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Monday, January 15, 2007

Prince To Perform at Pepsi Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show

Prince to perform at Pepsi Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show - Superbowl.com

NEW YORK (Dec. 10, 2006) -- Prince, one of the world's most electrifying performers, is set to perform in the Pepsi Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show on CBS at Dolphin Stadium in South Florida on Sunday, Feb. 4, the NFL announced today. The announcement was made live on CBS' NFL pregame show, The NFL Today.

Prince is more than just one of the world's most popular and influential musicians -- he is an international icon. One of the greatest living performers of our time, he has sold nearly 100 million albums and is a member of The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He has won six Grammy Awards (he's one of the leading nominees this year with five Grammy nominations) and five American Music Awards. He has one of the most recognizable and successful bodies of work of any musician, consisting of 20 Top 10 hits which include "Purple Rain," "Little Red Corvette," "1999," "Kiss," "When Doves Cry," "Cream," "Diamonds and Pearls" and countless others. There is no question that when it comes to his achievements, Prince has made an indelible mark on rock 'n roll history.

The Super Bowl is annually the nation's highest-rated TV program. More than 141 million viewers watched last year's game in the U.S. Super Bowl XLI will be broadcast to a potential worldwide audience of 1 billion in more than 230 countries and territories.

This year marks the first time Pepsi, which has been an NFL sponsor the past five seasons, has sponsored the Super Bowl halftime show.

Don Mischer Productions and White Cherry Entertainment will produce the Pepsi Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show as part of their season-long marquee entertainment agreement with the NFL. The two companies produced the NFL Opening Kickoff 2006 special from Pittsburgh and the Thanksgiving special from Kansas City on NFL Network. In addition to the halftime show, they also will produce the Super Bowl XLI pregame show. Don Mischer Productions will serve as executive producer and director, while White Cherry Entertainment, led by Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss, will serve as executive producers. The NFL has worked the past three years with both Don Mischer Productions and White Cherry Entertainment on Opening Kickoff and Super Bowl shows.

SUPER BOWL XLI Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash - Thursday, February 1 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.


Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash

The event includes two concerts with top musical acts and NFL players and will be taped to air on television the Saturday night before the Super Bowl. This event is part of a concert series and will be aired on VH-1.

Location: NFL Experience Built by the Home Depot
Dolphin Stadium Grounds
2269 Dan Marino Boulevard
Miami Gardens, FL 33056
Date and Time: Thursday, February 1 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Features performances by: Kanye West, Fergie and John Legend
Friday, February 2 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Features performances by Daddy Yankee and Aventura
Tickets and Cost: Tickets are $35 general admission and $50 for seats. Tickets are
available through www.ticketmaster.com.

Troupe21's Player Networking Event In Miami, Thursday, February 1, 2007

I talked to Guy Troupe, President of Troupe21, about two years ago and just before his second Players Networking Event. It's a great idea and well-presented as well. If you have a business that can benefit from working with a former NFL player, and you're going to be in Miami for Super Bowl XLI, contact Guy. The text below is from his website. Here's the location and info:

Thursday, February 1, 2007
Troupe21's Player Networking Event
Location: Bank of America Tower

The Player Networking Event™, an exclusively owned property of Troupe21 & Associates, was created to help current and former athletes transition from sports. In major team sports such as baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, hockey, football and men’s soccer—statistics say that over 1,000 professional athletes are forced to retire from a playing career each year—and an additional 30,000 athletes competing in these sports at NCAA member schools must transition to the traditional world of work annually. When faced with transition at such a young age players are looking to associate with new teams, and powerful brands, that will provide them with opportunities to display the transferable skills they have acquired as a result of years of practice and competition.

The Player Networking Event™, also known as PNE, is designed to help current and former athletes understand the importance of networking and helps to facilitate (1) athlete-to-athlete partnerships and consulting relationships; (2) exposure for organizations in place to help athletes with career transition; (3) recruiting opportunities for corporations targeting athletes as future employees; (4) access for corporations targeting athletes for partnerships, endorsement and franchising opportunities, and (4) targeted sales and marketing opportunities.

