Staging the Super Bowl: NFL executives to provide inside look at BGSU

The attention of millions of football fans will turn to Detroit for Super Bowl XL on Feb. 5. But the National Football League’s focus has long been on the Motor City as it prepares to host the championship game.

A group of NFL executives will take time out from their preparations Thursday (Jan. 26) to give a BGSU audience a behind-the-scenes look at staging the Super Bowl.

Dick Maxwell of NFL Broadcasting Operations will be among the panelists, whose free, public presentation will begin at 8 p.m. in 115 Olscamp Hall. A 1970 Bowling Green graduate, Maxwell is the primary liaison between the league and its television rights holders.

Joining him on the panel will be Frank Supovitz, head of NFL Special Events, who is in charge of the Super Bowl operation; Kimberly Fields, also of NFL Special Events, who is involved with community events and minority initiatives; Pete Abitante of NFL Communications, who oversees the media schedule; Leslie Hammond, who deals with specific media requests, including credentials, for NFL Communications; Paul Ridgeway of Ridgeway International, who coordinates transportation and parking, and David Tossell of NFL International, who is based in London and will offer an international perspective.

At 7:45 p.m., a video about events surrounding Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston will open the presentation, which is being hosted by BGSU’s Sport Management Alliance. The alliance is a student organization within the Sport Management, Recreation and Tourism (SMRT) Division of the School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies, part of the College of Education and Human Development.

The NFL executives are coming to Bowling Green “solely because of Dick Maxwell’s high regard for our sport management program and our faculty and students,” according to Dr. Jacquelyn Cuneen, chair of the SMRT Division.

“Whenever he has NFL business in Cincinnati, Cleveland or Detroit, he always calls ahead and asks if he can speak in a few classes or visit a Sport Management Alliance meeting,” Cuneen added. “He is a natural-born educator, and the students are fascinated with the insights he shares about the sport industry.”
January 23, 2006