LOS ANGELES, Calif. (FNN SPORTS) – On Friday at the Los Angeles Convention Center, FNN News Los Angeles spoke with President & CEO of the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission, LASEC) Kathryn Schloessman. After 25 years of hoping to host the Super Bowl, visiting other cities hosting the game, and construction delays due to weather related push-backs in the last few years, Los Angeles finally gets to host the biggest sporting event of the year in the United States.
FNN Los Angeles asked Schloessman what it was like working with the NFL on finally making it happen this year. “We feel lucky to have such a globally known event in our market. There is a lot of power there, a lot of funds they put in our city, and it has been a great partnership.” Schloessman said. The considerable amount of time to plan for an event of this magnitude leaves nothing to chance. planning for the Super Bowl began years ago. Speaking about the most challenging part of her work, Schloessman said, “We were awarded this event in 2016, trying to reign in all the ideas to focus on what will have the biggest impact on our city.”
While there are many sports & entertainment events throughout the year in Los Angeles, LASEC seems to concentrate on the large events, they are currently bidding on the 2026 World Cup, concentrating on the largest hotel room impact and overall economic impact events. “We did an economic impact survey and conservatively anywhere from $250 million to $477 million dollar impact. It’s pretty obvious, there are a lot of visitors who come to the Super Bowl, a lot of people who don’t stay for the game, but come for all the activities like the Super Bowl Experience and other things going on in the city, it’s a great networking event for people and some people just want to come and have a great weekend away, you know, in Cincinnati there is an ice storm today, it’s 70 degrees here, how happy are they?”
Schloessman did not think the lingering pandemic would have much of an impact on the final numbers odd what the commission expects for the upcoming Super Bowl weekend. “I think the numbers are still going to be really high, because we are coming out of it. People are ready to go out and do things. We know how to do things safely, we have a mask mandate, the NFL has been very careful working with the Department of Health, making sure they are doing everything right here to keep everybody safe. So I think people are just anxious to get out and experience some fun again.”
Erik Leibin is a sports reporter for FNN News Los Angeles, part of the the FNN News Network. | firstname.lastname@example.org
Jaguars Fall to Texans 37-17
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Florida National News) – The Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2) lost to the Houston Texans (1-2) 37-17 at EverBank Stadium, after falling behind early and failing to catch up. WR Zay Jones and RB JaMycal Hasty were inactive today due to injuries.
K Brandon McManus missed a 48 yard field goal at the end of the Jaguars’ first possession of the game. The Texans scored the first points of the game with a one yard touchdown run from RB Dameon Pierce, followed by the extra point from K Ka’imi Fairbairn, to put Houston up 7-0, which remained the score at the end of the first quarter.
McManus had another 51 yard field goal attempt early in the second quarter which was blocked by Texans DE Will Anderson Jr. On the next drive, QB CJ Stroud completed a 4 yard touchdown pass to TE Brevin Jordan, followed by the extra point from Fairbairn, extending the Texans lead to 14-0. The Texans added a 28 yard Fairbairn field goal just before halftime, to put the Texans ahead 17-0.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the halftime show was performed by the Venezuela Marka Foundation Dancers, and the ¡Somos Duuuval! signage could be found in various spots throughout the stadium, today.
On the first drive of the third quarter, RB Tank Bigsby scored with a 1 yard touchdown run, followed by an extra point from Brandon McManus, to narrow the deficit to 17-7. McManus added a 33 yard field goal later in the quarter, making it 17-10. But on McManus’ kickoff, Texans FB Andrew Beck returned the ball 85 yards for a touchdown, followed by Fairbairn’s extra point, putting the Texans up 24-10, which remained the score at the end of the third.
Early in the fourth quarter, Fairbairn added another 26 yard field goal, extending the Texans’ lead to 27-10. The Jaguars answered with a scoring drive culminating in a 26 yard QB Trevor Lawrence to WR Christian Kirk touchdown pass, followed by McManus’ extra point, to make it 27-17. But the Texans scored another touchdown on a 68 yard Stroud to WR Tank Dell pass, with Fairbairn’s extra point, putting them up 34-17. Another 33 yard Fairbairn field goal extended their lead to 37-17. Jaguars backup QB C.J. Beathard played the final drive for Jacksonville.
Trevor Lawrence finished with 279 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Travis Etienne Jr. led the Jaguars’ rushing with 88 yards. Evan Engram was the leading receiver with 67 yards.
Today’s attendance was 61,466. The Jaguars will fly to London for the next two weeks. They’ll face the Atlanta Falcons at Wembley Stadium Sunday, 10/1, at 9:30 a.m. EST, and the Buffalo Bills at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Sunday, 10/8, at 9:30 a.m. After their European tour, the team will return to Jacksonville to face the Indianapolis Colts in a rematch of their week one game, which the Jags won 31-21. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Sunday, 10/15. Be sure to follow www.FloridaSportsChannel.com and www.FloridaNationalNews.com for more.
VIDEO: Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans on 27-17 Win Against Chicago Bears
TAMPA BAY, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers veteran wide receiver Mike Evans talks with Todd Grasley after the Bucs defeat the Chicago Bear 27-17.
Video by Todd Grasley, Florida National News Tampa reporter
Jaguars Fall to Chiefs 17-9
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Florida National News) – The Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1) lost to the Kansas City Chiefs (1-1) in their first home game of the season at the newly renamed EverBank Stadium. The Jags also lost to the Chiefs in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs to end last season. Chiefs TE Travis Kelce returned to the field after missing week one with a knee injury. Jaguars RB JaMycal Hasty did not play today, as he was on the inactive list with an unspecified injury.
On the first drive of the game, QB Trevor Lawrence surpassed 8,000 passing yards for his career. He’s currently in fifth place all-time in team history, behind Byron Leftwich’s 9,042 yards. The first scoring drive of the game ended with a 32 yard K Brandon McManus field goal a couple of minutes into the second quarter, putting the Jags up 3-0. Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes had the first touchdown pass of the game, with a 9 yard completion to WR Skyy Moore, followed by a K Harrison Butker extra point, to put the Chiefs up 7-3 with just 27 seconds before halftime. The Jaguars made the most of the time remaining, setting up Brandon McManus to add a 49 yard field goal, narrowing their deficit to 7-6 at the half.
In the third quarter, Patrick Mahomes found Travis Kelce in the end zone for a 9 yard touchdown pass. Harrison Butker added the extra point, to put the Chiefs ahead 14-6.
The Jaguars early 4th quarter scoring drive ended with a 22 yard Brandon McManus field goal, to make the score 14-9. Harrison Butker later added a 38 yard field goal putting the Chiefs up 17-9.
Trevor Lawrence finished with 216 yards but no touchdowns. Travis Etienne Jr. led the Jaguars’ rushing with 40 yards. Christian Kirk was the leading receiver with 110 yards.
Today’s attendance was 69,615. The Houston Texans will be in Jacksonville Sunday, 9/24, to face the Jags. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Be sure to follow www.FloridaSportsChannel.com and www.FloridaNationalNews.com for more.
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