Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Lines Up Southern Strategy for Super Bowls in 1999 - 2001

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Lines Up Southern Strategy for Super Bowls in 1999 - 2001

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The Super Bowl took on a distinct southern flavor Thursday as Miami, Atlanta and Tampa walked away with the National Football League's title game for 1999-2001.

NFL owners agreed that Miami will be the site of the 1999 game. Atlanta will have the 2000 game and Tampa, which had essentially been promised a Super Bowl by Commissioner Paul Tagliabue after agreeing to build a new stadium, will get the 2001 game.

Originally the owners planned to name only the hosts for the 1999 and 2000 games, but added the third to accommodate both Atlanta and Tampa. Miami and Tampa had been considered the favorites going in. Arizona was the only other candidate. The proximity to last year's game, which was in Phoenix, was probably the main factor in not selecting Arizona, Tagliabue said. Tampa's new stadium is being funded by a half-cent sales tax increase that voters approved in a Sept. 3 referendum. Former Tampa mayor William Poe filed suit before the referendum, contending public money should not be used to fund private enterprise. The Tampa stadium is expected to be completed in September 1998, 16 months before the Super Bowl in January 2000. The NFL says a stadium must be operating 18 months before the game. * Young Coming Back From Concussion: Once again, Steve Young knows exactly where he is, no problem. He can also say, without hesitation, where he wants to be on Sunday. Three days after suffering a concussion severe enough to scramble his senses, Young resumed practicing Wednesday, and barring any setbacks, will start for the 49ers on Sunday night at New Orleans. "Every day, it's getting better," said Young, who visited a neurologist Tuesday and has been cleared to play. "I've seen a specialist. I feel comfortable. They've given me the go-ahead. I'm sure we've done as much as we can with the experts, a lot of testing and reactions and reflexes. A lot of questions. Some were tough. I don't know if I'd know either way." * Raymer Out 4-6 Weeks After Accident: Injuries suffered in an automobile accident will keep Washington Redskins center Cory Raymer on the sidelines for 4-6 weeks. Raymer, 23, was admitted to Arlington (Va. …

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