PNE, which began in professional football at the NFL Super Bowl in 1999, is a three hour networking extravaganza with soft music, food, beverages and display booths for major corporations interested in working with athletes. Sponsors and Strategic Allies help to make PNE a worthwhile experience for all involved. Click one of the links below to learn more about the expansion of PNE.

Motorola Mile At Super Bowl XLI: Ocean Drive (between 5th and 15th Streets) Miami

Motorola Mile At South Beach
Come enjoy the Motorola Mile at South Beach. From Thursday, February 1 to Sunday, February 4, Motorola is opening up Ocean Drive on Miami Beach to pedestrian only traffic, (between 5th and 15th Streets), creating a walk through South Florida History. Super Bowl XLI is the ninth Super Bowl hosted by the region. Football fans will take a trip through past South Florida Super
Bowls as they walk down the street passing photos and stories that will be used to bring those great memories to life. Motorola will light up the night with a unique lighting display featuring a tribute to the eight past Super Bowls in South Florida and Super Bowl XLI.

Location: Ocean Drive (between 5th and 15th Streets)
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Dates and Times: Thursday, February 1 to Sunday, February 4
Tickets and Cost: Free and open to the public

SUPER BOWL XLI NFL Youth Football Clinics

NFL Youth Football Clinics

Over 3,200 boys and girls ages 8-12 invited from local elementary and middle schools, youth
football programs and community youth organizations will partake in youth football clinics.
Participants will learn basic football fundamentals, sportsmanship and team work from NFL
players and youth coaches. More information is available at www.nflyouthfootball.com.
Location: Orange Bowl Stadium (January 27)

1501 NW Third Street
Miami, FL 33125
Lockhart Stadium (January 28)
1350 NW 55TH Street

Miami, FL 33309

Dates and Times: Saturday, January 27 Orange Bowl Stadium

Clinic #1: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Clinic #2: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Clinic #3: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Clinic #4: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, January 28 Lockhart Stadium

Clinic #1: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Clinic #2: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Clinic #3: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Clinic #4: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Tickets and Cost: Free Event

Super Bowl XLI -- The NFL Experience In Miami Opens Saturday, January 27 10 a.m.

NFL Experience
The NFL Experience Built by the Home Depot is the most exciting continuous event surrounding
Super Bowl XLI. The NFL Experience is pro football’s interactive theme park offering
participatory games, displays, entertainment attractions, kids’ clinics, free autograph sessions
and the largest football card show of the year. More information is available at

Location: Dolphin Stadium Grounds
2269 Dan Marino Boulevard
Miami Gardens, FL 33056
Dates and Times: Saturday, January 27 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, January 28 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday, February 1 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday, February 2 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, February 3 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, February 4* 11 a.m.

Tickets and Cost: Tickets are available via online at www.superbowl.com or via phone at
(866) TIX-4NFL (846-4635). Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for
children (12-and-under).
* Note: Closed to general public. Game Ticket Holders Only

Miami Gets Ready To Host Super Bowl XLI - The Associated Press

Seductive, sleepless Miami gets ready to play Super Bowl host
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By MATT SEDENSKY, The Associated Press
Jan 14, 2007 5:55 AM (1 day ago)
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MIAMI - When 75,000 fans pack into Dolphin Stadium for the Super Bowl, when the coin is finally tossed and that ball is first kicked, this city will become, temporarily at least, the football capital of the world.

But no matter how many tens of millions of homes the game is beamed into, Miami is like a runway model wearing an oversized football jersey that hangs to her knees. This city can't hide its seductive, playful, sleepless nature behind a facade of pigskin and turf.

Those that descend here for the big game on Feb. 4 will be greeted by the sandy coastline and pulsating clubs that have long been synonymous with this tropical playground, but also a lively arts scene, distinct neighborhoods and surprisingly serene escapes.

