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January 31, 2014

Super Bowl weather forecast will be watched closely by other cities hoping to host



"I think it was really specific to New York," Murphy said. "I think it was coming out of 9/11 and wanting to really do something special for New York. It was a brand-new stadium with two teams [the Giants and New York Jets] in it. I anticipate it will probably not set a precedent."

One top NFL official, Eric Grubman, said he believes there currently is "no prevailing view" within the league on that topic.

"Different people can have different views at the staff level, the [league] executive level, the ownership level," said Grubman, the league's executive vice president of NFL ventures and business operations. "There are some unique aspects to this bid. It's the largest media center. It's one of the largest business centers in the world. It's a tri-state area. There are two teams in one stadium. There are other people looking at this and saying, 'We want to see how this comes out.' I think the owners are definitely evaluating how this goes, how our fans like it, how our [business] partners like it. It's not just the weather. There are a lot of aspects unique to this market."

The logistics to a Super Bowl in the New York area are tricky, with the teams staying in New Jersey and the media based at Times Square in Manhattan. Yet Grubman said he's "very confident" those logistics will be managed seamlessly for the teams, media members and fans.

"We've gotten the buy-in of the New York and New Jersey authorities and New York and New Jersey law enforcement," Grubman said. "They're used to putting on giant events. I think people are going to be able to get around, get to where they want to go and enjoy themselves."

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