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Goodell Says that the League is Still Committed to the Super Bowl in Indy

There seems to be more and more growing concern about the state of the Super Bowl in 2012, and if the league is going to stand by keeping it at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indy. The Indy Star today has comments from commissioner Roger Goodell about that, who says no matter what, it’s going to happen.

“I do feel strongly that we made a commitment to the city of Indianapolis,” Goodell responded when asked if the city might lose its Super Bowl if the labor situation forced cancellation of the 2011 season. “We look forward to being there. We look forward to playing in Indianapolis and we’ll stand behind that commitment.”

The 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee is operating under the assumption Super Bowl XLVI will go on as scheduled. Contingency plans are in place that would push the game to Feb. 12. However, in a worst-case scenario, it’s believed assurances have been given by the NFL to Indianapolis officials that the city would slide into the next open slot. That would be after the 2015 season. After Indianapolis, the next two Super Bowls already have been awarded to New Orleans in 2013 and New York/New Jersey in 2014.

“We have a great relationship and great cooperation from the city of Indianapolis,” Goodell said. “The hotels, the host committee, everybody has been terrific as we try to work through the (labor) process with the union.”

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