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SBD/February 11, 2013/Events and Attractions
Super Bowl In '14 To Be Without NFL Experience Due To Lack Of Suitable Space
Published February 11, 2013
LOOKING AT OPTIONS: SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL’s Lefton, Kaplan & Ourand report the NFL will “have an extensive contingency plan in place to account for bad weather.” The league is “considering various options that include the possibility of delaying the contest several days in the event of a weather emergency on game day.” Sources said that the league “even could decide to play the game on Saturday if faced with an ominous forecast.” A source said, “We have to look at all the angles: storm arriving day-of-game, storm arriving prior to game, storm arriving after game.” If the game has to be rescheduled, a “host of complications would arise.” If the game were “played later than on Sunday, fans would have to reschedule flights, something that would become especially problematic considering potential airport closings.” Hotel accommodations also “would come into play, as fans would need to extend their stays” (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 2/11 issue).
WEATHER REPORT: The AP’s Tim Dahlberg wrote the weather is “not something the NFL needs to be terribly worried about.” The league can “do no wrong, and that won't change just because the elements will intrude on the next Super Bowl.” The weather “might even make it more interesting for the 100 million or so people who will be watching in the comfort of their own living rooms” (AP, 2/9). NBC Sports Network’s Dave Briggs said of Winter Storm Nemo, which hit the northeast this past week, “The Super Bowl is a year out, what if this happens in a year?” (“The Crossover,” NBCSN, 2/8). Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio said of next year’s Super Bowl, “There could be major problems next year if a storm hits on Super Sunday. What do they do, move the game to Monday? Move the game to Tuesday? Move the game to the following Sunday?” Florio added if the Super Bowl is in a cold weather city, “you make sure there’s a roof over the place so you can still play the game even if it snows 20 inches, except in Minnesota where the roof could’ve caved in” (“PFT,” NBCSN, 2/8).
SECURITY BREACH? USA TODAY’s Chris Chase reports a “seven-minute video that appears to show two college students sneaking into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome” became a “viral sensation” this past weekend. The clip shows two men who are “students at Savannah State University, walking past police barricades, sneaking through tunnels, getting assistance from a helpful security guard and, in an anticlimactic finish, strolling into the Superdome without incident, just in time for Beyonce’s halftime performance.” The NFL yesterday said that it “was aware of the issue.” If the video is “the real deal, the league will be looking for answers regarding the lax security” (USA TODAY, 2/11).