New Orleans doesn’t win Super Bowl bid, Drew Brees says new stadium needed, Facebook freaks out

Minneapolis was awarded the 2018 Super Bowl on Tuesday, and I thought about posting, but you know, somebody is always awarded the Super Bowl, and Minneapolis will have a new stadium with a roof, so sure, why not? The only bit of news that seemed particularly relevant to this site was this note about the runner-up in the bidding, New Orleans:

New Orleans had been 10-for-10 when it bid on the Super Bowl. The city will be celebrating its 300th birthday in 2018. But, it plays in an old stadium, the Superdome. Feel free to wonder when the next pitch for public funds for a new stadium in New Orleans will come.

If you had your money on “two days from now, by Saints quarterback Drew Brees,” you’re a winner!

At a charity softball event Drew Brees inserted himself in a debate about whether the city of New Orleans “needs” a new sports stadium.  His comments came a few days after New Orleans lost a bid for the 2018 Super Bowl.  Minneapolis, with its emphasis on having a new football stadium, won the bid.

“Listen, the league wants to encourage new stadiums to be built.  This motivates and incentivizes cities, especially the small market teams, to pass legislation and approve bills that end up funding those types of stadiums,” said Brees.

WWL-TV then followed up this vague but incendiary comment by an NFL player who probably was just trying to answer a question that had been put to him with a bunch of quotes from Facebook comments, because modern journalism, people. (For the record, both Debbie Hall Perrone and Judy Clasen Sinnott think that New Orleans doesn’t need a new stadium.)

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio, meanwhile, who thinks that everybody needs a new stadium, says the selection of Minneapolis tells cities, “If you’ll be going up against a city with a new stadium built in part by taxpayer dollars, don’t bother.” Which could lead to future Super Bowl bids that “suddenly won’t be as good as they otherwise would be,” because cities without new stadiums won’t bother. Which is a nice bookend to Florio’s February column that holding cold-weather Super Bowls in cities with new stadiums will encourage more cities to build new stadiums, then bid. Just so long as somebody is being arm-twisted into something that can generate clicks, both the NFL and the sports media are happy, so it’s all good.

21 comments on “New Orleans doesn’t win Super Bowl bid, Drew Brees says new stadium needed, Facebook freaks out

  1. I think you’re being unfair to Brees. The headline could be read as “new stadium needed” for New Orleans. It seemed clear he was saying that Minny only won the vid because of its new stadium, which is obviously correct.

  2. Satisfying this constant sense of entitlement to public resources to build football stadiums is enabling the addicts. I feel like Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatters of the world are running things.

  3. Ben, exactly. The Superdome just got a super bowl recently as a “reward” for spending millions basically gutting the place and rebuilding it. Now it’s Minnesota’s turn to be “rewarded” for building a new stadium. Eventually it’ll come back to New Orleans and Miami when they run out of cold weather cities they promised Super Bowls for new stadiums during this round of stadium building.

  4. I have to admit, though it won’t likely make the city any net money, it may well put Minneapolis on the map for a lot of people (as in, I know it’s a cold place up north in the hat of the baker, but have never traveled there and couldn’t point to it on a blank outline of the state).

  5. Forbes has Tom Benson’s net worth at $1.5 billion. If the Saints do need a new stadium he could probably afford to pay for it.

  6. Not just new stadium, but new and really expensive stadiums. Somehow, I don’t see the Super Bowl going to Pittsburgh or Denver anytime soon; but as those stadium are more than 5 years old, I guess they don’t count as new anymore.

  7. @ChefJoe:

    Do you realize Minneapolis is one of only 12 cities in the US that has one of each of the major pro sports franchises in the city?? And home to at least 12 Fortune 500 companies? OK it’s cold. And Midwestern. And maybe a bit bland. But they is good people. [ :) ]

    It’s the 15th largest metro area in the country and and is already “on the map”

  8. Jason, I remember when the I-35? bridge in Minneapolis collapsed and killed13? people while all the politicians seemed to be focusing on building a new stadium.

