If you’ve already bought tickets for Super Bowl XLIX or are looking forward to watching it with your friends and family, you may be surprised to learn that there is a chance it might not be played. Congress first needs to make a decision on renewing a piece of legislation that you possibly never have heard of: TRIA—the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act.
TRIA was signed into law in 2002 in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, establishing a risk-sharing partnership between the federal government and the insurance industry that made terrorism insurance widely available to U.S. businesses—among them, organizers of sporting events. Without federal support, most insurers had been unwilling to offer coverage. TRIA was renewed in 2005 and in 2007. It is set to expire on Dec. 31 unless Congress renews it. With two weeks until the deadline, the clock is ticking.
Well in case you were wondering, the NFL feels the game will be played regardless. So I hope that makes you feel a little better….
Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter
In regards to reports that Super Bowl could be in jeopardy due to expiring terrorism insurance, NFL said, “The Super Bowl will be played.”
This is coming from the NFL, the same group of people that said Adrian Peterson could be reinstated after two games, and they are the same people that initially slapped Ray Rice’s on the hand for his incident. I won’t be happy with this until someone from Congress says the game will go on.