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How Sunday's game in New Jersey could help Tampa host another Super Bowl

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Tampa, Florida -- Could Tampa Bay be set to host another Super Bowl? By the end of this weekend, our odds could increase dramatically.

It all depends on what happens at this year's game, coming up on Sunday night.

At kickoff Sunday in New Jersey, the temperature is forecast to be in the low 40's, with a wind chill in the low 30's and a slight chance of rain.

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If miserable weather makes the game a miserable failure, Tampa Bay could benefit big-time.

Here's why:

Sunday's Super Bowl is a huge experiment for the NFL. It's the first planned, outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl.

How's this for a welcome kit? The league will pass out earmuffs, hand warmers, and lip balm to everyone who comes to the game.

But that may not cut it, and the people who pay thousands -- and companies who pay millions -- to be part of the world's biggest sports party may have a terrible time.

If an awful experience leads the NFL to say "never again" to a cold-weather location, it will take one-half of the NFL's markets out of contention to host a future Super Bowl.

Only the spots with warm weather or indoor stadiums would stay in the running.

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So, instead of competing against 30 other potential host cities to get a Super Bowl, Tampa would face off against just 16 any time the Bay Area bids for another big game -- improving our odds substantially.

In case you're curious, the coldest any of Tampa's four Super Bowls have been at kickoff is 65 degrees.

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