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Super Bowl in Meadowlands? Jets in Mexico?

Posted by Eric Allen on February 6, 2010 – 1:41 pm

The Super Bowl will be played in Miami this weekend, but the Jets and their crosstown rivals the Giants would love to host the big game outside in wintry conditions come 2014. You can count NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as a big fan of the idea.

“The idea of playing in the elements is central to the way the game of football is played. I think being able to do that and celebrate the game of football in the number one market could have tremendous benefits to the league going forward,” said the commissioner in his annual State of the League Address on Friday.

Falling one step short of an appearance in Super Bowl XLIV, the Jets will surely have their sights set on Dallas and Super Bowl XLV once training camp opens up this summer.

But the Green & White could be headed south of Texas if the NFL once again decides to hold a regular-season game in Mexico. Quarterback Mark Sanchez is third-generation Mexican American, he’s quickly become one of the most popular players in the game, and the Jets would be a natural selection for Mexico if the NFL chooses to hold a regular-season game there in 2011 or beyond.

“We would love to get back to Mexico. And what has to happen is you have to develop the right formula, where it’s good for our partners in Mexico, it’s good for the NFL, and we can continue to grow the game in Mexico,” said Goodell. “We know that there are millions of fans not only in Mexico but the Hispanic fans we have here in the States. It continues to grow rapidly. We would love to get back there.”

But the 800-pound gorilla in the room right now for the league and its fans is labor unrest. Unless there’s a dramatic shift in the next few days and weeks, the NFL will have an uncapped season in 2010 and a murky horizon.

“We still have a lot of time and a lot of important opportunities here to structure something that makes sense for everybody. And as I said, we’re committed and we’re determined to do that,” Goodell said. “Our focus is on the immediate future. In the next 30 days or so, we’ll be going into an uncapped year if we are not successful. A lot of players will be affected by that. We’d like to see if something can get done.”

Last spring the owners opted out of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that was most recently extended in 2006. On a weekend that will feature teams from Indianapolis and New Orleans in the NFL’s title game, Goodell knows how important revenue sharing has been to his league.

“That has been at the core of our success, and the ownership repeatedly has looked at revenue sharing and improved on revenue sharing. I think that is something that they will continue to do as necessary,” he said. “As it relates to the salary cap and labor agreement, we want to make sure we get an agreement here that will allow us to continue to invest in the game and grow the game in a way in which everyone will benefit.”

According to Goodell, the owners had no choice but to try to get a new agreement because the players were raking in tremendous profits and there were losses on the other end.

“Right now the important number to focus on is since the 2006 agreement was struck, we have generated $3.6 billion in incremental revenue, additional revenue — $2.6 [billion] of that has gone to the players,” he said. “The owners are actually $200 million worse off than they were in 2006. So the system is not working for at least one side of the equation.”

There is growing fear that no labor agreement over the next 12 months will lead to a lockout. Union head DeMaurice Smith was asked this week how seriously he viewed the possibility of no football being played in 2011 and his answer of “On a scale of 1 to 10, it’s a 14” was rather ominous.

“The idea that ownership would be anxious for a work stoppage is absolutely false," Goodell said. "You don’t make money by shutting down your business. It’s a bad scenario for everybody. I can assure you the ownership and I believe the players, in talking to individual players, want to get an agreement and want to work to do that. We are currently committed to do that and I am right there at the forefront.”

Time’s ticking for everyone.

Commissioner Coda

â–  The NFL definitely wants to institute a change to its current four-game preseason setup, but any alterations will have to be agreed upon in a whole new CBA.

“The restructured season is something that we give a lot of consideration, for a variety of reasons," the commissioner said. "One isthe quality of what we do. I consistently hear from players and fans that the quality of our preseason is not up to NFL standards and that we need to fix that, we need to address that.”

â–  Preventing head injuries will continue to be part of the league’s agenda. Football is being played by enormous players at rates of speed that we’ve never seen before, so safety figures to remain paramount.

“I think concussions have been a major focus in the league for several years, and we need to make sure we continue to do what we can to make the game safer,” Goodell said. “And that deals with how we modify the rules and take certain techniques out of the game, how we use the better equipment to make sure that our players are safer, and what we can do to make sure that our coaches and our players understand the serious nature of these injuries, and that they get medical help as soon as an injury occurs.”

