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NFL HOPES FOR SMOOTH P.R. WEEK IN MIAMI
Published January 24, 1995
"It's probably a good sign that one of the NFL's most pressing concerns early in this Super Bowl week is a cruise sponsored by a local 'gentlemen's club' that bills itself as 'hedonism on the high seas,'" writes Kent Somers in this morning's ARIZONA REPUBLIC. "Things could be much worse, as the NFL and the world found out six years ago," the last time the Super Bowl was in Miami. During the week preceding the game, Miami was "torn apart" by rioting after a racial incident (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 1/24). In New York, Wallace Matthews criticizes the NFL for not helping out the riot-torn part of Miami back in '89, but he does note that the NFL will donate $1M to start a youth center in an area near Liberty City, about five miles from where the rioting occurred. "Compared with the revenue generated by the Super Bowl, it doesn't seem like much" (N.Y. POST, 1/24). As for the controversial gambling cruise, the NFL "is scurrying to discourage active and retired players from attending, although the league has limited clout with former players." NFLP VP Don Garber re-emphasized that the cruise was not a league-sanctioned event. Garber: "We'll be watching how they promote and advertise this thing very closely" (Conrad & Richey, Ft. Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL, 1/24).