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N.Y./N.J. Super Bowl A Hot Topic In New Orleans; S.F. Bidders Look To Unite Bay Area
Published February 1, 2013
BAY CITY ROLLERS: In San Jose, Mark Purdy notes S.F.-based philanthropist Daniel Lurie, who is leading the 49ers' bid to host a Super Bowl, will keep "soaking up the sights" in New Orleans this week, paying "particular attention to the charitable activities surrounding the game that are close to his heart." Lurie said, "I didn't take this just to throw one big party. We want ours to be the most philanthropic Super Bowl ever and benefit the community as much as possible." Purdy notes Lurie hopes to host the game "in three or four years, after the new 49ers' stadium is finished in Santa Clara." Lurie said, "From what I've seen ... I haven't been overwhelmed yet. Our region was built to host events like this." He added, "If there's one thing I want to be clear about, it's that this is a Bay Area effort. It's a San Francisco bid. But our slogan is, 'Bring The Bowl To The Bay.'" Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews said that he is "squarely on board with Lurie's effort." Matthews also intends to "organize a summit of South Bay and Peninsula mayors, along with top business people, to discuss the Super Bowl bid plan with Lurie." Meanwhile, some "voices in Santa Clara and Silicon Valley have expressed legitimate questions about whether they might be left out of the most lucrative Super Bowl fun." Lurie said, "We really believe people who come to the Super Bowl will want to spend a full week in the Bay Area. That could include everywhere from Napa Valley to Carmel and in between" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 2/1).
DEEP IN THE HEART...: Texans Owner Bob McNair on Thursday said that he "believes having James A. Baker III as chairman of Houston’s Super Bowl Host Committee will enhance the city’s bid" for Super Bowl LI in '17. McNair said that the deal with Baker "hasn’t been finalized, but they hope to get it done in time for a news conference in Houston next week." In Houston, John McClain noted Baker "served as secretary of state and secretary of the treasury under two presidents" (CHRON.com, 1/31). McNair appeared on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” this morning and said Baker “really represents Houston better than anyone and he's respected around the world, and all owners know who he is. I just couldn't think of anyone that could represent our city better than Jim Baker.” McNair noted that S.F. is bidding for the ’16 Super Bowl and if they win Sunday’s game it could help their bid. McNair added, "The fact that they're building a new stadium, I think that's the strongest thing going for them, and we typically reward cities that have just gotten a new stadium. So I'd say that would probably make them the favorite” (“Squawk Box,” CNBC, 1/31).