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Doug Farrar
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Doug Farrar

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Focus On Economy, Parity

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There are two reasons why the locations of NFL games -- never mind the Super Bowl -- are so crucial. First, there is the team that has one of their home games lost to the trip to London. As close as the games generally are, and as tight as division races can be, it's a lot to ask for two teams to go through a transcontinental upheaval. For one of those teams to essentially have seven home games instead of eight? Well, that's just not cricket, as they say.

Second, there is the fact that Super Bowls can mean half a billion dollars for the economy of the host city. It is borderline inexcusable, in the face of a recession that has just about every corporation in the country (including the NFL) laying off workers left and right, to even think of taking that money out of the country.

Roger Goodell is certainly determined to make American Football the world's favorite sport, but taking the country's greatest sporting event and outsourcing it to places that see the game as a novelty cheapens the experience. There's little upside beyond the NFL's goal to force its product down the throats of an unsuspecting globe.

By Doug Farrar  |  May 22, 2009; 6:38 AM ET  | Category:  Doug Farrar , Super Bowl Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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