All of those nine-to-fivers — who wish the Super Bowl was played on Saturday instead of Sunday — just might get their wish next February if Mother Nature has anything to say about it. Big Mama and the NFL, that is.
The NFL, in preparation of a winter storm during the 2014 New York/New Jersey Super Bowl, has laid out an "extensive contingency plan," according to a report in SportsBusiness Journal, to prevent a nor'easter like the recent Nemo storm from derailing the game at MetLife Stadium.
The league has gone as far as considering the possibility of playing the game on Saturday, Feb. 1, or even delaying its first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl several days if the weather forecast is ominous, said the report.
"We have to look at all the angles: storm arriving day-of-game, storm arriving prior to game, storm arriving after the game," said one source.
The Nemo storm — which hit the New York metro area just five days after Super Bowl XLVII was played in New Orleans — dumped from 11 to 28 inches of snow in the area and closed NJ/NY airports and some roads for days.
Moving the game to Saturday would cause massive logistical headaches for fans who spend big bucks on hotels and air travel — never mind the ones who planned to arrive on the original game day.
“You know it will be a lot cooler, but there will be a lot of people and transportation issues regardless,” said Jeff Miller, NFL vice president of security. “When you have a lot of moving parts and large crowds, you are moving on transportation systems already overloaded with daily commuters, so you’ve got some issues to deal with.”
Suddenly, that power outage in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome doesn't seem so bad after all.