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 Lack of halftime show could be just one of many problems with cold-weather Super Bowl
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As you're no doubt aware, Super Bowl XLVIII is set to be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., which will make it the first intentionally cold-weather outdoor Super Bowl in NFL history. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said that the game is made to be played in the elements, and while that's true, there are all sorts of complications when it comes to a specific game that is as much a corporate outing and media crush as it is a football contest.

One such complication: There may not be a halftime show next year. As Josh Margolin of the New York Post reports, one source close to the situation believes that the logistics of setting up a stage and pulling a show off in a short space of time would be nearly impossible under inclement conditions.

NFL PR man Brian McCarthy has already shot down the report, insisting that there will be a halftime show, but that's pretty easy to do when reality is still a year away.

Its not only the acts and the singers but [also] the crews that have to put the stage together," the source told Margolin. "You know, the a.ssembly has to be done a certain way. Its choreographed and rehearsed so it can be a.ssembled and disassembled as fast as possible. And you just cant a.ssemble the stage and break it down fast enough in the cold.

And if you thought the 34-minute Superdome blackout in Super Bowl XLVII was bad, imagine something along the lines of what happened when Syracuse and USC tussled at MetLife last September: Storms delayed the game nearly 90 minutes, and fans were asked to seek shelter inside the corridors when a lightning storm hit. Not what the NFL wants after last Sunday's blackout

Regarding the halftime show, the NFL has a few options here. They could do a major concert near the venue earlier in the week, or some sort of video presentation when halftime starts. But the potential lack of halftime festivities is just one issue, and given the amount of planning that has to go into making the game week glitch-free under the best possible circumstances, some in the league are starting to wonder if this was a good idea at all. Once source told Margolin that the NFL is "freaking out" over the possible negative outcomes, and as much as Goodell likes to think of himself as all-powerful, he hasn't yet figured out a way to control the weather.

And that brings up the ultimate "doomsday" question: What if the New York/New Jersey area is hit with a major snow or ice storm as the game week gets underway? If 2012 was a bad year for Goodell (and it most certainly was), putting the Super Bowl in doubt for even a minute might be the ultimate black mark. As one source posited to Margolin:

How do you cancel a Super Bowl or postpone it? Who decides? When? How do they decide? Will it be the next day, the next week? What if the teams cant get there? What if the George Washington Bridge is shut down?


Good questions all, and given Goodell's usual "ready-fire-aim" stance on things, it's an even bet that these issues will not be properly dealt with until it's too late. We can but wait and see whether the lack of a halftime show is the biggest problem the NFL will face in Feb. 2014.

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imagenobody cares about a halftime show

imagestill waiting for a super bowl in DC or B-more area
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only people i saw that cared about the halftime show were girls
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Then don't have a halftime show

Tied if these indoor super bowls like its arena football. Football was meant to be played outdoors in any weather
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Halftime show has been fu*king trash anyways.
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The NFL already came out and said there definitely will be a half time show.
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get rid of these stupid performances period
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They need to have SB in Pittsburgh. sh*t would be crazy
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philly337 said:
Then don't have a halftime show

Tied if these indoor super bowls like its arena football. Football was meant to be played outdoors in any weather
SB is supposed to be on a level-playing field

West coast team traveling to the east in the cold with possible snow is not fair and makes for a weak game

Domes or warm weather
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Im Soo Special said:
SB is supposed to be on a level-playing field

West coast team traveling to the east in the cold with possible snow is not fair and makes for a weak game

Domes or warm weather


so east coast teams like NYG are spose to go to warm weather area and play the superbowl?



goes both ways.

football is an outside sport. fu*k the domes.
if they dont wanna play in the cold, they should find a new sport or shorten the season to 10 games.
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fukk a show...its a damn football game
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NQBATHRQQMPIC said:

still waiting for a super bowl in DC or B-more area





ur joking right?
in dc?

did u not see how sh*t that field was?
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WillieMaysHayes said:



ur joking right?
in dc?

did u not see how sh*t that field was?
i know the NFL said they not going to fix the field they being cheap but they cant afford RGIII to get hurt again

i remember years ago green bay old field was more worse than fed ex field. clumps of turf was coming off the players cleats i was like
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Maybe they should of thought twice about havin it up there then
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Ratings for the Super Bowl will drop



good. Make this centered more around the game and not the damn commercials and performances.
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