Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Would The NFL Cancel The Super Bowl If...?

What if Pope John Paul II passes away this weekend? Would the NFL possibly postpone the Super Bowl in deference to the pontiff?

It would be hard to imagine the NFL commissioner, Paul Tagliabue staging the Super Bowl a week later even if the attention of the world is on Rome rather than Jacksonville. There are precendents for this sort of crossover of news and sports.

In 1963, the late commish of the NFL, Pete Rozelle, famously went forward with the week's games after the death of President John F. Kennedy. Conversely, Major League Baseball and the NFL both cancelled games after 9/11.