NFL games will go on, apparently, war or no war

January 15, 1991|By New York Times

Although the National Football League is planning to hold the climactic moments of the professional football season as scheduled, an official acknowledged yesterday that events in the Persian Gulf eventually could cause the league to consider a change in its plans.

Joe Browne, the vice president of communications and development for the league, declined to address the possibility that the Super Bowl, scheduled for Jan. 27 in Tampa, Fla., could be postponed in the event of war.

After two of the four playoff games last weekend were delayed briefly to accommodate network news coverage of remarks on the gulf crisis by President Bush, Browne said the league planned to play its conference championship games, the Super Bowl, and the Pro Bowl as scheduled.

"If events during the next three weeks lead us to re-evaluate our plans," Browne said, "we will make an announcement to that effect at that time."

Paul Tagliabue, the NFL commissioner, declined comment, as did Dennis Swanson, president of ABC Sports, which is scheduled to broadcast the Super Bowl.

"Obviously, we're concerned," said Mark Mandel, a spokesman for the network. "Any plans would be dictated by what happens in world events. And since we don't know what those events will be, we don't know what our plans will be. We are planning right now on doing the Super Bowl."

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