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Phoenix May Host Super Bowl


If a new stadium is built in nearby Mesa for the Arizona Cardinals, the NFL will award a Super Bowl following either the 2004, 2005 or 2006 seasons to the area.

The league's Super Bowl policy committee on Monday passed a resolution that upon completion of the proposed multipurpose stadium in the East Valley, the Cardinals would be host of a title game. Voters in Mesa will have two referendums on their ballot in May for the construction of a new stadium and convention complex.

Of course, the area would have to form a host committee and submit a bid that satisfies the league's specifications for staging a Super Bowl.

Phoenix held the Super Bowl in January 1996 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, the current home of the Cardinals.

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The Green Bay Packers and Cardinals were awarded four compensatory picks in April's draft for losing free agents last year.

A total of 27 compensatory choices were awarded Monday to 16 teams. The picks range from the 96th overall (third round) to Green Bay to the 254th overall, the final selection of the draft, to St. Louis.

Green Bay also got the 133rd, 135th and 205th for losing seven free agents, including Edgar Bennett, Doug Evans, Craig Hentrick and Eugene Robinson. The Cardinals received Nos. 170, 204, 207 and 241 for losing seven, including Kent Graham, Eric Hill and Michael Bankston in the 1998 free agency period.

Other teams getting compensatory selections were Dallas, Denver, Jacksonville, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, two apiece; and Atlanta, Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Miami, Minnesota, New England, Tampa Bay and the New York Giants, one each.

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on performance and salary. Since 1993, when they first were awarded, Dallas has received the most, 18.

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