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NFL Promises To Give Indy Another Super Bowl If 2011 Season Is Canceled

The NFL wants this year’s Super Bowl to go smoothly. Five months after the ticket debacle in Texas, NFL senior vice president Frank Supovitz came to Indianapolis to examine the Super Bowl host committee’s plan. He left town with the impression that things are on track and ready to go despite the uncertainties the lockout poses to the game scheduled for February 5th.

“I think any good business or brand wants to put their customers first, and it’s something we began to talk about immediately” after the last Super Bowl, he said. “There were some well-documented cases about serving our fans well in Dallas, so that’s what this is really about.”

As NFL owners and players continued negotiations Wednesday, Supovitz continued to insist that the league expected the game to be played on time. If it is canceled, something that has never happened, Supovitz said publicly for the first time that Indy would be assured of getting another Super Bowl if the city wants it, and he said it could also be pushed back a week if the season gets off to a late start.

“We have contingency plans on top of contingency plans, as the commissioner has said,” Supovitz said. “Actually, we had a contingency built into the bid. So there is flexibility to hold the game on Feb. 12, if necessary. In terms of additional contingencies, Indianapolis would be able to host the Super Bowl as soon as possible in an unoccupied year.”

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