  9. @Neil: She did indeed, play a part!

    I remember that too, although one is not necessarily connected to the other. Not to get all political here, but since then there have been HUNDREDS of bridges that have been cited by Obama’s infrastructure team as needing repairs. So that’s kind of a federal thing.
    But yes, there are SEVERAL things (education, homelessness) that various municipalities need to worry about more than new stadiums…

  10. Oh are all wrong. It was the now defunct Minnesota Territorial Legislature that put Minneapolis on the map. Everyone else including, Prince, is just trying to take credit for their work.

  11. /sarcasm “Oh New Orleans didn’t get the Super Bowl?? What a stinking shithole that town is now because of it! How DARE they not bow down to the almighty NFL & its relentless demands on brand new stadiums! **heavy mouth breathing** You must now dump every penny & steal the food from every Louisiana child’s mouth to fund this new Saints stadium that the city of New Orleans is ENTITLED TO! This grave injustice must be avenged!! Sports is the most important thing EVER!” /end sarcasm
    I’d partially blame Facebook but it’s the people on Facebook that are the problem & is merely reflecting society.

  12. I do not have a problem with Drew Brees’s comments, he just said that the league wants cities to build bigger and better stadiums, he did not say that these stadiums are necessary.

    I would love to see the city council of the various second level cities (I am referring to size) and put an embargo on financing new stadiums either directly or indirectly. I think it is nothing but a form of theft for these cities to both waive property taxes and provide directly funding to the NFL. I have my dreams.

  13. Superbowl is all hype and brings in maybe a third of whats projected. We just had it here in Nj/Ny and residents thought they were going to rent there home for thousands for the week that didnt happen and there was plenty of hotel rooms leading up to the game. NJ transit lost 5 million on gameday the cities forfeit all tax revenue for anything the NFL is responsible for Hotel room,parking Etc so to spend anything to get a superbowl is crazy and lets rememer Indy just built a palace and got only 1 superbowl.

  14. How much public stadium cash can a city of 343,000 really generate? Hmm, we may have to enslave everyone in New Orleans under 25 or so to get this built, get them making bricks out of mud and straw with their feet or something. I saw it in a movie once and well, it just makes sense. Our own pharoah, Roger Goodell, will surely know how to crack the whip and we’ll git er done, just like always!

    • Maybe the Onion isn’t that far off:

      “St. Louis Rams Threaten To Leave Town Unless Taxpayers Personally Build Stadium With Bare Hands”

      Usually when reminded about the Rams I feel saddened again that they left, but this story makes me feel better that my city got off the hamster wheel of subsidizing the NFL.

  15. It looks to me as though Brees’ comments are being taken a little out of context too. One can certainly argue that given his public figure/icon status in certain areas, he might want to keep his business opinions private, but then, it is a free country (for the most part).

    Chefjoe: Not to pile on here… and I do accept your point regarding the nature of ‘the marketing of Minneapolis’… but I’d suggest spending $1Bn on a public stadium so people know where it’s host city is is a very poor way to promote geography study in public schools. One tenth that amount pumped into the public education system in this country would produce not only the desired benefits in geography understanding, but countless real spinoff benefits for the taxpayers and future pension/social security recipients. It’s unlikely that a $1bn stadium that will be up for replacement in 20-25 years (possibly less) can generate any net monetary benefit beyond that to the Wilfs and the NFL (as you noted).

  16. Far be it from me to advocate that cities gut their funding to recruit the superbowl (woohoo, Abilene, Kansas for the next summer Olympics!), but the deal is done already. It’s on the map for me now (I’m a bit young for MT Moore) as Neil’s post about it actually prompted me to look up where Minneapolis is on the map.

  17. Since the Minneapolis Lakers were the only major league team that had Minneapolis in their name, and they left a half a century ago to LA, I hear by declare that Minneapolis “is not on the map.”