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A first: A Super Bowl in an unsubsidized stadium

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There are 32 teams in the NFL. Twenty-eight of those 32 play in a stadium built with taxpayer money, according to Travis Waldron and Pat Garofalo. Two more teams play in a stadium expanded through government subsidies. The other two teams are the New York Giants and New York Jets, who both play in MetLife Stadium -- where Sunday's Super Bowl will be played.

So, this Super Bowl will be the only Super Bowl in years (and for years to come) to be played in a stadium not built on corporate welfare. Enjoy.

P.S. My column from last year's Super Bowl:

A year ago, as the Baltimore Ravens under coach John Harbaugh and San Francisco 49ers under coach Jim Harbaugh advanced through the NFL playoffs, there was talk of a potential brother-vs-brother Super Bowl – a “Harbowl,” as some sportswriters had begun calling it.

Roy Fox of Pendleton, Indiana, is an ordinary football fan who had an idea: make T-shirts and hats with the word “Harbowl” on them, and sell them for some extra cash in case these brothers did ever meet up in a future Super Bowl. Mr. Fox remembered how Lakers Coach Pat Riley famously made money by trademarking the term “Three-Peat,” Fox told me this week, and so he decided to trademark “Harbowl” and “Harbaughbowl.”

So, is Mr. Fox expecting a payday this month, as the Harbowl becomes reality? Nope. NFL lawyers, threatening costly legal battles, pressured Mr. Fox to abandon his trademark. And under threat of costly court costs, Mr. Fox gave up the trademark early this season.

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