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NFL spokesman debunks reports about halftime concerns

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If the NFL is good at anything (other than making money, which it is great at), it’s maintaining the appearance of order.

So there’s no surprise that as reports mount about concerns about the logistics of an outdoor Super Bowl halftime show in MetLife Stadium next year, the league played it cool.

Brian McCarthy, the league’s vice president of communications, just tweeted out word that all is well, and that there’s nothing to see here.

“re: erroneous reports #SB48 halftime show next year. Chill out. pregame & halftime shows in-stadium.”

You see what he did there?

The nature of having the game in New York will create a special hysteria about every aspect of the game, but the league mobilizes a small army of people working on issues big and small.

Hosting Bon Jovi or whoever it happens for a 15-minute concert in the inevitable blizzard might be complicated, but it’s not like having 70,000 people trapped in a building with no electricity or anything.

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33 Responses to “NFL spokesman debunks reports about halftime concerns”
  1. overweightman says: Feb 5, 2013 12:40 PM

    Just make it a female singer and the cold weather actually works out in the NFL’s favor. Just sayin.

  2. tbd3 says: Feb 5, 2013 12:41 PM

    Don’t even bother having one. Please.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 5, 2013 12:42 PM

    Then a particularly strong gust of wind blew across the stage and the giant speakers rolled across the audience making a strange “debunk, debunk, debunk” noise….

  4. umainebearman says: Feb 5, 2013 12:45 PM

    The people in the Super Dome where hardly “trapped”. The weather however in NY could prevent many people from even getting to the game let alone let them leave. Also if I remember right that brand new dump the Maras built lost power at least twice during games.

  5. SeenThisB4 says: Feb 5, 2013 12:51 PM

    That’s 72,000 people, and they weren’t trapped or with “no electricity”.

  6. walmatt says: Feb 5, 2013 12:53 PM

    I’ve seen many olympic opening and closing ceremonies in frigid temps….shouldn’t be a problem….just need to be a bit creative.

  7. benh999 says: Feb 5, 2013 12:53 PM

    Am I the only one who noticed there was no precipitation in the NYC area during this year’s Super Bowl? We routinely see playoff games in the snow — why would a Super Bowl with snow be that unthinkable?

  8. philliesblow says: Feb 5, 2013 12:55 PM

    Hologram Elvis.

  9. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Feb 5, 2013 1:03 PM

    Congratulations to the Ravens from a Niner lifer. Classy organization from Bisciotti and Harbaugh to Flacco and Ray Rice – I always wanted you guys to push through. It’s just a shame it had to come against my team.

    Nevertheless…Job well done!

  10. FinFan68 says: Feb 5, 2013 1:04 PM

    The shows have been bad of late because they are trying too hard to “put on a show”. The choreographed glitz is over the top. Just bring out Springsteen and Bon Jovi to sing a couple songs. No glitzy dancers; no pyrotechnics that fog the field; no political statements.

  11. ghostofgilchrist says: Feb 5, 2013 1:10 PM

    Just get an act that’s used to cold weather….like Abba..

  12. slclions says: Feb 5, 2013 1:21 PM

    All the people complaining about an outdoor Super Bowl, would never go to it anyways and will just stay at home and watch the game on TV so who cares? And as for the halftime show, if they could do it in the snow up here in Canada during the CFL Grey Cup I’m pretty sure the people in New York can figure it out

  13. rooneyruleblues says: Feb 5, 2013 1:24 PM

    I really pray that there is a blizzard that week and its miserable in Jersey for the superbowl. The NFL is really stupid.

  14. 4ever19 says: Feb 5, 2013 1:28 PM

    You know what would be better than any halftime show? No halftime show.

  15. whatnojets says: Feb 5, 2013 1:30 PM

    What blizzard? We had about two inches of snow so far this year!!

  16. joetoronto says: Feb 5, 2013 1:37 PM

    walmatt says:
    Feb 5, 2013 12:53 PM
    I’ve seen many olympic opening and closing ceremonies in frigid temps….shouldn’t be a problem….just need to be a bit creative.
    ***************************************************
    Cold is one thing, a snow storm is another.

    Imagine a ton of empty seats at the Super Bowl, that would be the end of that.

  17. sb44champs says: Feb 5, 2013 1:51 PM

    “…but it’s not like having 70,000 people trapped in a building with no electricity or anything.”
    ==========================
    If you are referring to Katrina, only about 9,000 rode out the storm…..in the best 1970’s stadium in America – The Louisiana Superdome

  18. guinsrule says: Feb 5, 2013 1:52 PM

    15 minutes of frozen fun…Ice Capades!

