Goodell happy despite blackout

McClatchy news servicesFebruary 5, 2013 

The blackout at the Superdome will not stop the Super Bowl from returning to New Orleans.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that despite the electrical outage that delayed Sunday night’s game for 34 minutes, the city did a “terrific” job hosting its first pro football championship in the post-Katrina era.

“Let me reiterate … what an extraordinary job the City of New Orleans has done,” Goodell said Monday at a post-Super Bowl press conference held for the game’s most valuable player, Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco, and winning coach John Harbaugh. “The most important thing is to make sure people understand it was a fantastic week.”

New Orleans has been the host city for 10 Super Bowls, including Baltimore’s 34-31 victory over San Francisco on Sunday, tied for the most with Miami.

It was the city’s first Super Bowl since 2002 and officials were hoping it would serve as a favorable showcase — on a global scale — for how far it has come since being devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Though the loss of power was an embarrassment, Goodell said not to worry.

“I do not think (the blackout) will have an effect on future Super Bowls in New Orleans,” Goodell said. “I fully expect to be back here for Super Bowls. I hope we will be back. We want to be back here.”

FANS WAGER $98.9 MILLION

Sports fans bet a record $98.9 million at Nevada casinos on the Super Bowl, the Nevada Gaming Control Board said Monday.

Unaudited tallies show 183 sports books made $7.2 million on the football action. The San Francisco 49ers started out as 5-point favorites but the Baltimore Ravens won, 34-31.

Oddsmakers say California fans drove the unprecedented handle, flooding Las Vegas and the Lake Tahoe area with wagers on the hometown team, which hadn’t been in the Super Bowl since 1995.

“Northern Nevada gets swamped with 49er money,” LVH book director Jay Kornegay said.

Bookmakers speculated that the popularity of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who played his college football at Nevada, drove some of the betting among locals.

The previous record was set in 2006, when gamblers wagered $94.5 million on the Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh won, 21-10, as a 4-point favorite.

Bookmakers said they took a beating this year on proposition bets, including a long shot on whether there would be a safety. Ravens punter Sam Koch took a safety for the final score with 4 seconds remaining.

SUPER BUST IN CANADA

Police in Ontario, Canada, say they busted a multimillion-dollar gambling operation when they raided an invitation-only Super Bowl event.

Six men have been arrested and face illegal gambling-related charges following the Sunday night raid at a packed hall in Markham, north of Toronto. More than 2,300 people were said to be there.

EXTRA POINTS

Rookie linebacker Brandon Joiner, who was indicted in 2008 for robbery, has been activated by the Bengals after completing his term in a Texas prison. … The Cowboys reassigned receivers and assistant head coach Jimmy Robinson to be a senior coaching consultant to clear the way to hire former University of Tennessee coach Derek Dooley. … The Lions released wide receiver Titus Young, who was drafted out of Boise State in 2001. … An attorney for the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission says it is unlikely it will implement the Rams’ $750 million plan to upgrade the Edward Jones Dome. With no plan, the team’s lease with the Dome becomes year-to-year starting in March 2015.

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