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Sen. Schumer calls for New York Super Bowl

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York  

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, told National Football League team owners Monday they ought to consider relocating this season's Super Bowl from New Orleans, Louisiana, to Giants Stadium in suburban New York.

Schumer made the suggestion after Commissioner Paul Tagliabue asked the Super Bowl Policy Committee to alter the league's policy of holding the championship game only in cities with warm weather or a domed stadium.

Should the top gridiron match not prove feasible this season in the New York area, Schumer urged the Super Bowl Policy Committee to consider asking a host city named for a future season to cede it to the Big Apple and accept another date in the more distant future.

"I know that a location has already been chosen for every Super Bowl until 2007, but New York has suffered the devastating economic impact of September 11, both on behalf of the entire nation and worse than any other city in the nation," he wrote in a letter to the Super Bowl Committee.

In a statement Monday, Schumer cited unnamed marketing experts who predict that a "Super Bowl at Giants Stadium -- actually in New Jersey at the Meadowlands Sports Complex -- could exceed all previous records and generate over $400 million in total revenues for the N.Y.C. area."

Schumer told reporters, "New York would add just as much to the Super Bowl as the Super Bowl adds to New York."

This year's game is slated to be held in New Orleans February 3, a week later than originally planned.

After the attacks, the NFL postponed its second week of games. The new date lets the league complete its season without altering its playoff schedule.


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