Tag:Super Bowl XLV
Posted on: February 21, 2011 12:08 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2011 12:10 pm

Hot Routes 2.21.11: Quite a ride for Packers fans

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Titans DE Jason Babin explains why players don’t exactly love the franchise tag. “Everyone will say, 'How could you (not want) $12 million or whatever it is for a franchised defensive end?' But it's not as simple as that, unfortunately. Nothing in the NFL is simple,” Babin told the Tennessean.
  • The Jets reportedly will place their non-football employees on furlough if a new CBA isn’t reached by March 4. For every month there’s no agreement, those employees would have to take a week of unpaid leave. If no games are lost in 2011, though, the team would reimburse those employees.
  • Here’s CBSSports.com’s own Mike Freeman’s take on how the sports unions could be affected by what happens in Wisconsin.
  • Browns KR Joshua Cribbs is learning that the price of a friendship with LeBron James was perhaps more expensive than he thought. At least, in terms of suffering through not-nice comments to his Twitter feed.

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Posted on: February 18, 2011 9:07 am

The NFL still dealing with Super Bowl fallout

Cowboys Stadium during Super Bowl XLV (Getty).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If you thought the NFL’s biggest problem emerging from Super XLV was Seatgate and having to deal with about 1,200 upset fans whose tickets basically were irrelevant for the start of the game, the Philadelphia Daily News has a slightly different take on why the NFL could be in even more trouble than previously thought.

According to columnist Paul Domowitch, it wasn’t just the fans who were screwed by the NFL. It was also the league’s owners and executives, the halftime performers and, most importantly to the league’s bottom line, the game’s sponsors.

Jerry Jones' stadium did not fare well at Super Bowl XLV (Getty). The newspaper writes that the A-list Tailgate party was an unmitigated disaster with some sponsors having to wait in line for more than two hours to get into the event. And that was if they could even figure out where they were supposed to go to get to the party.

Apparently, some of the executives who had to wait in line – including those for FedEx and Castor Motor Oil – have threatened to yank their sponsorship (though you’d have to think having their name associated with the NFL is worth a little more than a little inconvenience for one day).

The owners also were promised gift certificates to Dallas-area stores and the free use of limos, but when Rita Benson LeBlanc – the granddaughter of Saints owner Tom Benson and the heir to the team – arrived in Dallas, she was told that the limos were only for principal owners. That, to say the least, did not go over well with Benson.

Domowitch also goes on to describe how poor the sound system was for the halftime show and how league executives were upset they had to give up their seats in order to accommodate the fans who were displaced by the stadium's lack of preparation.

So, what does all of this mean? Domowitch explains:

To make a long story short, you can bet your DeSean Jackson Fathead that somebody, and maybe more than one somebody, is going to be thrown under the bus for the debacle in Texas 2 weeks ago.

If you're looking for likely fall guys, you can start with Eric Grubman, the league's executive vice president/business ventures, and Frank Supovitz, the league's senior vice president/events, who essentially were in charge of Super Bowl XLV, if you don't count the guy who owns the stadium they played the game in, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. And Jerry's not going anywhere, except into seclusion. If Grubman's and Supovitz' names both still are on the league's staff directory in 4 months, I'll be shocked.

But despite all the problems, you can bet the Super Bowl, once again, will return to Dallas.

There’s too much money on the table for the NFL not to return. Even with all the problems – in part because of the snow, the Metroplex’s inability to deal with it and the distance between Dallas, Forth Worth and Arlington – the money is really the only figure that matters anyway.

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Posted on: February 14, 2011 11:47 pm

Jermichael Finley continues to bask in SB glory

Posted by Andy BenoitJ. Finley

It’s hard not to like Jermichael Finley. He’s outgoing, honest, humorous and insanely talented. This is part of the reason virtually everyone took his side during the little team photo controversy (Come on, so he’s on IR – no big deal; let the guy in the photo! seemed to be the sentiment.)

Those who follow Finley on Twitter know that the tight end has been unabashed in his euphoria regarding the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV victory. Because Finley is so likable, few have pointed out that the team pretty much won the title without him (he went on IR in October).