Shoutout from Another Current Saint, Former Jet

Randy Lange, newyorkjets.com‘s editor-in-chief, chatted with several members of the Saints and Colts in South Florida earlier this week, and one person a select few may remember from his days with the Jets is Doug Miller, New Orleans senior director of new media.

"The Jets provided me with 16 amazing and memorable years," said Miller, who rose to public relations director before accepting a great opportunity to head for the Bayou in 2006. "I’m forever grateful for the support I got from people like Frank Ramos, Steve Gutman, Bob Parente, Mr. Johnson and Mike Tannenbaum. I really enjoyed watching the Jets’ success this season and I still keep in touch with a lot of my friends there.

"And yes, the thought of a Jets-Saints Super Bowl crossed a few minds."

Maybe next year in Big D, Doug.

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25 Responses to “Super Bowl in Meadowlands? Jets in Mexico?”

  1. By Ira on Feb 6, 2010 | Reply

    I thik the SB being played @ the Meadowlands is a lock. The NFL will go for this because of the NFL having their offices in NYC, the new stadium and its about time that the SB is played in a cold weather spot. They play games all year in all different weather condtions and how great would it be sitting there on a snowy day like today watching the Jets win another SB.

  2. By Ira on Feb 6, 2010 | Reply

    Its time to get the real fans in the stadium. The ones that have supported their team for years and years. Not the people who are going to these SB’s just to be scene. ? if this years SB was being played in a cold ,snowy weather venue tomorrow how many people who have tickets would try to sell them or not go? I say at least half.

  3. By KevinFansince 67 on Feb 6, 2010 | Reply

    Didn’t see anything mentioned about those voted to Hall..Congrats to all. But how the heck did John Randle get in and not Joe Klecko. Please …give me a break. All Pro at 3 different positions…sack leader…voters are so blind. jet management must do a better job in bringing out Joe to the media and his accomplishments. Randle…couldn’t hold a feather to Klecko.

  4. By MIKE on Feb 7, 2010 | Reply

    Not sure if this can happen but, I would love to see Joey Porter with the Jets next year. His attitude an ability would suit a Rex Ryan D perfectly. Move Pace to LOLB and put Joey on ROLB. I think out sack #’s should climb without having to rush 5 or 6 players.

  5. By scjoe on Feb 7, 2010 | Reply

    To us, this is a sport, to the insiders it is a multi billion dollar business. That, is why you will never see a SB in a cold weather venue, just will not happen, in my opinion. But as for today’s SB? I like Indy to win big, maybe 38-21, somewhere in there. As for our Jets? Last year we knocked on the door, this year we will KICK IT DOWN! Randy and EA, keep that info flowing during the off season

  6. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Feb 7, 2010 | Reply

    Interesting that they’d actually see a cold-weather site as a plus, that’s certainly a new way of thinking. If it wasn’t one of those rainy, slushy days, it would be a thrill to see guys playing for the big one on a cold winter day. Don’t like the neglect of Klecko, either, and there are a few other Jets who should be there, too. But frankly my mind’s already on the draft and getting Asomugha!

  7. By carl on Feb 7, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Sanchez, take it all in while your down in Miami!! Because next year its gonna be your turn. Get that knee right!Good luck on your surgury! See ya in training camp!Way to go Saints! U da Champs a Da World!Enjoy cause the Jets r comin!!Go Jets!!!!

  8. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Feb 8, 2010 | Reply

    Guess the Super Bowl is more important than an undefeated season after all. But the Saints better celebrate while they can, we should’ve beaten them this year and we’ll beat them if we face them in the big one next year. Best part about the Saints winning: Not having to listen to Ranger 46 (or whatever he calls himself now) saying that only tall QBs can win the Super Bowl.

  9. By Ira on Feb 8, 2010 | Reply

    I thought the Colts secondary would be exposed vs the saints and it was. Congrats to the saints and Vilma, Goodwin and Miller. G Myers in todays paper a little early but it sounds could be Jets/Cowboys in next years SB. gary only got one thing wrong. The Jets would win not the Boys.

  10. By tampa jet on Feb 8, 2010 | Reply

    i believe the season is to long now.adding a regular season game would be to much.you need the preeseason to evaluate players and practice and timing.i would like the bi weeks to be week 7 /8 and 9 only.if you have to go to18 games go with 2 bi weeks per team,dont forget how tough the game is.

  11. By Mr. Green on Feb 8, 2010 | Reply

    After this weekend storms in Wash, Philly and NJ there is no way they will bring a SB to NJ. And Ira, Gary Meyers is just selling papers.

