports Business Journal is reporting the NFL is considering options for re-scheduling the game if weather conditions force the league's hand. Options include delaying the game for a few days or possibly moving the game up one day to Saturday. Re-scheduling the game creates challenges for fans that will need to alter their travel arrangements, including flight and hotel reservations.

Hosting the game in the New York media market is creating unprecedented buzz for the NFL. The league is anticipating high demand for tickets and hospitality, with some sponsors predicting record prices. Media presence during Super Bowl week is also expected to be greater than normal. Fox Sports holds the TV rights to next year's Super Bowl.

The Super Bowl is traditionally held in warm-weather cities or cities that have an indoor stadium like Indianapolis in 2012. Hosting an outdoor game in New York/New Jersey will be a test case for future cold-weather games.

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