If the billionaires who own the NFL’s 32 teams held the Super Bowl in a town where they could pass a good time, the game would be in New Orleans every year.
But the NFL is a business, so sometimes its owners feel obliged to stage their grand event in sleepy towns like Indianapolis and Detroit.
New Orleans and Miami are tied for first place in terms of hosting the most super bowls, with 10 each. But the game comes through town less frequently these days. New Orleans hosted four Super Bowls in the 1970s, for example, but only two in this millennium.
Now, the NFL feels obliged to locate the big game in communities that build new stadiums. So New Orleans lost the 2018 game to Minneapolis and the 2019 game to Atlanta.
Collectively, those towns spent nearly $2.5 billion for stadiums they didn’t need — so at least they paid a high price for taking what is rightfully ours.
When the owners show up for Super Bowls LII and LIII, the stadiums will surely be spectacular. But icy winds will chill their bones, and even though their trousers are bulging with money, they’ll struggle to find a distinctive meal.
By then, they may come to their senses and bring the big game back to Poydras Street.