As game day nears, the opportunities for a visitor are as diverse as this city that is both sleek and gritty, authentic and artificial, boisterous and serene.

FOOTBALL: Game festivities kick off Jan. 29 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, with Hootie & the Blowfish performing and stars of Super Bowls past, including Jerry Rice, in attendance. Dozens of other events are scattered throughout game week, too, including Super Saturday Blast on Biscayne, a free pep rally at Bicentennial Park in Miami on Feb. 3 that is capped by fireworks.

FAMILIES: An interactive football theme park, "The NFL Experience," will be open in the Dolphin Stadium parking lot Jan. 27 and 28 and Feb. 1 through 4. Among other things, the NFL Experience offers visitors the chance to test their play-by-play broadcasting skills, experience a drive to the end zone while harnessed to a bungee and test their passing accuracy using special targets. Meanwhile, the Miami Children's Museum is offering its own football program, giving kids a chance to learn referees' signals, dress up in football gear and try to kick a field goal.

ARTS: The city's profile in the art world has grown exponentially since Art Basel, the decades-old Swiss festival, established an American outpost on Miami Beach five years ago. You're too late for the December event, but art lovers will find numerous other options, including the spectacular exhibit of glassblower Dale Chihuly's work at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables. Thousands of pieces of the artist's work hang from trees, rise from the ground and float on water; they're particularly impressive if you visit at night, though the Fairchild only stays open late on Thursdays. Elsewhere, Lorna Simpson's collection of photographic and video works closes at the Miami Art Museum on Super Bowl Sunday and "The Syringa Tree," a tale of growing up in apartheid-era South Africa, closes at the Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center in Fort Lauderdale a day earlier.

MUSIC: From Fergie to the Florida Grand Opera, musicians are packing in for concerts surrounding the game. Dolphin Stadium will play host to the "Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash" on Feb. 1, with Kanye West and John Legend among the performers. The sounds of Caribbean and Latin American music will be featured in "Nations in Rhythm" in Dania Beach on Jan. 27. Mel Torme and the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra will both be in West Palm Beach on Jan. 30; "The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration" is in Miami on Jan. 27; and Willie Nelson takes the stage at the glittering new Carnival Center for the Performing Arts in Miami on Jan. 31.

THE BEACH: Special events abound on Miami Beach during Super Bowl week. On Feb. 3, 350 top fashion models from around the world face off in Volleypalooza, which is billed as the "sexiest sporting event of the year." Clubs will likely be packed as game day nears, including Penthouse Magazine's "Going Deep" party at Mansion on Feb. 3 with Snoop Dogg performing. And in yet another "what it feels like to be in the NFL" type event, Ocean Drive between 5th and 15th Streets will shut down to vehicle traffic to create the Motorola Mile. Visitors can take a walk through exhibits highlighting Super Bowl milestones and step unto an interactive football field that allows a chance to experience scoring the winning touchdown or simply perform an end-zone dance. All that said, a visitor would be remiss to omit a day at the beach from their visit, as they would to leave without a nod to Cuban culture or Art Deco architecture.

THE UNEXPECTED: For all the chaos the Super Bowl will unleash on South Florida, visitors will likely still be able to enjoy quiet escapes. A nighttime walk from South Pointe, along the South Beach shoreline is inescapably serene. The Holocaust Memorial is a moving, typically hushed spot that allows a guest to stand beside statues of the tortured, panicked and heartbroken. And Espanola Way on South Beach feels like a lower-key Mediterranean escape for dinner or drinks.

Visitors to the city will notice the massive construction - including dozens of new hotels, AmericanAirlines Arena and the Carnival Center - that have ascended since the last time the Super Bowl stopped here, seven years ago. And one look up, at countless cranes giving way to still more high rises, means the city will transform itself again before the big game returns in 2010.

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