  19. sb44champs says: Feb 5, 2013 1:53 PM

    FinFan68 says:
    Feb 5, 2013 1:04 PM
    The shows have been bad of late because they are trying too hard to “put on a show”. The choreographed glitz is over the top. Just bring out Springsteen and Bon Jovi to sing a couple songs. No glitzy dancers; no pyrotechnics that fog the field; no political statements.
    ===========================
    No, anyone but Bon Jovi…

  20. coltzfan166 says: Feb 5, 2013 2:00 PM

    Bon Jovi would make sense. New Jersey natives, so they’d probably jump at the chance, amid the weather. They wouldn’t need to put together a complicated staged with a coreographed, overly rehearsed performance. Or does this make too much sense to happen?

  21. njraiderfan19 says: Feb 5, 2013 2:17 PM

    @benh999….there was light snow in my part of NJ at the end of the game Sunday night. You know? NJ? Where the game will actually be played? Which is nuts. As a NJ native and resident for 45 years, we have had huge snowstorms in the time period the game is slated for. I plan on sitting back in my living room and laughing at the folks who paid big bucks to freeze their butts offs

  22. coltzfan166 says: Feb 5, 2013 2:23 PM

    @ slclions

    Most, if not all, CFL teams play in indoor stadiums. And they probably always host the Grey Cup indoors.

  23. thesveed says: Feb 5, 2013 2:38 PM

    NFL needs a halftime act that rocks and doesn’t lip sync. Bruce and Bon Jovi are the logical local picks, but for a great performance that has wide appeal…… FOO FIGHTERS!

  24. thrillomania says: Feb 5, 2013 2:44 PM

    The games being played in New Jersey, not New York. just because the teams that play there misidentify themselves as being from NY for marketing purposes, the stadium is PHYSICALLY located in a state that is not called New York.

  25. scrp2 says: Feb 5, 2013 2:44 PM

    Beyonce was super-hot. There might have been some mistakes made but the halftime show was not one of them.

  26. brenenostler says: Feb 5, 2013 2:46 PM

    New Jersey natives Bon Jovi would be a good choice. Simple rock show. Nothing coreographed. Easy stage to put together. Or does this make too much sense?

  27. ilovefoolsball says: Feb 5, 2013 2:58 PM

    Well northerners you’ll finally get your northern superbowl, and the NFL will finally be able to say “well they can’t say we didn’t try”.

  28. atlatlatl says: Feb 5, 2013 3:05 PM

    One way or another, it’s going to happen. Prince played an electric guitar in a raging downpour in Miami a few years ago. In all likelihood, there won’t be a major snowstorm, but even if there is there will be a contingency plan for it, like designing a stage that rests on skis or something. And they’ll know at least a few days in advance that it’s coming.

  29. wcdunkenfield says: Feb 5, 2013 3:19 PM

    C’Mon, those that say NO to the game in NY/NJ are a bunch of whiny women.

    Was Lombardi filmed in earmuffs and a big overcoat? Many times.

    Did frozen fields come into play in the Championship games? More than once.

    Is it “real football” playing in bad weather. Of course.

    Do the folks in Green Bay and Chicago and Buffalo and Philly and Washington have to deal with that kind of weather? Certainly.

    Give me a chance at a ticket for that NY/NJ game, and I’ll be there… bundled up, of course, with something stronger than coffee in my cup, of course… but loving every minute of a championship game played outside.

    And I’ll have a story for the grandkids….

  30. koop85 says: Feb 5, 2013 3:25 PM

    If they can have concerts outdoors for the New Year’s Eve shows, I would think it could be done in a stadium.

  31. idkid1980 says: Feb 5, 2013 3:26 PM

    Aside from the payday of course, I’d hate to be a rock act playing a guitar in frigid weather. I’ve done in in the upper-20s before, and wow is it hard to pick a note in that kind of weather. Not to mention the strings breaking. But I’m guessing the millions of dollars offered to do so might help me warm up (see what I did there!) to the idea.

  32. cball77 says: Feb 5, 2013 3:35 PM

    coltzfan166 says:
    Feb 5, 2013 2:23 PM
    @ slclions

    Most, if not all, CFL teams play in indoor stadiums. And they probably always host the Grey Cup indoors.

    ——————————————-

    2 of 8 CFL teams play indoors, and a 3rd (Montreal) goes indoors for playoffs only. Roughly 50% of Grey Cups are outdoors.

    Why post statements as facts that you have no clue about?

  33. granadafan says: Feb 5, 2013 4:38 PM

    There are lots of fans who are hoping for the mother of all snow and ice storms during next year’s Super Bowl just to stick it to Roger Goodell and his idiotic decision to hold it in a cold weather stadium. Of course, Goodell won’t be affected as he’s sitting in a nice warm luxury suite.

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