NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday took full responsibility for the ticket problems that forced 400 fans to miss a chance to watch Super Bowl XLV from inside Cowboys Stadium. And he said the NFL will make good for those fans who were shut out.
“It’s obviously a failure on our part, and we have to take responsibility for that,” Goodell told reporters Monday morning after introducing Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers as the game’s Most Valuable Player.
Goodell said the fans who couldn’t sit inside the stadium would be reimbursed for three times the face value of their tickets and would be invited to next year’s Super Bowl in Indianapolis at no cost. He didn’t specify whether travel arrangements would be paid for by the NFL if those fans wanted to see next year’s game.
In addition, fans who were able to attend the game but were subjected to lengthy pregame delays and were told they might not be able to watch the game from inside the stadium will be offered a full refund for the face value of their tickets.
“For the 400 people who couldn’t get into the (stadium) bowl, we’re going to be reaching out to them and inviting them to the Super Bowl next year,” Goodell said. “We’ll bring them to the Super Bowl as guests of the NFL.”
TITANS TAB MUNCHAK
The Tennessee Titans hired Hall of Famer Mike Munchak as the franchise’s 16th head coach, deciding to promote from within to replace Jeff Fisher.
Owner Bud Adams called the move a special day for the franchise; Munchak becomes the first former player to coach the team.
“Mike has been successful at everything he has been associated with at our franchise and I have no reason to believe that he won’t be successful as our head coach,” Adams said in a statement.
This will be the first head coaching job for Munchak, 50, who was selected eighth overall by the then-Houston Oilers in 1982. He played 159 regular season games with the Oilers and made nine Pro Bowls before retiring in 1994, and he became the fifth player from the franchise inducted into the Hall of Fame.
MAYOR DISAVOWS VICK’S ‘KEY TO CITY’
The Mayor of Dallas said he did not sanction giving a “key to the city” to Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who spent 18 months in prison for operating a dogfighting operation.
Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway presented the key at a ceremony in Dallas last week. In a statement, Mayor Tom Leppert distanced himself from the gift.
“The action taken was not sanctioned by my office and was not an official ceremonial honor on behalf of the city of Dallas,” he said.
In his own statement, Caraway said the key was “ceremonial.”
“These ceremonial gifts are different from the official keys to the city presented by the mayor,” he said.
As for honoring a convicted felon, Caraway said, “I care deeply about animals” and “am deeply sorry to offend anyone who loves animals.”
Leppert said he has asked the city manager to “propose guidelines to prevent this situation in the future. Caraway said he would “welcome a clarification of the guidelines.”
Super Bowl XLV was the most watched program in television history. It was seen by an average audience of 111 million viewers, breaking the record of 106.5 million set by Super Bowl XLIV last year. Denver Broncos wide receiver Eddie Royal is recovering from a hip operation. He is expected to be out for less than four months.