- Calvin Watkins, ESPN Staff Writer
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Let's be honest, the historic winter storms that hit North Texas for Super Bowl XLV didn't leave a good impression with people that visited the area in 2011 for the Green Bay Packers-Pittsburgh Steelers contest.
On the day of the game at Cowboys Stadium, the weather was beautiful -- clear skies, not a storm cloud in the sky -- but the seating fiasco caused embarrassment and brought on a lawsuit. It raised serious questions about North Texas' chances at hosting another Super Bowl, much less Super Bowl L. Of course, North Texas can because XLV was deemed a financial success.
Fast forward to what's happening in Miami.
The Florida Speaker of the House blocked a bill giving the citizens of Miami-Dade County the ability to vote on public funding of upgrades to Sun Life Stadium.
It appears doubtful that Miami is going to be awarded one of the two upcoming Super Bowls -- L and LI -- that don't yet have a site.
Where does this leave North Texas?
Miami was poised to submit a bid for one of these two title games, but it appears Santa Clara, Calif., and Houston, are in position to get Super Bowl L and LI. With Miami having funding troubles for upgrades, maybe North Texas moves ahead of Miami for future games.
Cowboys Stadium is hosting the Final Four, college football's national title game and other major events. The seating issue seems forgotten, and maybe North Texas is back in play as a major player in hosting Super Bowls.
NFL owners will vote on May 21 on who gets Super Bowl L and LI, and North Texas isn't in the mix right now. But future NFL title games will have to seriously consider North Texas, especially with Miami having issues.