NADA blocks Super Bowl move

The National Automobile Dealers Association on Thursday said no to allowing Super Bowl XXXVI to be played in New Orleans Feb. 3.

The National Football League asked NADA to change the dates of its annual dealer convention, which is planned for Feb. 2-5 in New Orleans. If NADA had been willing to reschedule its convention, the NFL could have rescheduled the Super Bowl from Jan. 27 to Feb. 3. League officials wanted the change after NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue postponed last Sunday's professional football games following the terrorist attacks, which will extend the season by a week.

Up to 17,000 hotel rooms are booked, 30,000 attendees committed and 600 contracts signed for the convention, said NADA spokesman David Hyatt. Advancing the convention a week would be a "logistical nightmare."

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