There's a fine line between self-promotion and shamelessness. I've read this story several times now and I still can't decide which side of the line Bob McNair falls on.
Texans owner Bob McNair hopes Houston's response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster will cause NFL owners to look favorably on the city as a possible site for the 2010 Super Bowl that will be voted on Oct. 6.
Houston, Atlanta and Miami lost the 2009 Super Bowl to Tampa in May. When the Jets failed to get public support for a new stadium in Manhattan, the league took the 2010 Super Bowl from New York and announced that the three finalists that lost to Tampa would be finalists again.
"It would be a nice gesture by the NFL," McNair said Friday. "It would be an appropriate way for the NFL to recognize the great way in which Houston responded by taking in the evacuees from Hurricane Katrina."
Three owners said Houston was eliminated on the first ballot because enough owners from low-revenue franchises voted against McNair, a high-revenue owner who chairs the NFL's revenue committee that has caused a division among the owners.
If Houston didn't get the Super Bowl because of McNair's position as chairman of the committee, that would work against the city again.
"I don't know if we'll address revenue sharing until we have a new collective bargaining agreement with the players," McNair said. "I do know that we're ready, and we believe we deserve another Super Bowl because we did a super job with the last one."
But still. Seeing it in print like that,
from the guy who'll make a boatload of money if it happens, just makes me a little squeamish. Maybe it's just me, I don't know. What do you think?
UPDATE: Tom says in the comments that McNair makes no more from the Super Bowl than he would from any other game, and he incurs other expenses in doing so which makes it a net loss for him. That's not what I would have expected, but as such I've amended the original post to reflect this.Posted by Charles Kuffner on September 17, 2005 to Hurricane Katrina | TrackBack