Super Bowl LIV will “simply” generate $1 billion in income, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell instructed “Sunday Morning Futures” host Maria Bartiromo in an unique interview airing on Fox Information Channel Sunday.
Goodell mentioned that the Tremendous Bowl turns into “larger and larger yearly.”
“And, it turns into extra difficult due to that. However, that is additionally the enjoyable of it. As a result of extra folks share in it. And, extra folks have a chance to be a part of the Tremendous Bowl,” he mentioned.
Each groups had been among the many prime seeds within the NFL Playoffs and gained their convention championship video games decisively.
“We’re pleased with our 100-year anniversary. It has been a beautiful celebration for us, in order that’s nice,” mentioned Goodell, who famous that each groups in Tremendous Bowl LIV have storied histories.
The Chiefs are showing within the Tremendous Bowl for the primary time since 1970, after they defeated the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 in Tremendous Bowl IV. San Francisco has gained 5 Tremendous Bowls, however haven’t lifted the Lombardi trophy since 1995. Colin Kaepernick led the 49ers to their most up-to-date Tremendous Bowl look in 2013, however San Francisco fell 34-31 to the Baltimore Ravens in Tremendous Bowl XLVII.
“We’re excited in regards to the sport, in fact,” Goodell mentioned, ” however the occasion is greater than a soccer sport.”
“It is one thing very particular that folks look ahead to and plan round. It is primarily change into its personal holiday,” he acknowledged.
The buildup to the massive sport has been overshadowed in some respects by the sudden lack of NBA celebrity Kobe Bryant, who died alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and 7 others in a helicopter crash in Southern California.
Goodell mentioned that crash was a horrible “tragedy.”
“I believe it is laborious for all of us to fathom that sort of disappointment,” he instructed Bartiromo.
“And, it unfolded just about in the course of the center of our Professional Bowl final week,” Goodell continued. “So, we started [tributes] instantly. His image was up within the stadium making our followers conscious of the unhappy information — paying tribute to him. A second of silence. We did it once more on Monday evening,”
“So, we have continued to maintain him, his household, all people, in our ideas and prayers. And, clearly, had alternatives for our gamers to precise their disappointment about all the circumstance,” he added.
Watch Maria Bartiromo’s unique interview with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on ‘Sunday Morning Futures’ at 10 a.m. ET on Sunday, February 2.
Fox Information’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.