New Orleans is a Super Bowl city again.
NFL owners voted Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to play the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans, the first time the championship will be played there since Hurricane Katrina shredded parts of the Louisiana Superdome. The hurricane caused 1,600 deaths and devastated the Gulf Coast four years ago.
New Orleans beat out Miami, which sought a record 11th Super Bowl, and 2008 host Glendale, Ariz. This is the 10th time New Orleans will be the Super Bowl site.
New Orleans last hosted in 2002, when Adam Viniateri’s 48-yard field goal as time expired lifted New England over St. Louis. Saints owner Tom Benson said he was congratulated by the owners, even those who saw Super Bowl bids for their city get voted down.
“All are great Super Bowl cities,” said Rita Benson LeBlanc, a part-owner of the Saints and Tom Benson’s granddaughter. “But no city has been through more than New Orleans. ... This is just a true testament to what an entire community can do.”
Still unclear: Where will the 2013 Pro Bowl be played? It’s coming to Miami a week before this coming season’s Super Bowl, then going back to Hawaii in 2011 and 2012. It was not part of the bidding process for the 2013 Super Bowl.
Louisiana lawmakers are debating plans to spend $85 million in Superdome upgrades, which would be completed in time for the 2013 NFL title game. The upgrades would include additional seating, new suites, wider concourses and other measures for the New Orleans Saints to generate new revenue streams.
Seahawks sign long snapper
The Seattle Seahawks reached a one-year contract agreement with veteran long snapper Bryan Pittman, according to his agent, Kevin Gold.
Pittman, 32, went to high school at Federal Way’s Thomas Jefferson and played at the University of Washington.
He started 92 consecutive games for the Houston Texans until the NFL suspended him for four games without pay in December for violating the league’s anti-doping policy.
Pittman was punished for using a diuretic, which can serve as a masking agent for steroids.
Cowboys coach returns
The Dallas special teams coach who suffered a broken neck during the collapse of the practice facility is back with the Cowboys.
Joe DeCamillis showed up in Carrollton, Texas, for the first day of organized team activities, wearing a neck brace but walking around among the players. He was released from the hospital May 10, just eight days after getting hurt.
DeCamillis, 43, was carrying coaching notes as he made his way around the team’s temporary practice facility with another assistant coach.
DeCamillis was one of 12 people hurt when the tentlike structure collapsed during a storm.
New TV deals for NFL
The National Football League has extended its deals with broadcast partners CBS and FOX through the 2014 season.
The separate two-year extensions give CBS, which televises AFC games, the rights to broadcast the Super Bowl from New Orleans after the 2013 season.
Fox will continue to televise NFC games and was awarded the rights to air the Super Bowl after the 2014 season.
The NFL also reached a deal with Comcast Corp., the nation’s largest cable TV operator, to air the NFL Network on its second-most popular digital tier of service.
Vick reaches out
Michael Vick wants to work with an unlikely ally – the Humane Society of the United States – on a program aimed at eradicating dogfighting among urban teens.
Society president Wayne Pacelle said that he recently met with Vick at the federal prison in Leavenworth, Kan., and that Vick said he wants to work with the group once he’s out of federal custody.
Vick is serving a 23-month prison sentence after his 2007 dogfighting conviction.
He is scheduled to return to Virginia this week to serve the final two months of his term under home confinement in Hampton. Vick is expected to be released to supervised probation July 20.
In an overhaul of the Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive line, coach Marvin Lewis moved guard Andrew Whitworth to left tackle for the start of the team’s voluntary offseason workouts with Andre Smith, the team’s top draft pick, set to line up at right tackle when he reaches a contract agreement. Smith has never played right tackle. … New York Jets Pro Bowl running back Thomas Jones will rejoin his teammates next week after sitting out voluntary team activities while in a contract dispute, according to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. The Jets also signed 6-foot-4, 340-pound offensive lineman Matt Slauson, their sixth-round pick out of the University of Nebraska, to a four-year deal. … The Tampa Bay Buccaneers put backup fullback Byron Storer (knee surgery) on injured reserve.