“We’re going to celebrate the game here, we’re going to celebrate the weather and we’re going to make it a great experience. Football is made to be played in the elements.”
-Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the NFL
Just when some sportsbook bettors were beginning to think the game was losing some of its toughness, the NFL will throw a new challenge at the men on the field: Cold.
Next year, the league will offer YouWager’s NFL football betting fans an entirely new twist on the Super Bowl. For the first time ever, it will be played outdoors in a cold weather city. That’s right, snow may even be a factor in the biggest game of the 2013 NFL wagering season, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the home of the New York Giants and the New York Jets.
Why? As one NFL expert at YouWager is find of saying, “If you really want to know the story, follow the money.”
Early projections show the 2014 Super Bowl could generate as much as $600 million on both sides of the Hudson River. Pre-game parties are already being planned. Remarking on the multiple events and tie-ins, Governor Chris Christie told a YouWager news source, “We’re getting a good share of the economic activity.”
The online betting community would not be surprised to hear that revenue from gambling could be a factor, too. However, there’s a catch. Many NFL fans in New Jersey are pushing for a legalized form of wagering on the game there in the Garden State, at the nearby racetrack. Last year, Governor Christie signed a sports betting bill so that it could become a new law. But the National Football League and other sports organizations are suing to prevent this from happening.
Along with the possibility of on-site betting, events at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey will range from tailgate parties on closed down streets, to a four-day festival. Not to be outdone, New York City will shut down Broadway, from West 34th street to West 44th street from January 29th to the 1st of February. The free ‘Super Bowl Boulevard celebration will include appearances by players, clinics, and a giant 36-foot high to a four-day festival that will shut down 10 blocks of Broadway.
NFL Commissioner Goodell promises the league will be ready for low temperatures, ice, and even snow, if need be, on February 2nd, 2014. Woody Johnson, the owner of the New York Jets admitted to YouWager’s source, “This is going to be challenging. But it’s going to be a lot of fun. We have to welcome this weather, and we will.”
Last year, New York City attracted nearly 52 million visitors last year. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, “I think New York City is already the nation’s Super Bowl champion of tourism.”