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 Sunday, the day of the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
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FBN--SUPER BOWL 2014-BETTING BOOM
LAS VEGAS — With the Super Bowl approaching, fans are talking trash, buying snacks, and, more than ever, placing bets. Fans wagered an unprecedented $99 million on the Super Bowl last year, and Nevada sports books collected record amounts of football wagers during the tail end of 2013. All of this is changing the role of the humble sports book, which casinos used to see as an amenity that kept customers from going next door, but now expect to turn a profit. By Hannah Dreier. SENT: 899 words, photos.
FBN--SUPER BOWL 2014-ECONOMY
NEW YORK — Despite lofty predictions, sports economists say the Super Bowl likely won't provide much of an economic boom to the snow-covered New York City area when festivities kick off. A study conducted by the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee claimed the game would generate an economic boost between $500 to $600 million. But academic studies show that at best, past Super Bowls generated tens of millions. By Meghan Barr. SENT: 1,062 words, photos.
FBN--SUPER BOWL 2014-GREEN INITIATIVES
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Think of the Super Bowl and you think of excess: Big money, big parties, big crowds and an even bigger mess left behind when the circus leaves town. Beginning in the 1990s, the NFL has quietly sought to reduce the footprint left behind by the Big Game, and the league is taking steps to make February's game at MetLife Stadium the most environmentally friendly yet. By David Porter. SENT: 665 words, photos.
FBN--SUPER BOWL 2014-NJ SLIGHT
NEWARK, N.J. — Football fans who think they're coming to New York City for the upcoming Super Bowl will find plenty of activities, parties and attractions. What they won't find is a stadium, or the actual game. That's because it's being played in New Jersey, but some angry politicians say you'd never know it, judging by the promotional materials from the NFL. By Samantha Henry. SENT: 542 words, photos.
FBN--SUPER BOWL 2014-SECURITY
NEW YORK — When fans fill the streets of New York City next week, police will be watching them closely — in person, in the air and on closed-circuit monitors. The New York Police Department has quietly installed about 200 temporary cameras in midtown Manhattan to help spot trouble along "Super Bowl Boulevard," a 13-block street fair on Broadway that's expected to draw large crowds. The heavy surveillance is one facet of a vast security effort on both sides of the river. By Tom Hays. SENT: 819 words, photos.
FBN--SUPER BOWL 2014-NBA'S ROLE
NEW YORK — As Super Bowl Week nears, and celebrities line up their plans to be in New York in the walkup to the Feb. 2 game, the NBA has a seat at the table, too. Though the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets aren't having the seasons they hoped for, they have stemmed the tide a bit, and are prepping to host some star-laden clubs. LeBron James and the Miami Heat and Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder will play games in the area during Super Bowl Week. By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 906 words, photos.
FBN--SUPER BOWL 2014-TRANSPORTATION
NEWARK, N.J. — Years of planning and preparation have focused on the challenge of moving people around the New York region for the Super Bowl. As the game nears, the question remains: Will enough of the estimated hundreds of thousands of visitors accede to organizers' wishes and leave their car keys at home? By David Porter. SENT: 870 words, photos.
FBN--SUPER BOWL 2014-SOUNDS
NEW YORK — The sound of Peyton Manning barking "Omaha! Omaha!" is picked up by a tiny microphone in an offensive lineman's pads so it can be broadcast to the world. In an age of enormous high-definition televisions and games streamed to tablets and smartphones, audio seems almost quaint. Yet TV executives have made it a major focus in recent years, for the exact reason so many people are fascinated by the Broncos quarterback's audibles as Super Bowl Sunday approaches. By Rachel Cohen. SENT: 954 words, photos.
FBN--SUPER BOWL 2014-COUNTDOWN
NEW YORK — After months of talking about it, the first cold-weather Super Bowl is finally headed to New York and New Jersey. And with the two conference champions — Seattle and Denver — making their reservations for the metropolitan area, it's time to start the countdown. A broad-brush look at both sides of the river, and how the region is readying for the big game, complete with an up-to-date weather forecast. By Rick Freeman. SENT: 792 words, photos. With FBN--Super Bowl-Events Glance.
FBN--SUPER BOWL 2014-THE PARTIES
NEW YORK — The Super Bowl always attracts its fair share of can't-miss parties. Traditionally in a warm location, many feature athletes as well as actors, musicians and entertainers. This year, as the big game hits the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area, the parties figure to be even more plentiful. With star-laden NBA and NHL games in New York the week of the Super Bowl — not to mention several concerts — there figures to be big names aplenty both hosting and attending parties. Just don't expect any of them to be outdoors this time around. By Leanne Italie. SENT: 889 words, photos.
FBN--SUPER BOWL 2014-RESTAURANTS
NEW YORK — This year's Super Bowl at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium will be spilling over into New York's restaurant scene. Chefs across the city are serving up football-themed specials, like Brooklyn's Sweet Chick, which will offer chicken-and-waffle dishes inspired by the teams' hometowns. Meanwhile, Marc Forgione and Michael White will headline a five-day food-and-sports extravaganza near Madison Square Garden. By Michele Kayal. SENT: 699 words, photos.
FBN--SUPER BOWL 2014-THE TICKETS
NEW YORK — Super Bowl tickets are tough to acquire anyway. There's only so many seats in the stadium, and several are filled by corporations and sponsors. Then, when you factor in price and logistics, it makes it all that more difficult, even with the rise of the secondary market on the Internet. Things won't be any easier this year, as the NFL houses its first cold-weather Super Bowl on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium with the New York skyline as a backdrop. By Rick Freeman. SENT: 836 words, photos.
FBN--SUPER BOWL 2014-OUTDOOR EXCURSIONS
While the NFL is preparing to host its marquee game in a cold-weather setting, the NHL has been there, done that. In fact, the latter has been pulling off global, outdoor, winter events for quite a few years now. The Winter Classic began in 2008 and has encountered many weather roadblocks. There was a blizzard in Buffalo, rain in Pittsburgh, and even — get this — too much sun in Philadelphia. But the league has persevered to the point where there will be six outdoor games this season, including two in New York during Super Bowl week. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 1,401 words, photos.
FBN--SUPER BOWL 2014-THE ACTS
NEW YORK — Everyone is in Bruno Mars' ear about one thing when it comes to the Super Bowl halftime show: How will you deal with the cold? "Everyone's putting the fear of God in me like there's going to be a blizzard," Mars said. "I know it's going to be cold and I just got to face it." The 28-year-old pop crooner will hit the stage Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium. The singer, whose hits range from "Grenade" to "Locked Out of Heaven," is the centerpiece attraction for a week of musical entertainment in both New York and New Jersey. By Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 921 words, photos.
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-WHERE TO WATCH
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.