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Next Super Bowl Act Said She Wasn't That 'Kind of Girl'

Katy Perry said she wouldn't pay to play halftime show

(Newser) - Billboard last night broke the news that, based on sources, the 2015 Super Bowl halftime performer will be neither Rihanna nor Coldplay but ... Katy Perry. Which is interesting, because when she appeared on ESPN's College GameDay on Saturday, as Rolling Stone notes, Perry talked about the fact that... More »

NFL to Would-Be Halftime Acts: Pay Up

League looking for money, with Coldplay, Katy Perry, and Rihanna the finalists

(Newser) - Coldplay, Katy Perry, and Rihanna: One of them will headline next year's Super Bowl halftime show, and it might just come down to whoever is willing to shell out for the privilege. Citing "people familiar with the matter," the Wall Street Journal reports that the NFL, in... More »

Super Bowl L? Nope, NFL Makes Exception

In 2016, it will be Super Bowl 50

(Newser) - Quick, how many Super Bowls have there been? If you don't know, it's probably because this year's game was promoted as Super Bowl XLVIII—and you'd be forgiven if your Roman numeral skills are rusty. Well, good news, my ancient-number-system-challenged friends: In 2016, the NFL is... More »

Minneapolis Awarded 2018 Super Bowl

New stadium helps city beat New Orleans, Indianapolis

(Newser) - If you build it, the Super Bowl will come. That message rang loud and clear yesterday when Minneapolis was awarded the 2018 game after a vote by NFL owners rewarded the city for its new stadium deal. The owners chose Minneapolis and the $1 billion stadium planned for the site... More »

Flea: Chili Peppers Faked It at Super Bowl

But Flea has a pretty good reason why

(Newser) - The Red Hot Chili Peppers weren't playing their instruments when they joined Bruno Mars for a Super Bowl halftime show watched by a record 115 million people , bassist Flea confirmed after photos surfaced on Vulture of him onstage with an unplugged guitar. In an open letter , he explains that... More »

FBI Rescues 16 Teens in Super Bowl Sex Sting

Some were only 13 years old; authorities arrest 45 alleged pimps

(Newser) - Sixteen kids ranging in age from 13 to 17 were rescued in a prostitution sting linked to the Super Bowl, reports Fox News . The teens came from 13 different states, and some had been reported missing by their families, reports AP . Some were foreign nationals. The FBI said it arrested... More »

Cops: Man Bit Off Brother's Ear at Super Bowl Party

Drunken 'play wrestling' turned brutal

(Newser) - This year's Super Bowl was watched by 111.5 million Americans who didn't bite anybody's ears off—and by Sean Fallon-Nebbia of Rochester, NY. Cops say the 27-year-old bit off part of his 26-year-old brother's ear and beat him unconscious after "play wrestling" at the... More »

Super Bowl Snags Best Ratings in TV History

But viewership peaked when Seattle took a commanding 22-0 lead

(Newser) - Did a blowout victory get in the way of America's great TV love affair? Not at all: Brushing aside initial reports of low ratings, Deadline reports that Super Bowl XLVIII drew 111.5 million viewers—the most of any show in US history. And Bruno Mars' half-time performance with... More »

Super Bowl Shows Value of Losing

John Tamny sees a conservative lesson in Pete Carroll's comeback

(Newser) - The Seahawks' dominance last night put Pete Carroll "in an elite circle of the all-time greatest football coaches," but he wasn't always held in such high esteem, writes John Tamny at Forbes . "Failure made Pete Carroll." Carroll, you'll recall, was fired after just one... More »

9/11 Truther Grabs Mic at Postgame Interview

Matthew Mills speaks before getting ushered out

(Newser) - A member of the "9/11 truther" movement took over the microphone at a Super Bowl postgame interview last night, albeit briefly, Mediaite reports. As game MVP Malcolm Smith was being interviewed, the man got in a few words: "Investigate 9/11. 9/11 was perpetrated by people within our own... More »

This Year's Best, Worst, Super Bowl Ads

Seinfeld , Matrix revived

(Newser) - The much-anticipated Seinfeld reunion turned out to be a Super Bowl commercial, although commentators say it wasn't one of the highlights in a "middling" year for ads, which was a lot lighter in gross-outs and raunchiness than many previous years. Some highlights and lowlights, as rounded up by... More »

Insurer Skips Super Bowl Ad, Will Give You $1.5M It Saved

Esurance will give $1.5M to Twitter winner

(Newser) - Instead of coughing up for a Super Bowl ad, online insurance firm Esurance decided to buy the first ad after the game, and get attention by giving away the $1.5 million it saved, reports AdWeek. The company says the cash will go to one lucky Twitter user who tweets... More »

Seahawks Crush Broncos, 43-8

Denver horribly out of synch as Seattle dominates

(Newser) - "Omaha! Omaha! Wha?" The Denver Broncos' first play from scrimmage in Super Bowl XLVIII turned into a humiliating safety when the snap sailed by Peyton Manning's head into the end zone. That set the tone for a scoreless Denver first half, as the Seattle Seahawks defense intercepted Manning... More »

Medics Aid Fans in Crammed Public Transit

But NJ transit officials deny witness testimonies

(Newser) - A massive crush of passengers heading to Super Bowl XLVIII overwhelmed the New Jersey transit system today and caused several passengers to pass out, Gawker reports. "We got off there and it was like sardines in a can," a 28-year-old Pittsburgh resident tells the Star-Ledger of the crowd... More »

Powder Sent to Hotels Near Super Bowl Is Harmless

It's believed to be cornstarch or baking soda

(Newser) - Authorities in New Jersey today had to deal with a Super Bowl security scare that now appears to be a hoax. Envelopes with white powder turned up at several hotels near MetLife stadium and at other sites, but the powder appears to be cornstarch, reports NBC New York and the... More »

Bunny, Manatees, Porcupine Predict Super Bowl Winner

But the animals can't agree

(Newser) - One way or another, a horse or a bird is going home with the Lombardi Trophy for Super Bowl XLVIII. The big game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks is just around the corner, and it's the first Super Bowl to be played on Groundhog Day, so what... More »

Super Bowl Ticket Prices Are Pretty Nuts

And even billionaires are expected to ride the bus

(Newser) - Hoping to attend Super Bowl XLVIII? No problem: All you need is around $2,700 bucks (for the worst possible seat, mind you) and the patience to navigate public transit (as driving/parking will be a nightmare). In case you're rich, the NFL's official used-ticket marketplace is selling front-row,... More »

Seahawks Beat 49ers, Are Super Bowl-Bound

They'll face Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII after a 23-17 win

(Newser) - "Every ounce of your energy, every moment spent watching film has been worth it, because we made it." Indeed. So said Seattle Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, whose game-saving deflection in the end zone with 22 seconds left was caught by teammate Malcolm Smith to clinch the 23-17... More »

Also Rocking Super Bowl: Chili Peppers

They'll join Bruno Mars for halftime show

(Newser) - Bruno Mars will have help from the Red Hot Chili Peppers when he performs at the Super Bowl next month. Mars announced today that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will join him as part of his halftime show. Super Bowl halftime performers often have collaborators; last year, Beyonce... More »

Study: Most Super Bowl Ads Do Squat

Only 1 in 5 results in a sales uptick, according to a research firm

(Newser) - With two months to go before the Feb. 2 Super Bowl, Fox had already sold out of all available ad slots for the game, the Wall Street Journal reported—but those who shelled out an average $4 million for 30 seconds of airtime might be fooling themselves. Some 80% of... More »

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