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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
NFL: Irsay's arrest won't impact 2018 bid

By Mike Wells

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has meant so much to the organization and city over the years.

But his arrest late Sunday night comes at a time when Indianapolis is trying to land the 2018 Super Bowl. Indianapolis is in the running with Minneapolis and New Orleans for the Super Bowl.

Irsay faces four preliminary counts of felony possession of a controlled substance.

"It will not impact the bid process," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. "The NFL owners vote individually on the award of a Super Bowl after evaluating the presentations of each competing city."

There's an NFL owners meeting in Orlando, Fla., next week. They'll meet again in May to vote on which city will host the Super Bowl in 2018.

Indianapolis hosted the 2012 Super Bowl at Lucas Oil Stadium. The city got high marks for how well it hosted the event that ended with the New York Giants beating the New England Patriots.

Allison Melangton, president of Indiana Sports Corp. and the head of Indy's Host Committee for 2012 Super Bowl, issued a statement.

"Jim Irsay has created one of the best franchises in the NFL," she said in the statement. "He and the franchise have made immeasurable contributions to the City of Indianapolis and State of Indiana. We don't have any detailed information about the incident and it would not be appropriate to comment on this further."