The NFL is exploring the possibility of moving the 2024 Super Bowl out of New Orleans because of a potential conflict with Mardi Gras, league spokesman Brian McCarthy told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Expanding the regular season to 17 games, which could happen as early as 2021, means the playoffs would extend further into February. If the Super Bowl location is changed, New Orleans' host year would be pushed back instead of taken away.
"As part of the bid process in 2018, we contemplated the possibility of a 17-game schedule as part of a new CBA," McCarthy said, per Kevin Patra of NFL.com. "We are exploring options with the Saints and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation for the city to remain the host of the Super Bowl in 2024 or in a future year that would be suitable for both New Orleans and the NFL."
New Orleans is one of the NFL's favorite Super Bowl sites, having hosted the game 10 times. It was most recently home to Super Bowl XLVII in 2013.