Roger Goodell will sit outside for the cold-weather Super Bowl in New Jersey

Frank Schwab

At least NFL commissioner Roger Goodell isn't going to ask fans to sit in the cold weather without doing so himself.

The NFL has been criticized for putting its championship game in an outdoor cold-weather venue that happens to be a short ride from the league's headquarters. The Broncos and Seahawks will match up on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium, and's forecast for that day is a high of 35 degrees with a low of 19, with snow showers and rain mixing in.

And Goodell will be out there for whatever the weather is.

ESPN reported that Goodell's seat for the Super Bowl is in an outside area. Expect about a thousand TV shots of the commissioner sitting through snow showers during the game, if that's what the weather ends up bringing.

Goodell really had little choice. He would have faced a lot of backlash had the league signed off on a cold-weather Super Bowl and the commissioner was spotted in a warm luxury suite.

The weather could be a big factor in the game. Any snow or cold would seem to benefit the Seahawks, who like running the ball and might be helped if Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and his receivers are slowed by the conditions.

Goodell won't be playing in the game, but he'll get a first-hand experience with the weather on Super Bowl Sunday.

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