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New Orleans Hits the Jackpot with Football

January 13, 2012

TakeAway: New Orleans fortune of having three college bowl football games and a NFL playoff game expects to bring in almost a half of a billion dollars into the economy.

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Excerpt from AdAge: “New Orleans Reaps $400M-Plus Football Bonanza”

The last time New Orleans hosted both a Sugar Bowl and college football’s national championship game the economic impact from that week was $400 million.

Throw in the New Orleans Bowl expected to bring in $25 million and the Saints’ playoff game  expected to reap another $20 million, and New Orleans will earn $445 million from four football games.

Some economists dismiss the theory that big-time sporting events bring economic benefits to cities, but the football numbers stack up pretty well against Mardi Gras, which brings in about $140 million.

And while it took three football games to see that $420 million economic impact. The Super Bowl alone was worth $292 million to New Orleans in 2002.

Edited by ARK

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Old-timers brawl at CFL awards ceremony …

November 30, 2011

You just can’t make this stuff up …

According to the LA Times:

Two ancient legends of the Canadian Football League (no, not Warren Moon) got into a fistfight at an alumni luncheon Friday in Vancouver.

Joe Kapp, a 73-year-old former quarterback (and coach of the Cal Bears from 1982-86), punched his longtime rival Angelo Mosca, a 74-year-old defensive linemen and longtime professional wrestler.

The two have disliked other since the 1963 Grey Cup (the CFL championship game). Apparently in that game, Mosca delivered a controversial hit on Kapp’s teammate Willie Fleming, knocking him out of the game.

When Mosca and Kapp were introduced, the luncheon’s host, comedian Ron James, told Kapp to give Mosca an olive branch from a table setting as a peace offering.

Mosca, however, had an alternate suggestion as to what Kapp could do with the olive branch. Kapp didn’t care for that idea and slugged Mosca, who hit Kapp with his cane, then stumbled off the stage.

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