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Anyone have experience working the Super Bowl?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by adelosr1, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. adelosr1

    adelosr1 New Member

    I'm credentialed for my first Super Bowl this year and was just wondering if anyone on here had any tips/pointers/anecdotes/warnings about what to expect and how things usually run.
  2. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    Don't do a lot of blow the night before
    Don't head to Mexico the night before
    Don't proposition an undercover police officer.

    That about covers it.
  3. TGO157

    TGO157 Active Member

    Avoid "Famous Love Acts." Seriously, don't go in there.
  4. adelosr1

    adelosr1 New Member

    Haha, OK, maybe I should've added that I'm a New Orleans resident and I don't need tips on how not to get too shit-hammered or not contract an STD.
  5. lesboulez

    lesboulez Member

    be really hot and you'll get googled a lot.
  6. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    No humblebragging from the pressbox.
  7. RonClements

    RonClements Active Member

    I was fortunate enough to cover the Super Bowl in Dallas two years ago and, aside from the snow and icy weather, I had a blast.
    Try to do everything you can. Go to every press conference possible, hit the media party, network and, most importantly, get the stories you're supposed to get, but also look out for the ones you may not have been asked to do, but present themselves. The latter is why you go to every press conference you can, as long as it doesn't interfere with your original assignment, and you talk with the people sitting around you in the media work room. Don't talk their ear off, just introduce yourself and your outlet.
    But, definitely talk to people - it's how I got into Jim McMahon's Super Bowl party the night before the game - and hit every press conference - especially the Hall of Fame announcement, the NFLPA's and the commissioner's.

    YGBFKM Guest

    Mizzougrad not checking his Google alerts? :D
  9. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    RonClements' advice was excellent. It leaves very little to add, and since you live in New Orleans, you know where to eat. If you have any hidden restaurant gems, recommending them to visiting press and bigwigs is an excellent way to network. You'll be popular.
  10. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    I'm stunned he wasn't the first to respond. Is he sick? Dead?

  11. adelosr1

    adelosr1 New Member

    I've taken Michael_ Gee's advice and put up a post recommending all the best places to eat food and listen to live music in NOLA http://www.sportsjournalists.com/forum/threads/94390/
  12. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Ha ha ha... :D

    It depends on what capacity you're there in. If you're the beat writer, or the team is from your area, it will be one of the craziest weeks of your life.

    If you're there in a backup capacity, it can be quite fun, especially in New Orleans.

    New Orleans is the perfect place to have it. It makes it so much easier than some of the other host cities.
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