Thursday, February 3, 2011

Future Super Bowls?

“With north Texas hosting its first Super Bowl ever this year, the weather is causing concern among many local officials. The Dallas Morning News is already speculating whether the ice will affect any chances at Arlington getting any Super Bowls in the immediate future.” I don’t think the bad weather should affect future decisions on whether Super Bowl will be played in Arlington again. Bad weather can happen almost anywhere, and Texas was prepared for it. There was a plan B the whole time. We all know how volatile Texas weather can be. In the past, Super Bowl games have been played in Minneapolis, Detroit, and Pontiac where temperatures and weather have been as bad as the weather we have had for the past three days. What really matters most it the number of fans attending the games. The record attendance so far is in Pasadena, California with 103,985 people. The Super Bowl at Cowboy Stadium may surpass this record attendance. The Super Bowl has been in Tampa, Florida the most times, but attendance was only around 73,000 people. Doesn’t the NFL care more about profits? Won’t they make more money with higher attendance? And if so, who cares what the weather is like as long as players and fans are in an indoor stadium.

6 comments:

  1. What are the economic impact of such decisions? Why is it important to the NFL or the city that hosts it?

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  2. Do you think the ticket sales is the biggest source of revenue for the NFL? What else could it be and how does this impact their decision of where to "host" the Super Bowl?

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  3. I feel like the weather had a very strong effect on the NFL. I've seen it on the news all week about how store owners bought a surplus of merchandise to sell, but due to the weather there was a strong lack of customers showing up to the stores. The NFL makes a lot of money off the merchandise they produce, and if people don't go buy the merchandise the NFL is going to lose a lot of money due to all the money they spend on producing the merchandise. During Super Bowl week it is especially crucila that they sell most of their merchandise, since they spend so much money producing a surplus of all of their merchandise.

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  4. To Smith:
    Ticket sales are a huge part of the NFL’s revenue, but even bigger than that is probably money that is made on TV commercials during the game. The NFL also makes money on the NFL Experience that they held at the Dallas Convention Center, and food and beverage sales at Cowboy Stadium on the big day. So a factor in their decision on where to host the Super Bowl is where can they have the highest ticket sales (largest stadium) and sell a huge amount of stuff on game day. Commercials are unaffected by what city is hosting the Super Bowl.

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  5. To Curt:
    I don’t think the bad weather this week has any affect on profits made by the NFL. They still profit from 100,000 plus ticket sales. Merchandise sold is such a small percentage of their profits. Plus, if merchandise wasn’t sold during the worst weather days, then those people that wanted jerseys etc. probably bought them when the weather improved. I would also assume that the NFL’s biggest sales day will be on game day which will be unaffected by the bad weather we had. I do think some of the businesses that were counting on high sales this week were affected by the bad weather, just not the NFL.

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  6. The only thing that the weather conditions affected is the economy of North Texas. I think that most business were expecting to be swamped all week and turned up short of that due to the weather. The NFL saying that it was a mistake and all is kind of ridiculous. The SuperBowl next year is to play in Indianapolis. Do they know how cold it gets there? My parents grew up there and they can say that it is way worse than anything we had this week. The NFL still got all the revenue they wanted and the bonuses of hosting such a huge event like the SuperBowl. And better yet, the actual day of the SuperBowl was great weather.

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