NEW ORLEANS - The fact that the biggest sporting event of the year endured a 35-minute delay for a power outage would certainly be considered a problem.
There’s television concerns, fan concerns, security concerns and other issues.
But NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said it won’t affect the league’s decision-making about whether to hold future Super Bowls in New Orleans or in older stadiums like the Superdome.
“I don’t agree with that. Until we know what the cause was, I’m not sure we can draw that conclusion. But this is clearly something that can be fixed and it’s clearly something that we can prepare for. And we will,” Goodell said. “In the future, we’ll want to make sure that we do everything possible to avoid this once we’ve identified the cause.
“But to your core question, I do not think this will have an impact on future Super Bowls here in New Orleans. I fully expect we’ll be back here for Super Bowls, and I hope that’s the case. I hope we will be back here. We want to be back here.”
As Goodell said, the cause of the outage has not yet been determined.
“Let me reiterate again what an extraordinary job the city of New Orleans has done,” he said. “We’re going to be working to find out what actually caused the issue. They’re going through a process they call a ‘root cause analysis,’ which I could not explain to you, but we will do it. The most important thing is to make sure that people understand it was a fantastic week here.
“This will not affect the peoples’ view in the NFL about the success of the game here in New Orleans. We know that they have an interest in future Super Bowls and we look forward to evaluating that going forward. I do not think this will have any impact at all on what I think will be remembered as one of the great Super Bowl weeks. And, again, we thank the people of New Orleans for that.”
Goodell did say that the halftime show is not believed to be the cause of the blackout.
Next year’s Super Bowl will be held at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey and Goodell said measures are already being taken to make sure this doesn’t happen again.
“I’m smiling a little because one of the other guests that I was sitting with last night was (New Jersey Gov. Christopher) Christie. So yes, we’ve already had that conversation. He’s already hard to work on that,” Goodell said. “But I think that’s the issue. We always identify this as a potential concern, and it’s something that we always have to do proper steps to make sure we prepare for it.”