Inside Slant: NFL spring meeting opens

May, 20, 2014
May 20
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NFL owners meetings typically feature more talk than action, but we're guaranteed of at least one bit of news out of Tuesday's one-day spring gathering in Atlanta. The site of Super Bowl LII, to be played in February 2018, will be awarded following presentations from the three finalists: New Orleans, Minnesota and Indianapolis.

Conventional wisdom makes New Orleans the heavy favorite; organizers plan to tie the game to the 300th anniversary of the city's founding. Minnesota is making its first presentation since breaking ground on a new stadium that will open in 2016. If it falls short Tuesday, it should be the favorite for Super Bowl LIII, which would be awarded next year.

The vote is tentatively scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET.

Here's a quick look at some of the other issues owners will discuss before adjourning Tuesday afternoon:
  • Expanded postseason: We looked at the issue in detail Monday. League executives will make a presentation on the possibilities, followed by discussion. Chances are owners will leave these meetings with a good idea of how they want to structure a 14-team playoff field, but it's not clear if a formal vote will be taken. An executive of the NFL Players Association said in March that the issue must be collectively bargained, and the league said at the time it would share a proposal when it has one. The change isn't likely to be implemented until 2015, so there is plenty of time to hash out the details.
  • Extra points: Owners have already approved a two-week preseason experiment to move extra points back to the 15-yard line following a season where only five extra points were missed. According to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio, owners will discuss a longer-term plan in Atlanta. As we noted earlier this offseason, moving back extra points to the 15- or even 20-yard line isn't likely to make any impact on coaching decisions.
  • HGH testing: The league wants to implement HGH tests on players but its discussions with the NFLPA have stalled out over the issue of appeals. The NFLPA is insisting on an appeals process that is independent of commissioner Roger Goodell and the league office. Owners should get an update Tuesday.
  • Miami stadium renovations: Owners will receive a report on a new, private financing plan to upgrade Sun Life Stadium. If it is secured and approved, Miami would re-enter the discussion as a future Super Bowl site.

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