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What? More cold-weather Super Bowls possible

NEW YORK -- Super Bowl XLVIII is the first to be played outdoors in a cold-weather city, and it might not be the last.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell described the New York/New Jersey experience as "extraordinary" and "something that we're all going to look back (upon) as a very important time in our history."

Goodell acknowledged interest from other cold-weather cities, such as Denver and Washington, but stressed there are many factors involved in selecting a Super Bowl site.

"The ability to host a Super Bowl is (becoming) more and more complicated, more and more complex, because of the size of the event and the number of events," Goodell said Friday during his annual state-of-the-league address. "So the infrastructure's incredibly important. We're well over 30,000 hotel rooms needed even to host the Super Bowl. So there's some communities that may not even be able to do it. But we know the passion's there."

The next three Super Bowls are slated for Phoenix/Glendale, San Francisco/Santa Clara and Houston. Goodell would like "as many communities as possible" to be involved.

"It helps the NFL, it helps our fans and it helps grow our game," Goodell said.

ROGER THAT

Goodell touched on several other topics, including:

The delayed concussion settlement.

Goodell said the league's No. 1 priority is to "get the money in place so that we can help the players and their families if they need it." Judge Anita Brody recently rejected the settlement between the league and former players over concerns that it's insufficiently funded.

Centralized replay.

In the interest of "consistency" and "fairness," Goodell is in favor of bringing replay reviews in-house. He said the league's Competition Committee will consider that possibility before the next owners meeting.

Expanding the postseason.

Goodell said the league is "looking at the idea" of increasing the playoff field from 12 to 14 teams. "We think we can make the matchups more competitive towards the end of the season," Goodell said. "There will be more excitement, more memorable moments for our fans. That's something that attracts us."

Implementing a workplace code of conduct in light of the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin situation.

Goodell said he already has had discussions with outside parties, players and their union. "The No. 1 thing I hear, and the No. 1 thing that I believe, is we all need to get back to respect," Goodell said.

NOTES

Broncos coach John Fox and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll conducted a joint news conference during which Fox compared his in-season heart procedure to a sprained ankle. "What a stud," Carroll said. "Congratulations on that. That's really amazing." ... Both teams conducted their final practices. Between them, they listed 13 players as probable on the injury report. Broncos backup defensive tackle Sione Fua (calf) is doubtful.

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