Saints News, 5/20/14: Minneapolis Awarded 2018 Super Bowl

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The NFL on Tuesday awarded the 2018 Super Bowl to Minneapolis. New Orleans and Indianapolis were the other two finalists. I wouldn't want to be a journalist covering that game in 2018. Minneapolis will probably be frozen solid in February of 2018, but the Super Bowl revenue will still help the city get back some of their massive cost for the new stadium they're currently building. In related news, Saints owner Tom Benson reportedly tripped and hit his head at the owners' meeting and was sent to the hospital as a precaution to check for a concussion.

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NFL News

Minnesota will host Super Bowl LII | ProFootballTalk
Minnesota was chosen over New Orleans and Indianapolis. As expected, Indianapolis was voted out in the early rounds of voting, but it was a surprise that Minnesota was able to beat out the bid from New Orleans, which has hosted 10 Super Bowls. New Orleans was founded in 1718, and the 2018 game would have had special significance as a part of the city’s tricentennial celebration. New Orleans will likely get another Super Bowl soon, but today is the time for Minnesota’s host committee to celebrate. The Super Bowl is heading to Minnesota.

Minneapolis awarded 2018 Super Bowl
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The Buccaneers have joined the Raiders, Bengals, Bills and Jets on the receiving end of a lawsuit filed by one of their cheerleaders. The Tampa Tribune reports that Manouchcar Pierre-Val, who spent less than a year on the team's cheerleading squad, has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the team o...

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