New York Super Bowl Leaders Prepare Pitch to Owners

John Mara in The New York TImes, May 24, 2010

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IRVING, Tex. – Members of the New York Super Bowl bid committee planned to spend much of much of the day Monday rehearsing the presentation they will give to owners on Tuesday. New York is considered the heavy favorite to host the 2014 game over Tampa and South Florida. Each group is allotted 15 minutes to speak to the owners and the presentations often include videos. The Giants co-chairman John Mara – who gave the commencement address Monday at his alma mater, Fordham Law School – will speak during the presentation, as will the Jets’ owner, Woody Johnson.

“We’ll make sure we’ve done everything we can, that we’ve responded to all the questions asked by the league, that they understand all the venues, how we’re going to build in terms of how New York City is the greatest stage in the world to throw an event, so the greatest game in the world would come to the greatest stage in the world,” said Jonathan Tisch, the treasurer of the Giants and the co-chairman of the bid committee.

Tisch minimized how much of an issue weather will be during the bid process, repeating the bid’s contention that some of the greatest games in N.F.L. history have been played in difficult weather conditions and that the New York metro area would be able to handle inclement weather. He emphasized that the league will benefit from having the game in New York.

“They’re two great recognized brands and they need to come together for the Super Bowl in 2014,” Tisch said.