A lopsided game and complaints by some fans about transportation issues didn’t dampen NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s enthusiasm for Sunday’s Super Bowl. Goodell said Monday that he was extremely pleased with the results of the sport’s first Super Bowl held in the New York area.
Goodell called it a “terrific Super Bowl” and said: “It was an extraordinary week of events and we were thrilled to be here. Obviously our work continues today as we work to get our fans back out of town and back home. But everyone seemed to have a terrific time. We had a couple things that we obviously will review and try to improve on. But overall I think the event was tremendously successful.”
The Seattle Seahawks overwhelmed the Denver Broncos 43-8, dominating what was supposed to be a compelling matchup. That came after fans attending the game complained about overcrowding at a train station en route to the Meadowlands.
NFL officials countered by calling it the earliest-arriving crowd in Super Bowl history, with more than 80,000 fans having passed through stadium security more than an hour before kickoff.
That came after a mostly glitch-free week, however. Snow arrived in the New York area Monday, the day after the game, but Sunday was mild and free of weather-related issues.
• Kyle Shanahan was hired as Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Monday after spending the previous four years in the same role with the Washington Redskins. New Browns coach Mike Pettine, hired Jan. 23 to replace Rob Chudzinski, has been a defensive assistant, so he will rely heavily on Shanahan, who has been a coordinator for the past six seasons and has 10 years as an NFL assistant.
• For the fourth time in five years, the Super Bowl set a record for the most-watched television event in U.S. history, drawing 111.5 million viewers even though the game wasn’t really competitive. The game also set standards for the most-streamed sports event online and, with 24.9 million tweets, the biggest U.S. live TV event on Twitter.
• Two in three bettors put money on Denver, which closed as a 2½-point favorite, according to data provided by four online sports books and a survey of bookies. It meant Nevada sports books were not only likely to surpass last year’s record of $98.9 million of action on the Super Bowl, but they could surpass the $15.4 million in profit the books won in 2005.
• Seattle’s victory cost Houston furniture store mogul Jim McIngvale some $7 million. McIngvale, who owns Gallery Furniture, promised customers who spent at least $6,000 in the past two weeks and took delivery before Sunday’s game that he would refund their purchase cost if the Seahawks won.
• The Oakland Raiders hired Joe Woods as defensive backs coach and Marcus Robertson as assistant secondary coach. Woods spent the past eight years coaching the secondary with the Vikings and has been an NFL assistant for 10 years.
• The Green Bay Packers announced plans to increase prices by $3 for each general seating and suite ticket next season.