  12. By George on Feb 8, 2010 | Reply

    Playing a regular season game in Mexico
    would be another slap in the face of Jet seaso ticket
    holders. First the jump in ticket prices then the PSL’s
    add to that taking a home game away would not be
    a fan friedly move.

  13. By Mr. Green on Feb 9, 2010 | Reply

    EA if by some chance NY did get the SB would season PSL owners have first dibs on the tickets. If so how would they be distributed with 2 owners per seat (Jets & giants)

  14. By Anthony on Feb 9, 2010 | Reply

    You know what happens if the Superbowl comes to the meadownlands. Us the real fans will go watch the game not the corporate sponsors who usually get a huge amount of tickets. I would love to see it at the Meadowlands and to have the Jets playing there for the trophy..

  15. By Row on Feb 9, 2010 | Reply

    While I would love a superbowl played at the new stadium, the weather is the biggest factor. How would there have been a superbowl with the 20 plus inches of snow and sub zero temperatures? Sanchez was a flop this year and will be worse next year. A game in Mexico would be horrible for the real fans. Since no one can afford superbowl tickets anyway, why don’t they just play it in Hawaii? Go Jets

  16. By Eric Allen on Feb 9, 2010 | Reply

    Mr. Green, I don’t know the answer to that question. It’s a good one, but can we table it until we see if New Meadowlands Stadium does indeed get the nod to host the Super Bowl in 2014?

  17. By phil on Feb 10, 2010 | Reply

    SB in NY, in February, rediculous, people are not going to an un-domed stadium in mid winter!!!! the retractable roof would have been a good idea for a multiple of venues, circus, 4×4 shows, Dahli Llama visits, et al . . .

  18. By Mr. Green on Feb 10, 2010 | Reply

    Row, a flop is exaggerating . He had his ups & downs, but no way was he a flop. We got to the AFC championship game. Aside of getting to and winning the SB what more could you ask from a rookie QB.

  19. By Tom Spicer on Feb 10, 2010 | Reply

    Row aka Clueless Joe Is back Mark was a flop he broke multiple records would you like me to list them? He brought us to the AFC championship game. 2 of the 3 playoff games he ripped it up.

  20. By TMac on Feb 10, 2010 | Reply

    Sanchez led nobody anywhere! He is a statistical nightmare. If not for the defense, running game and Rex taking the reins (plus the colts and cincy taking it easy) the season would have been hanging around his neck like an old porkchop. (Game in Mexico..gotta love those “Mark”eting experts) as for rookie records; only fools play rookies. He did improve..but it still ain’t good enuf. Time will tell

  21. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Feb 10, 2010 | Reply

    Retractable roof for the new stadium is the best idea I see here by far, good one, Phil. The worst idea is Row venting his baffling anti-MS affect again. Guess he thinks KC could’ve done as well as MS did this year, despite showing almost nothing for several years. Guess he didn’t notice that MS actually kept us in the Colts game after all three of our main RBs went down to injuries this year.

  22. By Row on Feb 10, 2010 | Reply

    Both 4-12 seasons Pennington had better stats. What Mark did was stand in the pocket, never get hit, and continue to make the same mistakes. Less INT’s but he couldn’t make plays either. He was a publicity stunt that happened to not get completely crippled by the end of the season. Wow! I’m so impressed by his 11 and 22. Somehow every story ended up about him and none were about the deserving guys

  23. By Mr. Green on Feb 11, 2010 | Reply

    Row … For the record Chad only played in 3 games in 05 & 9 in 07 (4-12 seasons). So I doubt he had better stats both seasons. I’ll take this publicity stunt and run with it. If you don’t like Sanchez that much, don’t watch.

  24. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Feb 12, 2010 | Reply

    Our friend Row seems to be descending into a kneejerk anti-MS dementia that knows no rhyme or reason, let us pity him. Let us remember that MS said before the Colts game that he and his team isn’t about stats but about winning games, while Row tries to spin Chad and KC’s stats into some less-than-ludicrous argument that they’re the right QBs for this team. Let us remember that he’d rather run trick passing plays with Smith than groom a real QB. Let us go watch the Namath interview on MS instead.

  25. By Rafael on Feb 12, 2010 | Reply

    Congrats Jonnny V!! Loved Vilma when he was a Jet. Was very upset when they traded him, but he’s better suited in a 4-3, even though the Saints used a 3-4 i believe, forgot already.

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