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Environment America: Global Warming Threatens Super Bowl Teams!
Howard Richman, 1/25/2014

Wow! Was Environment America right or not when it predicted that global warming would affect the Super Bowl? In a February 2, 2008, column New York Times columnist John Tierney criticized Environment America's prediction that global warming would have a significant effect upon the Super Bowl (Global Warming Threatens Super Bowl Teams!):

It turns out that global warming poses a dire threat to 14 football teams, including the two playing in the Super Bowl. Environment America, a federation of environmental groups, issued an “analysis” this week, complete with a fact sheet of weather statistics, warning that a warming trend in Northern cities like New York and Boston is eroding the traditional advantage enjoyed by their teams when playing at home in cold weather.

“As if we needed another reason to tackle global warming, now even football could be affected,” said Nathan Wilcox, who was identified as the energy and clean air advocate of Environment America. “Congress must get serious about global warming before rising temperatures fumble away cold weather teams’ home field advantage.”

My guess is that the NFL schedulers were sitting around a table when the possibility of holding a Super Bowl in New Jersey in the middle of the winter was brought up. "Why not?" someone asked. "With global warming making temperatures warmer everywhere, an open air stadium in New Jersey should be fine." 

So you see, Environment America was right. Global warming [hype] is indeed affecting this year's SuperBowl.

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