If Indy's 2012 Super Bowl killed, 2016 is likely make-up

February 8, 2010
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It would seem logical if an NFL labor strife would somehow inexplicably scuttle the entire 2011 season and 2012 Super Bowl set to be in Indianapolis, that the Circle City would simply get back in at the head of the line.

 Not so fast. And not so simple.

The 2013 Super Bowl has already been awarded to New Orleans. And Roger Goodell made it clear in an interview with ESPN Radio yesterday before the Super Bowl that the 2014 Super Bowl is going to be in either Arizona, Tampa or New York.

And if New York doesn’t get it in 2014, NFL sources have indicated the league’s biggest market will definitely get the game in 2015.

So 2015 would be the earliest Indianapolis would be put back in line, and likely not until 2016.

By that time, Lucas Oil Stadium will be seven or eight years old. Shoot, plans for a new football structure could be in blue print form by then.

The good news, I suppose, is that the economic impact for the Super Bowl—now estimated at $450 million—could be close to $1 billion by then.

All kidding aside, there’s little Indianapolis’ local host committee can do beyond crossing their fingers and praying. This is in the hands of NFL owners and the players union.

Given that the NFL has grown into an $8 billion industry, there’s reason to believe players and owners might be able to figure out a way to divide it amicably and make sure Indianapolis gets a few crumbs to boot.

March 5 is a critical date to get a deal done before the NFL heads into 2010 as a capless season. Some say if that happens, we’re all on a highway to labor strife hell.

Meanwhile, Goodell is preaching for patience while all this gets worked out.
If his optimism runs dry and a deal isn’t done soon, it may take more patients than local businesses anticipating an economic windfall in February, 2012 can stand to wait on.

To read more growing concerns over the 2011 season and 2012 Super Bowl, click here.


  • 2016
    If I'm counting right, 2016 would also be Superbowl 50. From a PR standpoint, it seems that the NFL would be considering returning to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for this milestone.

    Thoughts on this? What would be the next logical year - 2017??
  • First, people knock Indy for being a cold weather site for a SB, imagine watching an SB in a snow storm in ny? That is goofy.

    Second, LA Coliseum may not exist in 2016. no one has the money to maintain it and it is sitting on prime development land.

    Anthony, I saw a piece in all of the sb hoopla that Miami may not host another SB without adding a roof. That may be a topic you may want to blog about.
  • Roof over Miami???
    Indyman, I saw/heard the same thing you did about the roof over the stadium in Miami. I thought that was a real head scratcher. I know they use the roof quite often in Arizona. Makes you wonder if the end of outdoor football in the NFL is near. I'll look into this topic a little further, and let you all know what I find out.
  • Don't rely on spellchecker
    Patients is the plural of patient.
  • Spell Checker is Right
    Patients means people under medical care. "The patients in the hospital..."

    Patience is the quality of being patient; bearing annoyance, etc.
  • time to start demanding answers
    It's time for Mayor Ballard and Mark Miles to stand up and get some answers for the people footing the bill for this game. The Super Bowl is a great thing, but we can't let the NFL lead our city around by the nose. Miles and Ballard have been put in leadership roles, now lead.

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