Archive for Sunday, September 23, 2001

NFL commissioner: Super Bowl may be delayed a week, but expected to stay in New Orleans

September 23, 2001

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The Super Bowl may be delayed a week but would probably be kept in New Orleans, NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said Sunday.

The NFL postponed its second week of games after the terrorist attacks. It moved the games to the weekend of Jan. 5-7, which originally was scheduled for wild-card playoff games.

Aside from moving the Super Bowl to Feb. 3, the league has considered condensing full playoffs by using midweek games, or canceling the wild-card weekend, with only four teams making the playoffs in each conference.

"I think it is likely we can move the Super Bowl back a week, and hopefully it will be in New Orleans," Tagliabue said on CBS-TV's "The NFL Today." "We have strong support from everyone in New Orleans, and we would then be able to play our normal playoffs."

An automobile dealers convention is scheduled in New Orleans for the week following the current date of the Super Bowl, Jan. 27. The NFL has spoken with the auto dealers about switching dates.

Another option would be moving the Super Bowl to another city and playing it on Feb. 3. Miami; Tampa, Fla.; and Pasadena, Calif., have been contacted about that possibility.

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