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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Tisch on XLVIII weather: 'It could be great'

By Mike Rodak | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- With a little more than eight months until the New York City area hosts the NFL's first cold-weather Super Bowl, New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch discussed the region's preparations at the NFL spring meetings on Tuesday.

"I would like a cold, blue sky, great, sort of beautiful New York/New Jersey evening," Tisch said. "I think it could be great."

Yet that sort of weather is far from a sure bet in February, and Tisch noted that other owners with teams in cold-weather cities will be closely watching how New York handles Super Bowl XLVIII.

"I think we're going to be ready for any contingency," Tisch said. "The one thing that I think would hurt us is a serious midweek blizzard."

One of the hurdles facing the league is planning for the game with an outgoing New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg, who will be replaced in office by February.

"The challenge of an outgoing mayor in New York is something we have to deal with and work with," Tisch said. "Bloomberg won't be mayor Super Bowl week. So we have been talking to the potential mayoral candidates, bringing them up to date."

Beyond needing to play the field in the mayoral election, Tisch noted the NFL also has to coordinate the event between two states and numerous agencies.

"Both states are cooperating. There's a lot to organize, a lot of coordination. State agencies and city agencies have to agree to agree," Tisch said. "The city is going to be ready. I think the fans are going to be into it. I think it's going to build even more towards the kickoff and really the first cold-weather Super Bowl ever."

Tisch spoke Tuesday against a backdrop of heavy fog on Boston Harbor, a reminder that weather in the Northeast does not always cooperate, even in late spring.

"It's tough to predict the weather in May," Tisch joked. "But [February's weather] is going to become a preoccupation once we get into the football season."