In June, Mayor Mitch Landrieu complained that City Hall netted just $500,000 when New Orleans hosted the 2013 Super Bowl because the city had to spend so much to ramp up city services compared with what it got in tax dollars.

Nevertheless, records show the city agreed to provide a similar level of service for the 2018 Super Bowl, including police, emergency personnel and enforcement against counterfeit goods, all at no cost to the National Football League.

It’s unclear how much that would have cost the city if it had been awarded the game. The Police Department budgeted $1.7 million “to ensure things go smoothly” for Super Bowl XLVII in 2013. In June 2013, Superintendent Ronal Serpas told the City Council that the department spent $600,000 in overtime alone during Super Bowl week.

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