But on Monday, Finley made it difficult for observers to continue to smile and go along with his Super Bowl chest thumping. He tweeted out a picture of his green 88 jersey with the Super Bowl logo on the breast, saying, “Super Bowl Jersey. Taking it to get framed.”

Really? Framing an unused game jersey?

Posted on: February 14, 2011 10:18 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2011 10:57 pm

Bob Cook of Never Miss a Super Bowl club dies

Posted by Andy Benoit
B. Cook (AP)
The four-man Never Miss a Super Bowl club, made famous by the Visa commercials, is down to three. Bob Cook of Brown Deer, WI, one of the stars of the commercial, passed away at the age of 79.

The lifelong Packer fan had attended 44 consecutive Super Bowls before missing the game in Dallas due to illness. He watched his Packers from his hospital room, which his wife decorated in green and gold.

Cook’s Super Bowl streak included years where he’d get free tickets, years where he’d show up in the host city with merely the hope of scoring seats and years where he made significant financial sacrifices to attend the game.

"I probably could have bought a better house or put a couple new cars in the garage" he said in January, according to the Associated Press. "It's all worth it and I'm very happy with my household and the way it is."

The former owner of Bob Cook's Vagabond Travel Service started going to Super Bowls when he was working in the travel business. When asked in January why he goes to every Super Bowl he said: "I don't like the season to end."

"When football's over I wait for the preseason," he said. "No, I wait for the draft. Then the preseason. Then the season. Then the post-season. I worked hard not to let it end."

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Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:17 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2011 5:21 pm

NFL offers refund/free SB tix to 2,000 more fans

Posted by Andy Benoit

The 400 fans who were left out in the cold at Super Bowl XLV aren’t the only ones getting an apology gift from the NFL. The league announced Thursday that approximately 2,000 fans sitting in the temporary seating section at Cowboys Stadium this past Sunday will receive either a full refund of their ticket or a ticket to a future Super Bowl of their choosing.

The reason for this largess? These fans were significantly delayed in gaining pregame access to the game due to complications with the temporary seating. When you attend a Super Bowl, the festivities and buildup are part of what you pay for.

Hindsight is always 20/20, and it’s easy to use the word “should” in scenarios like this, but it’s apparent that Jerry Jones should not have tried to break the Super Bowl attendance record. Cowboys Stadium is palatial, but for a Super Bowl, it simply isn’t equipped to hold as many fans as the Rose Bowl.

This isn't to say that all of the temporary seats failed. The NFL points out that there were 13,000 temporary seats installed at Cowboys Stadium for Super Bowl XLV. The Arlington Fire Marshall inspected and cleared for use 11,740 of those seats.

In the same memo, the NFL also said senior staff members so far have personally contacted 260 of the 400 seatless fans to explain their options and how to confirm and fulfill their choice. 
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Posted on: February 9, 2011 7:19 pm

More Super Bowl fallout from ticketless fans

Super Bowl fans prepare to enter the stadium on Super Bowl XLV (Getty).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The news keeps getting worse for the NFL as the fans who were screwed out of Super Bowl seats keep emerging to counter the claims the league made as to how those fans were compensated and/or treated.

This time, it’s a woman named Sheryl Cerkleski who talks to Pro Football Weekly about her experience. Cerkleski wasn’t one of the approximately 400 whose seats were completely ripped away (those folks will get a Super Bowl ticket next year and travel expenses to Indianapolis or the $2,400 that compensates them for three times the face value of the ticket).

Instead, she was one of the approximately 850 who have been forgotten in the past few days.

First of all, bad news for the NFL: she has a heart-tugging story as she treated her brothers to Super Bowl tickets to celebrate them overcoming cancer. She also spent a total of close to $22,000 for the ticket packages (suffice to say, the NFL’s offer of three times face value wouldn’t exactly be adequate in this scenario).

After navigating through what sounds like a hellish maze of people outside the stadium who had no idea where to go, Cerkleski and her brothers entered Cowboys Stadium about 30 minutes before the game started, missing all the pregame festivities except for the National Anthem (and we all know how that went).

And then, things get really bad.

From the story:

When asked what one word came to mind about the NFL after the whole experience, Cerkleski didn't hesitate: "Greedy," she said. "Greedy, greedy, greedy." She has not heard Word One from the NFL, although she says she has not tried to contact them yet, either. ...

