THE LONG ARM OF THE NFL -- FAKE TICKETS, UNDERCOVER CRUISERS
"There is virtually no chance Super Bowl tickets arecounterfeit, and the NFL doesn't expect a problem withcounterfeit media credentials like it had in Atlanta last year,"according to a report in this morning's Ft. Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL. NFL Dir of Special Events Jim Steeg: "We learned alot about how far people will go last year." Steeg said he andhis staff are paying more attention to game credentials -- usinghard-to-purchase materials that increase the cost ofcounterfeiting. In addition, the presence of a 75th anniversaryhologram has decreased concern over counterfeit game tickets.Steeg, who estimated the costs of printing tickets at $150,000per 2,000: "You can see making a profit wouldn't be easy" (CraigBarnes, Ft. Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL, 1/25). THE INFAMOUS NUDE CRUISE: NFL Dir of Communications GregAiello said the league will have a "presence" aboard a cruisefeaturing naked show girls and gambling. Cruise promoters areclaiming that 50 present or former NFL players will also beaboard. Aiello: "There will be a representative of NFL securityon board. But I don't know who that will be." The league hasthreatened fines and "lifetime suspensions" to players or othersaffliliated with the NFL that attend (Ken Rodriguez, MIAMIHERALD, 1/25).