When it comes to Super Bowls and Chicago, the NFL will listen.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in his State of the NFL address on Friday that a number of issues go into a city hosting a Super Bowl beyond just the stadium, all criteria which Goodell assumes Chicago would meet.
So if Chicago is interested, we certainly will meet with them and discuss the ability to do that, Goodell said.
Goodell previously said that he could envision Indianapolis being granted a future Super Bowl after the so-far-successful hosting job being done by the city this week. February weather along the Chicago lakefront may be a dis-qualifier but if thats the case, the Commish wasnt saying.
What he was saying, however, is that you will see more NFL next season, as long as you have cable.
We have eight games currently on the NFL Network schedule, Goodell said. Were going to expand that to 13 games starting in the 2012 season. Were going to be playing Thursday night games from Week 2 to Week 15.
This will result in every team appearing in a Thursday football game and every team having a prime-time appearance throughout the season. We think thats great for the fans, we think its great for the teams, because everyone will get that prime-time exposure, and we think its great for the network.
The Bears likely wont mind some more Thursday night action. Their 85 season turned on a Thursday night in Minnesota.