Government: Watch out for Super Bowl scams
Updated: Tuesday January 16, 2001 4:53 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fans buying tour packages to the Super Bowl be warned: Not all packages include game tickets.
Under federal rules, if a promoter markets a tour package as including tickets it must have the tickets in hand or have a written contract for them.
If a game ticket is not specifically mentioned in newspaper ads or other solicitation material or listed as a tour feature, the ticket is probably not included, the department said.
If an ad does not specifically state that the game ticket is included, consumers should ask about it.
If a travel agent or other tour representative states that a game ticket is included, the consumer should require, at the time of purchase, that the game ticket be presented or a written confirmation for the ticket be provided, the department said.
Under the department's rules, if a tour is supposed to include a game ticket and the buyer does not receive one, the customer is entitled to a full refund of the entire package price after returning home.
In addition, if the tour operator increases the price by more than 10 percent above that originally agreed, the consumer has the right to cancel and receive a full refund. No price increases are permitted during the last 10 days before departure.
Bergen County boss wants celebration at the Meadowlands
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Forget the "Canyon of Heroes."
Bergen County has Paterson Plank Road.
Regardless of whether the New York Giants win the Super Bowl on Jan. 28, county Executive William "Pat" Schuber wants to salute the team with a motorcade along that county road, ending with a celebration at Giants Stadium here.
"Given the Giants' strong ties to New Jersey, I believe the appropriate venue for a celebration of the team's successful 2000 season is in Bergen County," Schuber wrote team owner Wellington Mara and the operators of the Meadowlands Sports Complex on Tuesday. New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani "jumped the gun a bit" by offering to host a parade, Schuber told reporters.
"With all due respect to Mayor Giuliani, the Giants play in New Jersey, and they belong as much to New Jersey as to New York," Schuber said.
The Giants have said they will not discuss celebrations until after they play the Baltimore Ravens.
A spokesman for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, John Samerjan, said the agency "would never prematurely comment on any celebratory plans for a team."
Four former Indiana prep players in Super Bowl
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- This year's Super Bowl rosters include four players from Indiana high schools and two others who played in college at Notre Dame.
The Hoosiers playing for the Baltimore Ravens are cornerback Rod Woodson of Fort Wayne Snider and safety Corey Harris of Indianapolis Ben Davis, and the New York Giants have tackle Mike Rosenthal of Penn and punter Brad Maynard of Sheridan.
Three of those four also played college ball in Indiana, with Woodson at Purdue, Rosenthal at Notre Dame and Maynard at Ball State. Harris, the only one of the quartet to play on a state high school championship team (1987, Class 5A), attended Vanderbilt.
All four, however, were first-team All-State selections by The Associated Press: Woodson in 1981 and '82, Harris in '87, Maynard in '91 and Rosenthal in '94.
The other former Notre Dame players in the Super Bowl -- both with the Giants -- are center Dusty Zeigler and tackle Luke Petigout.
Company to offer nasal strips in Super Bowl team colors
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- If the thought of watching a Super Bowl between the New York Giants and the Baltimore Ravens takes your breath away, there's a way to breathe easy while supporting your favorite team.
CNS Inc., which makes the Breathe Right nasal strips that span the noses of many a football player, has created limited edition strips in purple and yellow for Ravens fans and blue and red for Giants supporters.
"Professional football players helped put Breathe Right on the map, and the specifically colored strips are our way of wishing the Ravens and the Giants good luck and better breathing at the same time," said Leah Stevenson, director of marketing services for the Eden Prairie-based company.
More than 100 NFL players regularly use the nasal strips on the field, including Peter Boulware and Jamal Lewis of the Ravens and Jesse Armstead, Ike Hilliard, Michael Strahan and Amani Toomer of the Giants, Stevenson said.
NFL playoff TV ratings drop
NEW YORK (AP) -- Overnight television ratings for both NFL conference championship games dropped from a year ago.
The New York Giants' 41-0 victory against Minnesota for the NFC title, leading off Sunday's doubleheader, drew a 21.6 rating and 44 share on Fox, a 22.6 percent drop from a year ago. Last year, FOX had the late game between Tampa Bay and St. Louis, which produced a 27.9 rating and 46 share.
CBS had the late game this time, Baltimore's 16-3 victory against Oakland for the AFC title, which drew a 23.2 rating and 41 share. Last year, when CBS had the early game for the AFC title between Tennessee and Jacksonville, the rating was 4.9 percent higher, at 24.4, with a 47 share.
The rating is the percentage of all homes with TVs, whether or not they are in use. Overnight ratings cover about 63 percent of the nation's population. National ratings for the AFC game will be available Wednesday and the NFC game Friday.