Miami host committee chair says fix was in for Big Apple

South Florida has been the host for 10 previous Super Bowls, but those who put on the presentation for Super Bowl XLVIII are kicking mad they were not awarded an 11th for the 2014 game.

That distinction went to New York/New Jersey in a vote by NFL owners held Tuesday at the league meetings in Irving, Texas.

“The fix was in for New York,” Rodney Barreto, the head of the host committee told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “We threw $1 million extra on the table last night for game-day expenses. We could have put $10 million and it wouldn't have made a difference. We put an incredible presentation that clearly was head-and-shoulders above everyone.”

Many considered it a slam dunk that the Super Bowl would head to the Big Apple, and commissioner Roger Goodell championed the cause at various points. But if the fix was in for Broadway, why did it take four votes to determine a winner? There were at least nine clubs opposed to having the game in the new stadium the Giants and Jets will share. The third city in consideration was Tampa.

The NFL reportedly has asked that upgrades be made to the stadium so there isn’t a repeat of Super Bowl XLI when the Colts and Bears – and most of the fans -- were drenched. Those upgrades have not been made yet, and now Pandoras box is open for teams in cold-weather climates to seek their own Super Bowl provided they have a stadium that seats 70,000 or more.

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