NFL owners always sit in the same place at every meeting. And they often sit by friends and allies. But the Colts aren't seeing as many allies as usual, as neighbors Minnesota and New Orleans also vie for the 2018 Super Bowl.
The bidding for the Super Bowl has become so hyper competitive, cities have become super secretive about their bids. Indianapolis officials on Monday are promising to unveil one of their secret weapons in the city's bid to win the 2018 game.
As part of a 13-month long project, Verizon Wireless installed more than 200 antennas to improve cell phone service at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. While the system went live May 10, the big test will be May 25.
MainGate will operate 34 Super Bowl stores in New York and New Jersey around the clock, and Lids has brokered a deal with the NFL and Macy's to run the biggest Super Bowl store ever. League officials think merchandise sales at this year's Super Bowl could top $50 million.
Indianapolis utilized 8,500 volunteers to host the 2012 Super Bowl. Not one of them got a penny for their time and effort. That might not be the case if Indianapolis wins its bid to host the Super Bowl in 2018 or any other year.