A Super Bowl's Impact
On February 1, the Tampa Bay area plays host to its fourth Super Bowl, and organizers say it could not come at a better time. The state and local economy is hurting, and the Tampa Bay Super Bowl Host Committee says the game will be a much-needed boost to the area. Preliminary figures suggest Super Bowl XLIII will bring $300 million to the Bay area. But despite reports that put the economic impact of the game at $500 million last year in Arizona and $463 million in Miami the year before, some economists argue those numbers are over-inflated. This week, join us as we explore the lasting impact of hosting a Super Bowl in Tampa.
Listen to Phil Porter analyze the differences between hosting World Series games - like St. Petersburg did in the fall - and hosting the Super Bowl.
Listen to Porter discuss Tampa Bay's bid for the Olympics and the impact they Olympic Games have on host communities.
Listen to Reid Sigmon explain why the host committee re-sodded the field in Raymond James and the increasing requirements the NFL has put on host cities.
Listen to Sigmon talk about why the NFL cares about having a positive impact - economic and otherwise - on communities that host the Suepr Bowl.
Listen to Sefan Fatsis consider how his experience as a kicker in the NFL has changed his view on the league.
Listen to Fatsis talk about the relationship between the NFL and Super Bowl host cities and why cities still want to host the game, even in a down economy.
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