As the New York-New Jersey Super Bowl approaches, The Associated Press is offering a multi-format series, exploring its uniqueness, strategy and potential as a groundbreaking NFL event. Going forward, the AP will provide stories for immediate release over 13 weeks.
In a cycle that started Nov. 7, the AP will publish a series of stories — at least one per week — through Feb. 2, the day of the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
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UPCOMING IN DECEMBER:
FBN--SUPER BOWL 2014-THE ACTS
NEW YORK — A closer look at some the of entertainment acts that will perform in and around the Super Bowl in both New York and New Jersey. How will they prepare for the cold weather, and what steps need to be taken to make sure they perform at a Super level? By Mesfin Fekadu. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos the week of Dec. 23.
FBN--SUPER BOWL 2014-WINTER CLASSIC
While the NFL is preparing to host its marquee game in cold weather for the first time, the NHL has been there, done that. The latter has pulled off global, outdoor, winter events since 2008. The Winter Classic has encountered many roadblocks. There was a blizzard in Buffalo, rain in Pittsburgh, and even too much sun in Philadelphia. But the league, and its winter wonderland, has persevered to the point where there will be six outdoor games this season, including two in New York during Super Bowl week. A look back at Classic history, and what might be in store for the NFL Feb. 2. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos the week of Dec. 30.
FBN--SUPER BOWL 2014-WHAT ABOUT US?
CHICAGO — This year's Super Bowl might be just the beginning of cold-weather big games for the NFL. Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago — all major cities with outdoor venues that could host the event that is a Super Bowl Week — could be lining up for their chance to be in the spotlight as a new era in the NFL is about to dawn. By Jim Litke. SENT: 1,262 words, photos.
FBN--SUPER BOWL 2014-SNOW PLANS
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Transportation and football officials say they're armed with thousands of trucks and more than 60,000 tons of salt to combat weather that could jeopardize the Super Bowl from kicking off as scheduled in February. Officials held a press conference on Wednesday at snowy MetLife Stadium to assure the public that snow or ice will not hinder the big game on Feb. 2. By Meghan Barr. SENT: 661 words, photos.
FBN--SUPER BOWL 2014-TOP TURF
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — It may qualify as a small irony that in the run-up to the first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl, the people seemingly least threatened about the possibility of bad weather are the folks whose job is to protect the surface on which the game will be played. It should come as no surprise, since the NFL's groundskeeping experts are used to dealing with the elements — and improvising when they have to. By David Porter. SENT: 925 words, photos.
FBN--SUPER BOWL 2014-UFC'S MISSION
NEW YORK — A closer look at the world of mixed martial arts and the phenomena that it now is globally. In February, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, still pushing to be legal in New York, will hold its biggest event in New Jersey, trying to ride the NFL's coattails a bit as the Super Bowl will be played six miles away the following day. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 1,189 words, photos.
FBN--SUPERBOWL 2014-TV DEALS
LOS ANGELES —Viewers have more ways than ever before to watch the Super Bowl —on iPhones, Android tablets, home PCs and TVs. Here's a look at the business deals that brought about this unprecedented access to this unprecedented game. By Ryan Nakashima. SENT: 569 words.
FBN--SUPER BOWL 2014-EMBRACING THE COLD
NEW YORK — Faced with the possibility of a public relations debacle if snow and ice snarl the first Super Bowl held outdoors in the frigid northeast, New York City is hardly hiding from the cold. It's embracing it. City officials plan to turn the Big Apple into a winter wonderland. By Meghan Barr. SENT: 579 words, photos.
FBN--SUPER BOWL 2014-JERSEY'S CHALLENGE
HACKENSACK, N.J. — Northern New Jersey towns hoping to get Super Bowl visitors to spend time and money in the Garden State and not just across the river in Manhattan realize they need to come up with a creative game plan. It's not foreign to the people of this proud state, needing to do something extra to separate itself from New York. By David Porter. SENT: 943 words, photos.
FBN--SUPER BOWL 2014-POWER
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The head of New Jersey's largest utility company and other officials involved in planning for February's Super Bowl say they have taken numerous measures to ensure there will be no repeat of the power failure that caused a delay at this year's game in New Orleans. By David Porter. SENT: 520 words, photos.
FBN--SUPER BOWL 2014-GETTING STARTED
Feb. 2, 2014, is a day that will be remembered forever in not only the NFL, but in New York and New Jersey, as the Super Bowl will be played outdoors in a northern market for the first time ever. Indeed, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has overcome quite a few challenges in his tenure, but this one may be the toughest. By Jim Litke. SENT: 1,537 words, photos.