Those and other peripheral issues are poised to go, lemming-like, over the cliff of public attention just about as soon as Super Bowl XLIX kicks off at 3:30 p.m. When Roman numerals are involved, lesser topics shrink into the shadows.
The game is to be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., west of Phoenix.
Game time is when folks will be tuned in via television, radio or online for the action between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, and the issues get a bit more weighty: Can the Seahawks win a second consecutive title? Will Brady, in his record sixth Super Bowl start, join Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw as the only QBs credited with four wins? Will Katy Perry triumph or wilt in the halftime spotlight?
Here’s where to find out:
The game will be broadcast by NBC, in the Sacramento region by Channel 3 (KCRA). Play-by-play will be done by big-event veteran Al Michaels, with former NFL wide receiver Cris Collinsworth providing analysis and Michele Tafoya reporting from the sidelines.
Bob Costas and Dan Patrick will host NBC’s pregame coverage beginning at 9 a.m. It will feature analysis from Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, Hines Ward and Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh. Patrick will preside over the trophy presentation after the game.
The Westwood One network is handling radio coverage, broadcast in Northern California by KNBR-AM 680 out of San Francisco.
Kevin Harlan will handle play-by-play with Boomer Esiason doing analysis. Sideline reports will come from James Lofton and Mark Malone. Scheduled pregame hosts are Jim Gray and Scott Graham, with pregame analysis coming from Rod Woodson and Kurt Warner.
Updates and highlights also will be posted in a Super Bowl package presented by The Sports Network on sacbee.com.
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