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Anti-Gay Bill Could Cost Atlanta a Super Bowl

NFL warns it will look at local, state laws to make sure they're non-discriminatory

(Newser) - The Atlanta Falcons have a new stadium under construction and hopes of landing future Super Bowls, but if Georgia House Bill 757 is signed into law, the Georgia capital may never nab the big game, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The so-called "Religious Freedom Bill," which would give religious... More »

Beyonce Backlash: 'Race-Baiting' Act Spawns a Protest

Protest planned for Feb. 16 outside NFL's NYC headquarters

(Newser) - Red Lobster may be one of Beyonce's newest fans , but her Super Bowl halftime performance—which featured Bey and entourage dressed in Black Panther-like attire dancing in an "X" shape in tribute to Malcolm X, Time notes—is being slammed as "hate speech" and is now the... More »

For Stadium Workers, Super Bowl Is Not So Super

Gabriel Thompson describes working 16 hours, some unpaid

(Newser) - Gabriel Thompson was paid $12.25 an hour as a concession worker at Levi's Stadium during Super Bowl 50. Not bad, right? Well, he writes at Slate , it's a little more nuanced than that: Thompson clocked in at 8:36am, more than 90 minutes after he arrived at... More »

5 Best, Worst Super Bowl Ads

Jeep is at the top for 'Portraits,' and bowel relief is at the bottom

(Newser) - The usual parade of animals, celebs, and goofy gags filled this year's Super Bowl ads, but AdWeek crowns the quieter Jeep "Portraits" as its champ. The "lovely spot," airing at halftime, tells Jeep's history through a series of photos. "Giving viewers something thoughtful, and... More »

How Beyonce Ruled the Weekend

Blowing Coldplay away at Super Bowl was just the start

(Newser) - Beyonce not only stole the Super Bowl halftime show from Coldplay with a dazzling performance of her provocative new single "Formation," she made nearly as many headlines as the Denver Broncos' surprise win over the Carolina Panthers. A roundup:
  • Vox looks at how Beyonce—who appeared "flanked
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Denver Shocks Carolina, 24-10

Broncos defense controls favored Panthers

(Newser) - The Denver Broncos upset the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday with a dominating defense that forced four turnovers—two of which turned into touchdowns, USA Today reports. Denver opened with two scores in the first quarter, a Brandon McManus 34-yard field goal and a strip-sack of... More »

Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Beyonce Dazzle at Bowl

Halftime show is up-tempo, colorful, and kinda crazed

(Newser) - Coldplay kicked off a jubilant and colorful Super Bowl halftime show with lead singer Chris Martin appearing to spend most of the time in mid-air, the Guardian reports. They performed "Yellow," "Viva La Vida," and "Adventure of a Lifetime" as people around them played violins,... More »

Man Who Killed Friend Over Super Bowl Bet Gets Life in Prison

'They cheated my team'

(Newser) - A 31-year-old New Jersey man who killed his "longtime friend" after losing a Super Bowl bet in 2013 was sentenced to life in prison on Friday, the New York Daily News reports. Eddie Roberson bet his friend Talif Crowley $700 that the San Francisco 49ers would beat the Baltimore... More »

This Man Owns the Only Recording of Super Bowl I

And the NFL doesn't want him showing it

(Newser) - "The first Super Bowl was always our holy grail of lost sports programs ," a curator at the Paley Center for Media tells the New York Times . Well, it's not lost anymore, having been found by Troy Haupt in the attic of his childhood home in North Carolina.... More »

Commercial Stars 'Babies' Conceived After Super Bowl

Super Bowl babies from 1967 to 2014 are represented

(Newser) - Some people go to Disney World after a big Super Bowl win. More of us head to the bedroom, at least according to the NFL. Though it doesn't point to specific data, the NFL says winning Super Bowl cities see a baby boom about nine months after the big... More »

Taco Bell Teases 'Mystery' Menu Item

Is it the 'Quesalupa'?

(Newser) - Taco Bell is keeping a new food product under wraps until the Super Bowl and allowing people to order the item without knowing what it is, the LA Times reports. Brave diners can place orders at this website ($2.99 per, maximum order of five) and pick them up Saturday,... More »

Patriots Fan's Premature Tattoo: Super Bowl 'Champs'

Burke O'Connell will be wearing pants for a while to cover up ink

(Newser) - A New England Patriots fan was a bit premature when he got a tattoo declaring the team champions of a game they never reached—yet he says he has no regrets. Burke O'Connell, 31, says he strongly believed the Patriots would win the AFC Championship and advance to the... More »

Panthers Owner: Entire Staff Going to Super Bowl on My Dime

Even the interns, per Jerry Richardson

(Newser) - From interns to executives, every member of the Carolina Panthers staff will be going to the Super Bowl thanks to the generosity of team owner Jerry Richardson, the Charlotte Observer reports. Per Sporting News , Richardson will pay for every full-time employee and one guest to travel to the San Francisco... More »

'Lost' First Super Bowl to Be Aired Again

For the first time since it was first televised

(Newser) - For the first time since it originally aired in 1967, Super Bowl I will be re-aired, CNNMoney reports. The NFL Network will broadcast the matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs (spoiler alert: The Packers won 35 to 10) on Jan. 15. Tapes of the game,... More »

Coldplay Getting Giant Star Assist at Halftime Show

Beyonce will join the band

(Newser) - The naming of the headline act elicited groans , but this might help: Beyonce will join Coldplay during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show next month, reports Us Weekly . The best bet is that she'll join the band on "Hymn for the Weekend," a song on which she... More »

America Groans Over NFL's Pick for Super Bowl Headliner

Coldplay is 'dull, soulless dad rock'

(Newser) - Coldplay will try to outshine Left Shark, er, Katy Perry during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show. The NFL has named the British band the musical headliner of the big game on Feb. 7, per the Wall Street Journal . The show will come two months after the release of Coldplay'... More »

Post-Super Bowl Slot Goes to Colbert in Historic Move

First time the coveted TV slot has gone to a late-night show

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert has landed the coveted post-Super Bowl time slot on CBS this winter. The network said Wednesday that a special edition of Colbert's Late Show will air directly after the Feb. 7 game, the first time that distinction has gone to a late-night show. Late local news will... More »

Brady Gives Rookie Star His MVP Truck

Malcolm Butler collects the keys for his interception

(Newser) - Tom Brady won the MVP trophy, but the rookie who made the Super Bowl's clutch play is getting the truck. As a way to thank Malcolm Butler for his game-saving interception, Brady gave Butler the Chevy pickup that came along with Brady's MVP honors in Super Bowl XLIX,... More »

Super Bowl Sets All-Time US Viewing Record

Yet again, it's America's most-watched TV event ever

(Newser) - An estimated 114.4 million people watched New England's thrilling win over Seattle , making it the fifth time in six years that a Super Bowl game has set a record for the most-watched event in US television history. The viewership eclipses the 112.2 million who watched Seattle beat... More »

Katy Perry's Post-Super Bowl Activity: XLIX Tattoo

Plus: Did she or did she not diss Taylor Swift?

(Newser) - Katy Perry will never forget performing at last night's 49th Super Bowl—because after her halftime show was over, she got XLIX tattooed on her finger, the Daily Mail reports. "I thought it would be appropriate to draw blood tonight," Perry captioned an Instagram picture of the... More »

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