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FansNFL: NFL Spring Meetings

The NFL Owners’ Spring Meetings began today in Charlotte, but big news will be announced tomorrow.

Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans and Tampa are on the short list to host Super Bowl numbers LIII, LIV and LV to be played in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

This will fall in-line with recent history the National Football League has done awarding Super Bowls to cities with new stadiums.

Super Bowl LI will take place at NRG Stadium in Houston on Feb. 5, 2017. Minneapolis’ new U.S. Bank Stadium will host Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4, 2018.

After that, it is expected Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium will host Super Bowl LIII in 2019. Miami’s Sun Life Stadium is currently undergoing a $400 million renovation which most notably adds a roof covering the spectators. Miami is expected to host Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2, 2020. Considering the Rams’ move back to Los Angeles, their yet-to-be-built stadium in Inglewood will the probable host for Super Bowl LV in February 2021.

The owners are also expected to approve a few changes to replay, including the use of Microsoft Surface tablets on the sidelines to view replays instead of photographs. This would not be an officiating tool; however, replays would be available for players and coaches to aid in making in-game adjustments.

The Baltimore Ravens submitted a proposal that overhauls replay and allows more types of plays and penalties subjected to review. Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay said in March the NFL’s competition committee liked the Ravens’ idea of simplifying what plays can and can’t be reviewed. The Ravens’ proposal will be discussed during the meetings.

Also, the Raiders proposed move to Las Vegas will be on the table. Although it is not up for vote, the league owners will discuss the progress Raiders owner Mark Davis has made regarding securing sites and funding for the project.

 

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