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Irsay expected to attend NFL owners' meeting for Super Bowl bid

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INDIANAPOLIS - Colts owner Jim Irsay is expected to make the final pitch for Indianapolis' Super Bowl bid May 19 in Atlanta.

Irsay has been undergoing treatment since March when he was arrested near his home in Carmel. The arrest report said he had $29,000 in cash and bottles of prescription drugs in his car.

Pete Ward, Irsay's assistant in the Colts' organization, told reporters Wednesday that Irsay would speak during the five minutes owners are given to lobby other owners to award their city the Super Bowl. That will follow 15-minute presentations from each city vying to host the 2018 Super Bowl - Indy, Minneapolis and New Orleans.

Ward said feedback from the NFL on Irsay has been supportive.

The owners meetings would be Irsay's first public appearance since the arrest. His daughter Carlie Irsay has taken the helm at the Colts front office in his absence.

About the bid

Wednesday marked the deadline for final written bids to host Super Bowl 2018.

When representatives from Indianapolis make their Super Bowl bid to the National Football League later this month, it will be their third time bidding to host the event.

But Indiana Sports Corp. President Allison Melangton said Wednesday that Indianapolis is not going in as the front-runner, despite the bid's corporate backing - to the tune of $32 million - and having a successful 2012 Super Bowl under their belt.

Two possible hotels are listed in Indianapolis' latest bid to host the 2018 game: one at Pan Am Plaza and another at Illinois and Market Sts. The new JW Marriott helped Indianapolis seal the deal to host the 2012 game.

Melangton told reporters Wednesday that the next two weeks will be spent preparing for the presentation in Atlanta. She was also confident about the weather plan. In 2012, Indianapolis had an exceptionally mild winter, providing good conditions for the zipline and outdoor events on Georgia Street. But 2014 proved to be exceptionally brutal, with ice and snow storms and negative wind chills in February.

Because the Super Bowl bid is such a competitive process, the committee can't tip their hand. But the city's large volunteer base, along with millions of dollars put up by local businesses, is likely to be a selling point.

NFL owners vote at their annual meeting May 17-21.
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