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The NFL still dealing with Super Bowl fallout

Posted on: February 18, 2011 9:07 am
 
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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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:41 am
 

The NFL still dealing with Super Bowl fallout

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Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 12:47 pm
 

The NFL still dealing with Super Bowl fallout

Most likely falling on deaf ears, but I'll dive into the water anyway. Something people need to understand, it was NOT the snow that caused issues, it was the ICE. The DFW area simply does not have the equipment and resources on hand - nor should they - to deal with a weather event like this. Unless absolutely necessary, no one should have been on the roads at least the Tuesday & Wednesday before the Super Bowl. See, my wife is from Michigan, and I'm born and raised in Texas, and we have a pretty good perspective on it. We realize the perception down South of those to the North of us, and honestly, it doesn't really bother us. See, it's been in the 70's this whole week in Dallas. My wife told me living in the North can easily make people angry & depressed during the Winter. Not a knock on people in the North, I wish more of you would stay there.

We weren't able to leave our house until Friday at the earliest. The roads were definately more driveable, but we had 1 garage door frozen shut, an inclined driveway iced over, and 3" thick ice in our alley. I know, because I had to use a hatchet to chop out the thick areas. Mail and trash service was cancelled for the entire week. There has to be a reason hockey players where skates you know. Wink

Listen, this is nothing more than people jumping on an opportunity to get something more out of a situation. This is apparently the world we live in now, looking to see who we can exploit or take advantage of. Yes, Jerry Jones' ego put him in this situation to try and break the attendance record, but he can't control Mother Nature or buy himself a different forecast. Mistakes were made by human beings, it wasn't life or death. I realize this shouldn't have impacted things like Christina Aguilera botching the National Anthem, and the Black Eyed Peas sucking, but come on people, is entertainment in this country really becoming this important to us??

Last point: Would the fallout have been the same if it would have been two warm city teams?? Let's say San Diego and Tampa Bay were playing, I'm thinking there may be a little more understanding of the situation. Green Bay and Pittsburgh deal with some of the harshest winter weather every year, and rightfully don't understand how that same weather impacts Southern cities ill-equipped to deal with it. That, and throw in the 2 teams (mostly the team's fan bases) aren't exactly Dallas Cowboy lovers to begin with.

Disclaimer: I support the Cowboys (as I do all other professional Texas teams), but wouldn't call myself a diehard fan. I grew up a Houston Oilers fan. Yell



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:52 am
 

The NFL still dealing with Super Bowl fallout


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 owner Tom Benson and the heir to the team – arrived in Dallas, she was told that the limos were only for principal owners

boo-hoo.



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:42 am
 

The NFL still dealing with Super Bowl fallout

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 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.

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 How is that screwing the owners? it says the owners were promised free use of limos and Bensons granddaughter is not the owner. Where would it end if they let her use it? Nephews, cousins, friends?


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