Fox Sports Bracing for 'Biggest, Boldest and Coldest Super Bowl in TV History' THR
With the Super Bowl slated for the open-air MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Feb. 2, Fox Sports said it’s prepared to broadcast the game if it has to be shifted to another day because of bad weather, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"Being dubbed 'the biggest, boldest and coldest Super Bowl in TV history,' there is chance the matchup between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks may not even take place on Feb. 2 if a big storm hits the Big Apple," THR reports. "In a media call on Wednesday, the Fox Sports crew revealed their broadcasting plans for Super Bowl Sunday -- and what they will do if it turns into Super Bowl Friday or even Super Bowl Monday."
Said Fox Sports President, Chief Operating Officer and executive producer Eric Shanks: "We have been preparing along with the league for multiple scenarios."
THR adds: "The issue became a hot topic after the NFL revealed that Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey could be played anywhere from Friday, Jan. 31, to Monday, Feb. 3, in a worst-case scenario."
Added Shanks: "I think that even the league a couple of weeks ago didn't dismiss the idea of being prepared for other dates, even before Sunday or after Sunday. I think it is the right thing to do."
The current forecast is for a high of 40 degrees and a 30% chance of rain or snow, but weather can change quickly, the piece notes.
“The storm that happened just this week was three days ahead of time and it wasn't really predicted, it was meant to be a small storm then they ended up getting seven to eight inches [of snow] here," said Shanks.
He added that he believes viewers will tune in regardless of whether the game is shifted to another day.
“I don't think we necessarily know yet, but you would have a lot of built-in promotion as the game day delay would be a massive story -- potentially if there was anyone in the U.S. who didn't know the Super Bowl was being played, they might then know," he said.