The NFL will celebrate its 50th Super Bowl in northern California, where its newest, most high-tech venue is being built.
That makes South Florida, in the midst of a spat over expensive stadium renovations, a loser for the 2016 game.
And Miami took a double defeat when Houston was awarded the 2017 championship game.
In two separate votes, NFL owners Tuesday went with both the San Francisco Bay Area and Houston on the first ballot at their spring meetings. The 49ers’ new home is set to open next year in Santa Clara.
Levi’s Stadium is being promoted as the most technologically advanced stadium in the world and earned that right on a day when the NFL made a $400 million deal with Microsoft to upgrade the fan viewing experience. It figures to be the first cashless, ticketless venue in NFL championship history, with WiFi capability for 75,000 people.
It was the first time in a decade that a Super Bowl was awarded on the first ballot.
• The draft will be held between May 8 and May 17 next year because the venue, Radio City Music Hall, is playing host to an Easter show in April. Goodell expects the draft will remain in May, with other adjustments to the NFL’s calendar, including the dates for the combine and the opening of free agency, to be discussed with the players’ union.
• The Pro Bowl could be moved from Hawaii back to mainland cities after the 2014 game but will remain on the Sunday one week before the Super Bowl.
• Expanding the playoffs, and cutting two games off the preseason, still are being discussed. A reduced preseason could happen with either the current 16-game regular season or with an 18-game schedule.
COWBOYS: Quarterback Tony Romo will miss at least three weeks of offseason workouts after a procedure to remove a cyst from his back.
The team’s Web site reported Tuesday, the first day of organized team workouts, that Romo underwent the procedure last month and could return for the mandatory minicamp that starts June 11. He will be ready for training camp in July.
PATRIOTS: Rob Gronkowski’s agent says the tight end’s latest surgery is expected to be the last on his forearm.
The New England Patriots’ star had his fourth surgery Monday on the left forearm that he broke Nov. 18 while blocking for an extra point against the Indianapolis Colts. He broke it again early in the Patriots’ first playoff game, a win over the Houston Texans.
Gronkowski’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said Tuesday that the surgeons said the latest operation went as well as they could have hoped.