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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

2005 Super Bowl XXXIX - Oakland's Bid; Zennie Abraham's Work

An article written by Oakland Tribune Columnist Monte Poole talks about how Oakland could have hosted the 2005 Super Bowl, which was in Jacksonville and explains my role in the bid. Here's a taste of the text:

For the next eight days, Jacksonville, the Florida city unable to be Miami or Tampa or Orlando, will host Super Bowl XXXIX, thus making its first attempt to hog the international spotlight.

It's an opportunity for the NFL to see Jacksonville's act in the clutch.

An opportunity that was sought by Oakland and could have gone to Oakland.

One man, Zennie Abraham, who attempted to facilitate a deal to bring Super Bowl XXXIX to Network Associates Coliseum, insists it should have gone to Oakland.

"Yes, in capital letters," Abraham said. "We could have kicked ass."

Now the CEO of Sports Business Simulations, Abraham spent five years working for the City of Oakland, the last two as an adviser for the city's Community and Economic Development Agency (CEDA), where he reported to Robert Bobb, then the city manager.

For nearly two years beginning in late 1998, Abraham's crusade was to bring a Super Bowl to Oakland, which stepped in when it became apparent San Francisco might not get a new stadium and certainly wouldn't by 2005.
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