Media gets to work ahead of Super Bowl

Paul Jannace
Super Bowl XLIV

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Security has certainly been increased since last year, as bomb-sniffing dogs will now walk through each room prior to every press conference. It came as a surprise to most reporters, and even some wondered out loud if there was a real threat or if it was simply a change in security measures being taken.

Thankfully, it was the latter, and once all reporters have arrived for the press conference, we are to leave our belongings in the room while the K-9 walks through the room to make sure (again) that everything is safe.

Monday really was the first full day of work for the media (not counting those covering the Pro Bowl), as both teams arrived and were made available for comment and the week of countless press conferences, roundtable discussions and various other clinics, concerts and activities in South Florida.

Now, I probably jinxed myself by taking all big about the great weather here in Fort Lauderdale, so when I got all those texts today asking, “How is sunny Florida?” I had to answer with a resounding – “I don’t know.”

That’s because we experienced a day-long downpour that has not let up. It is also pretty windy, but the temperatures hit 70 degrees today, so you can’t complain all that much.

Tuesday is the biggest day of the week for the media. It is the famous “Media Day” at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, where all players and coaches will be available for an hour each on the field. I did not get to experience that last season, so hopefully the rain holds off.

From what I’ve heard from veterans of the Super Bowl and seen on TV over the years, every type of media outlet comes out of the woods for this one. Sounds like it should be a fun day and some interesting questions and answers could be thrown out.

Not to beat a dead horse, but the Super Bowl planning committee held its press conference Monday and discussed what goes into the planning. It still amazes me how all this comes together and runs as smoothly as it does.

It reminds me of when New York City tried to get the 2012 Olympics on the condition they could get the stadium built on the west side of Manhattan. As much as I love the city I grew up in and would be proud to have it host a Super Bowl or Olympics, it’s hard for me to imagine it being a convenient host city for the media and, most importantly, tourists.

There just is too much hustle and bustle for it to work as well as classic host cities of Miami, New Orleans, or Tampa Bay might be. Throw in the weather factor, and I believe the biggest city will never host the biggest game.

Paul Jannace, sports editor at the Daily Reporter in Wellsville, N.Y., is covering Super Bowl XLIV in Miami.