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SBD/December 19, 2012/Events and Attractions
Miami-Dade Mayor Endorses Hosting Super Bowl, Boat Show On Same Weekend
Published December 19, 2012
WELCOME TO THE TEAM: In West Palm Beach, Ben Volin notes Barreto yesterday announced former NFLers Dan Marino, Bob Griese and Jason Taylor as the “three honorary co-chairs who will be the face of the local effort.” They will “help sell the local community on the importance of hosting Super Bowl 50.” The three former Dolphins “aren’t allowed to make the official pitch to NFL owners,” but they will be “key players in raising money.” Barreto said that most of the bid “will be put together with private money, and Marino, Griese and Taylor have developed countless local business contacts.” In addition, the Dolphins’ bid “will be supported by at least one of their in-state colleagues.” Jaguars Owner Shahid Khan, who “spent last weekend with Dolphins owner Stephen Ross before the teams played each other Sunday, agreed to get behind the bid.” Still, the “success of the committee’s bid might depend on any improvements to 25-year-old Sun Life Stadium.” Dee said that “nothing is certain yet.” Barreto said the Dolphins will unveil plans “in the very near future.” Previous upgrades discussed by Dee “include a canopy that would leave the field exposed but shield fans from sun and rain; moving seats closer to the field; and improving the stadium’s wireless infrastructure” (PALM BEACH POST, 12/19).
SHOP LOCAL: In New Orleans, Mark Waller reported local companies can “enter a contest to win a pair of tickets” to Super Bowl XLVII if they spend “$500 with firms that participate in the NFL's Emerging Business Program.” The effort is “part of a campaign to boost New Orleans businesses in conjunction with the Super Bowl in February.” The program includes “a database of almost 300 local companies with woman or minority ownership that have been eligible for league-sponsored training sessions and offered opportunities to compete for Super Bowl-related jobs in the months leading up to the game” (NOLA.com, 12/14).