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Marketing, Not Football, Is King At The Superbowl

Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon chats sports with Howard Bryant of and ESPN The Magazine about how the Superbowl has become more about the TV ads than the actual game.

For New Orleans, Superdome A Symbol Of City's Spirit

The Superdome has hosted heavyweight fights, papal visits and — after this weekend — seven Super Bowls, an NFL record. But no event looms larger in the stadium's history than Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 storm that turned the stadium into a teeming shelter of last resort and left it nearly ruined.

NFL Commissioner's Role In Sport A Powerful One

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wields a lot of power — maybe too much, critics say. NPR's Mike Pesca profiles his controversial role in the league and possible changes in the works.

Ravens Fans, In And Out Of Baltimore, Ready For Super Bowl

Baltimore Ravens fans are awash in the purple and black as they prepare for Sunday's Super Bowl. NPR's Allison Keyes hangs out with some folks in suburban Maryland who prove that team pride reaches far beyond city limits.

History Sometimes Rewards Those Who Are Sidelined

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith will be on the sidelines of the Super Bowl this weekend, after suffering a concussion midway through the season. Now he's counseling teammate Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback who replaced him. "The good ones stay ready," he says.

Former Football Player Jim Brown Among The Game's Best Running Backs

Jim Brown is a hall of fame running back who terrorized defenses. In fact, many consider him to be the best running back ever.