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Seven cities lining up to host Super Bowl LII

Super Bowl XLVII - Baltimore Ravens v San Francisco 49ers

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 03: A large banner on the exterior of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome of Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens is seen before the start of Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and the Ravens on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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Earlier today, we pointed out that Indianapolis hopes to host Super Bowl LII, which will be played in MMXVIII.

But New Orleans and five other cities are believed to be interested in hosting the game, which is great news for the NFL, since greater competition results in greater bids results in greater profits for the NFL.

According to Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the cities believed to be interested in hosting the game include New Orleans, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Minneapolis, and San Francisco.

The fact that some combination of San Fran, Miami, and Houston will be hosting the two Super Bowls preceding the 52nd edition necessarily reduces the pool of candidates to five. Then again, other cities can still get in on the action.

Especially if the open-air game in New Jersey ends up being something other than a disaster.