As for future Super Bowl trips, Cerkleski isn't sure. She now has run into dozens of friends the past few days who of course have asked her how her Super Bowl trip was. Wise words of advice to friends of Mrs. Cerkleski: Don't ask.

"I'd never go to Dallas again, I know that," she said. She has heard about the NFL's current labor strife, nicknamed the billionaires vs. the millionaires, and wonders whether the average person is in their minds sometimes when all this is allowed to go on.

"It's frustrating," she said. "Everyone hears about the 400 who got triple face value and tickets to next year's game, or whatever. But we paid a lot of money and were treated very poorly. We have been offered nothing. I feel like (the NFL) just took care of them and assumed everything was OK. It was not."

And the story contained in the rest of the article is ABSOLUTELY FREAKIN’ BRUTAL. I’d love to copy and paste the entire thing, but instead, please, please click the above link (or this one) and read the story. If all of this is true, the NFL has a big, big problem on its hands.

From a PR perspective and from a legal perspective. And hell, from a “simply doing right by your customers” perspective.

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Posted on: February 9, 2011 12:06 pm

First lawsuit filed in Super Bowl seat fiasco

Posted by Andy Benoit

The first lawsuit in the fallout from the seat issues at Cowboys Stadium last Sunday has been filed. The man behind the paperwork: Mike Dolabi, one of the 400 fans. According to Thomas Korosec of Bloomberg, “Dolabi, who sued on behalf of himself and other fans, said they had paid at least $100,000 for seat licenses at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and were promised seats at Super Bowl XLV with ‘the best sightlines in the stadium,’ according to the complaint filed in federal court in Dallas yesterday.”

In addition to punitive damages, the plaintiff is seeking more than $5 million in actual damages (which can be tripled under Texas’ trade law). The NFL, Jones and the Cowboys are accused of fraud, breach of good faith, breach of contract and violating Texas’ deceptive trade practices law.

This likely won’t be the last story about legal action taken against the Cowboys and NFL. Keep in mind, if someone has enough money to attend a Super Bowl, chances are they have access to a good attorney.

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Posted on: February 8, 2011 6:48 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2011 6:53 pm

NFL sweetens the deal for 400 seatless fans

Posted by Andy Benoit

With the controversy surrounding the 400 fans who were without seats for Super Bowl XLV not dying down, and with scattered stories about some of those fans claiming they were not treated well during the already awful process Sunday, the NFL saw it fit to up the ante on their apology Tuesday.

Beloiw is a press releae the league sent out Tuesday night:

Commissioner Roger Goodell announced today that two options will be offered to the approximately 400 fans that purchased a ticket to Super Bowl XLV and did not receive a seat in the stadium due to the installation failure involving their seat in Cowboys Stadium. Each of the holders of the approximately 400 affected tickets will have a choice of:
1.    One free ticket to next year’s Super Bowl game plus a cash payment of $2,400 (three times the face value of the Super Bowl XLV game ticket held by the individual). The ticket to next year’s Super Bowl game is transferable.
2.    One free ticket to a future Super Bowl game of the fan’s choice, including next year’s if so desired, plus round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations provided by the NFL. This offer will be personalized in the ticketholder’s name and is not transferable.
The NFL office, in conjunction with the Steelers, Packers, and Cowboys, is in the process of obtaining contact information for the approximately 400 individuals that did not receive seats in the stadium bowl at Super Bowl XLV. Contact information for any of those individuals can be emailed to SBXLV@nfl.com. A personal call from a senior NFL staff member will follow to answer questions and provide information on how the fan’s choice will be confirmed and fulfilled.
Commissioner Goodell has initiated a complete review of the matter, including all seating and stadium entrance issues, to determine where the breakdowns occurred.
“We are ultimately responsible for the fan experience and we want it to be the best it can possibly be,” Commissioner Goodell said.

Minutes after this was release, the discussion on Twitter was whether this offer was adequate and which of the two options were best. Wouldn't you love to know how many people contact the NFL claiming to have been one of the 400 seatless fans? The over/under on it: 5,000, including all the idiots who won't come remotely close to fooling the league; 1,000 if we're including only those who will at least get someone from the league to review their case carefully.  

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