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Super Bowl Scene

Posted by sportsmarketingguy on January 29, 2009

Day 3 at the Super Bowl is underway and the rest of the week will be crunch time with 2 media tours and the Donruss Pop Warner Classic on Saturday featuring former NFL Players Vinny Testaverde, Steve DeBerg and Dave Moore. This year we have a huge presence with the NFL Host City Team, Tampa Bay Buccaneers stepping up to support the effort.  It will be very cool.

Now on to Super Bowl…

Super Bowl Atmosphere: I spent the last two days in the NFL Media Center and bumped into some former colleagues and producer friends.  Overall it feels different and I don’t know whether we can attribute that to the economy, state of the media as less stations seem to be down here or if it is just an overall lack of excitement for this year’s game?  There definitely are some big sports radio stations from around the country missing.  If WFAN is here, I can’t seem to find them.  There is no Boston sports radio, which is a surprise to me and makes me wonder – does ESPN Boston have an advantage over WEEI because it airs a majority of ESPN national shows including Mike & Mike, and The Herd with Colin Cowherd, as well as others that are broadcasting from Tampa? I know where I would be tuning in.

There are less athletes and non-football personalities that have made their way through the Media Center.

NFL Experience: Tuesday night I hit the NFL Experience to scope out the scene and hang with the Donruss guys.  As the “Official Trading Card Sponsor of the NFL Experience,” they have put together a great space.  They just released an amazing new set that is part of their National Treasures line called 2008 Playoff National Treasures Football that sells for a cool $500 a pack.  It’s HOT.

What’s Up Next: A media tour with 1987 Heisman Trophy Winner and Oakland Raiders Legend Tim Brown today to discuss a program to battle childhood obesity and keeping kids active by participating in sports like Pop Warner. Interviews include Sirius Sports Radio, ESPN.com, Yahoo Sports! and NFL Network.

NFLPA Party – Always fun, but should be interesting given it is the first since the passing of Gene Upshaw and considering a successor should be announced in the next three months – a story that I think will be one of the biggest sports business stories in 2009.  On the eve of the party, the NFLPA lost a major appeal that means they will have to pay retired NFLers $28.1 M in royalties and licensing agreements including the most visible one with EA Sports, Bloomberg News has the background on that. The NFLPA also holds it State of the Union press conference today and William Rhoden of the NY Times does a good job looking into the mindset of the players as they search for a new leader after two decades.

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