Faces and Places: Super Bowl XLVIII
Super Bowl bell ringers
|Ringing the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange on Jan. 30: Jonathan Tisch of the Super Bowl host committee and the Giants; Joe Ellis of the Broncos; Al Kelly and Laurie Tisch of the host committee; John Elway of the Broncos; John Mara of the Giants; Peter McLoughlin, John Schneider and Paul Allen of the Seahawks; and Woody Johnson of the host committee and the Jets.
|MetLife Stadium executives take a quick break from preparations on Feb. 1, the day before the game: Jena Schaafsma, Brad Mayne, Nicole Fountain and Ron VanDeVeen
|DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speak on the field at MetLife Stadium before the game on Feb. 2.
Owners gather at DirecTV party
|Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Papa John’s Pizza’s John Schnatter at the DirecTV Super Saturday Night at Pier 40 on Feb. 1. Below: Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
Chase Bank / United Airlines VIP Lounge
|Inside the Chase Bank / United Airlines VIP Lounge on Feb. 1 at Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen in Times Square were Jon Miller, NBC Sports; David Gold, Chase Card Services; Fieri; and the Giants’ Chris Mara.
And the winner is …
|Congratulations to Kroenke Sports & Entertainment VP/IT Rick Schoenhals, who won the 2014 SBD/SBJ Super Bowl pick ’em. His entry had the Seahawks defeating the Broncos 42-28 (the final was 43-8) and Anheuser-Busch taking the top spot in USA Today’s Ad Meter. No one correctly predicted the Seahawks’ Malcolm Smith as the game’s MVP.
Business of Sport panel
|At the 2014 Business of Sport Forum: Football Edition, at Marquee NYC on Jan. 30, The Legacy Agency’s Mike Principe (left) welcomed Under Armour’s Kevin Plank, the Falcons’ Osi Umenyiora, Twitter’s Geoff Reiss, CNBC’s Jim Cramer and Fox Sports’ Eric Shanks.
|Leigh Steinberg and Steve Young attend the Leigh Steinberg Super Bowl Party at 230 Fifth Ave. on Feb. 1. The event benefited the Lone Survivor Fund.
Steve Tisch’s bash
|Giants co-owner Steve Tisch was the host for a dinner Jan. 29 at Carbone in New York. Tisch (right) with brother and Giants co-owner Jonathan. Below: NFL Network’s Rich Eisen with Translation’s Steve Stoute, holding the trophy for winning Jay-Z’s fantasy football league.
GE, NFL announce winners
|General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell attend a news conference to announce the 16 winners of the first round of the $20 million Head Health Challenge, a research grant created by the NFL and General Electric to better study and treat traumatic brain injuries, on Jan. 23 in New York City.
Getting together at 16W
|16W Marketing held its annual “Super Bowl Get Together” at Il Villaggio in Carlstadt, N.J., on Jan. 30. With 16W partners Steve Rosner (fourth from left) and Frank Vuono (fourth from right) are 16W clients Howie Long, Jim Kelly, Ron Darling, Chris Simms, Bob Papa and Phil Simms.
|CBS broadcaster Phil Simms, Bleacher Report’s Dave Finocchio, the Packers’ Randall Cobb, Fox broadcaster Howie Long and Rich Calacci of Turner Digital Ad Sales were at the Bleacher Report Chalk Talk Powered by Samsung Galaxy event on Jan. 30 at Bleacher Report’s video production office.
Assessing the impact at NYU
|NYU Sports and Society hosted “48 Hours Before Super Bowl XLVIII: The Lasting Impact of Sports’ Greatest Events” on Jan. 31. Back row: Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard; Lisa Baird, U.S. Olympic Committee; moderator Arthur Miller; Mary Pilon, The New York Times; David Rousseau, Arizona Super Bowl XLIX Host Committee; and Dennis Di Lorenzo, NYU-School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Seated: Gregory Carey, Goldman, Sachs & Co.; Richard Florida, NYU-SCPS professor; Kevin Hallinan, former MLB security chief; and Constantine Kontokosta, NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress.
|Visiting Super Bowl XLVIII in preparation for hosting Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale: Global Spectrum’s Fred Corsi, Dan Callendar, Peter Sullivan, Tarena Smith and Myles Gabel.
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