On the fourth ballot this afternoon, the Jets and Giants' bid to host Super Bowl XLVIII won a majority of votes to beat out the Tampa bid. It was hard not to see this coming: New York–New Jersey, as the commissioner called it, was the heavy favorite heading into today, and it's hard to imagine that Tampa's bid video, which featured an enthusiastic Dick Vitale, swayed very many owners. (South Florida, which was eliminated after the second ballot, was reduced to promoting the fact that they hosted the highest-rated game of all time. As if the cold would turn away the home audience.) After the vote, Jets owner Woody Johnson told the NFL Network's Rich Eisen, "We hope it snows." Said Giants co-owner John Mara, perhaps thinking a bit more sensibly, "I'm not sure I agree with you on that."
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