Bloomberg gets a football victory without the stadium

Briefing: Bloomberg. (Kristen Artz, via flickr)
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the N.F.L. commissioner will announce later today plans for New York City to host Super Bowl XLVIII, according to the mayor's public schedule.

Early on in Bloomberg's tenure, he sought to host the Olympics, and made the bid contingent on the construction of a football stadium for the Jets on Manhattan's West Side. The stadium never got built, but the area was rezoned and is being developed.

This comes shortly after Governor Andrew Cuomo helped work out a deal to keep the Buffalo Bills from leaving the state, and city that could hardly sustain the economic and civic setback of losing the franchise.

New York City has a somewhat complicated relationship with its professional football teams. They're named the "New York Giants" and "New York Jets" but of course they play in New Jersey. 

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The city didn't need them to play here to claim the teams. And, apparently, it didn't need a football stadium to land a Super Bowl.

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