Source: NFL begins exploring Super Bowl XLIX relocation options

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The NFL previously stripped Arizona of a Super Bowl in 1993, relocating the game to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

The NFL previously stripped Arizona of a Super Bowl in 1993, relocating the game to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

With the Pro Bowl in Arizona likely, the NFL hopes the game serves as yet another carrot at the end of the stick for Arizona as the Super Bowl host, in that the all-star game would generate that much more in tourism dollars and exposure for the Phoenix area. Many Arizona business leaders have come out strongly against the bill, believing it would deal a significant blow to economic growth in a state that has been hit hard by unemployment in recent years. The estimated economic impact of the Super Bowl being played in Arizona in 2008 was more than $500 million, according to Cardinals team president Michael Bidwill, who has said he expects even greater Super Bowl-related economic impact in 2015.