Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – As South Florida continues to ponder what will happen with both the Miami Dolphins and possible future Super Bowls in the area, other cities are seeing blood in the water and may jump at the chance to push Miami out of the Super Bowl rotation.
After the Sun Life Stadium renovation plan was killed in the Florida House by Speaker Will Weatherford, South Florida likely lost out on hosting Super Bowl L to San Francisco and Super Bowl LI to the city of Houston, both of which have newer stadiums to host the game.
According to the Denver Post, Miami’s going to get even more competition if it wants to host Super Bowl LII, LIII, or LIV. The Denver Broncos and the city of Denver are preparing a bid to host one of those games which will take place between 2018 and 2020, according to the Denver Post.
Miami’s problems started during Super Bowl XLI between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears. The skies opened up and soaked the fans and the players during the Super Bowl, which the NFL wasn’t happy about.
Still, the NFL has a problem moving forward starting this year. The Super Bowl will be played at the MetLife Stadium in New York City in early February. There’s a chance, just like there’s always a chance of rain in South Florida, that this year’s Super Bowl could deal with a snowstorm or worse.
If that happens, the NFL’s problems with the rain in South Florida would come into question.
Still, the NFL has backed itself into a corner with the Sun Life renovation plan. By threatening future Super Bowls if the renovations weren’t made, now that the renovations haven’t been made, the NFL has to keep its word and keep the Super Bowl away.
If the NFL doesn’t, as profootballtalk.com said, “if the owners relent and award additional Super Bowls to South Florida, the not-so-subtle ‘upgrade or else’ mandate will come off as hollow.”