Excerpt: "Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in 2014 is supposed to be historical. It will mark the first time in NFL history that a Super Bowl has been played in a cold weather stadium, and the first hosted at the home of the New York Jetsand New York Giants. Unfortunately, things have gotten off to a rocky start due to concerns over weather, the omission of the NFL Experience and, more recently, some political maneuvering courtesy of a group of New Jersey Mayors.
Michael Copley of The Record reports that a group of mayors from the Meadowlands District have threatened to prevent emergency services and police officers from working the event due, in large part, to lack of payment for previous municipality services unrelated to the Super Bowl itself.
"The stadium has done little to help offset any costs for the surrounding communities when larger events occur at the stadium," Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli said in a press release earlier this week. "With one of [the] world’s largest sporting events coming to the East Rutherford venue, there is little doubt that the mayors will be expecting a call that their services are needed. … The answer will be clear: don’t ask." Read more...