June 10, 2014: See the N.F.L.'s Secret Super Bowl Demands, Sponsors Question Qatar as Next World Cup Host, Why the Cannes Lions Awards Need to Change

By Beth Kormanik June 10, 2014, 8:15 AM EDT

1. SEE THE N.F.L.’S SECRET SUPER BOWL DEMANDS: Before selecting a Super Bowl host city, the N.F.L. makes a long list of demands that touch on every aspect of the game and the events leading up to it. That list is not released to the public, which in many cases finances these perks, but a leaked copy provides insight into the league’s requirements. Minneapolis Star Tribune: “In 153 pages of previously-secret bid specifications, the plan to have the NFL control many of the public and private aspects of the event is outlined. … Free police escorts for team owners, and 35,000 free parking spaces. Presidential suites at no cost in high-end hotels. Free billboards across the Twin Cities. Guarantees to receive all revenue from the game’s ticket sales—even a requirement for NFL-preferred ATMs at the stadium.”

2. SPONSORS QUESTION QATAR AS NEXT WORLD CUP HOST: Most of the major sponsors of the FIFA World Cup—Sony, Adidas, Coca-Cola, Visa, Hyundai, BP, and Budweiser—are questioning the integrity of the host-selection process that led to Qatar winning the 2022 tournament. Hollywood Reporter: “Britain's Sunday Times newspaper has been running a series of articles detailing millions of dollars in bribes, as well as trade deals, which secured votes for Qatar's surprise victory in 2010. The small Gulf state beat out competition from Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States despite having little tradition of the game in the country—and summer temperatures that can top 120 degrees Fahrenheit. FIFA is carrying out a $6 million internal investigation into the bidding process.”

3. WHY THE CANNES LIONS AWARDS NEED TO CHANGE: Cannes Lions, the largest award show for advertising and creative communications, takes place next week in Cannes, France. Some insiders say the program has added too many categories and made the awards less special. Advertising Age: “If Cannes keeps adding categories, it should also consider deleting categories, if only to make the point that awards shows aren't just adding them to make money,” said one former juror. “It is important to recognize creativity in every sector in the industry, but in time there will be certain categories that may not be as relevant as others.”


Versatop Support Systems, the manufacturer of pipe and base display products, announced that Drape Kings has joined Versatop’s Channel Partner program as a premier distributor.


BOSTON:  The Menus of Change annual leadership summit takes place at the Charles Hotel through Wednesday.

CHICAGO:  The Chicago Artists Coalition’s Starving Artist event is June 21 at the organization’s West Loop gallery space. The evening will feature culinary and art pairings prepared by teams of local chefs and artists.

LAS VEGAS:  The Neon Boneyard North Gallery at the Neon Museum is now open for events.

The new Lobby Bar, formerly the Galleria Bar, is now open at Caesars Palace.

LOS ANGELES:  Financial Post: “Gamers and pundits have spent the last month filling the Internet with speculation concerning what will be revealed at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the $20-billion industry’s most important event. Over 50,000 attendees are expected to flock to LA for the show. But maybe they should be considering is whether the show is still relevant. Especially in a year like this one.”

Vans has announced the return of the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing to Huntington Beach July 26-August 3.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Facebook is hosting its first Facebook Fit Miami, a boot-camp-style event for small businesses on June 19 at Soho Studios Miami. Facebook’s director of small business, Dan Levy, will present the keynote, and breakout sessions will be lead by Facebook, Intuit QuickBooks, LegalZoom, and Square.

NEW YORK:  Josh Wood Productions is producing tonight's Amfar Inspiration Gala, a men’s fashion fund-raiser at the Plaza hotel. British rock band New Order will perform. Zkipster, a guest list app, will be used at check-in.

The Metropolitan Golf Writers Association will host its National Awards Dinner at the Westchester Marriott on June 23. Organizers say the event is the longest-running golf dinner in the United States.

The annual EDCSpin Cocktail Gala is Thursday at City Winery and will be hosted by comedian D.L. Hughley.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

TAMPA:  Vincent Turrano has been named vice president of food and beverage at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa.

TORONTO:  The International Festival of Authors is October 23-November 2. The lineup includes readings, panel discussions, onstage interviews, and book signings.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  The 39th annual Capital Pride Parade presented by Marriott is Saturday, followed by the the Capital Pride Street Festival on Sunday with Rita Ora scheduled to perform. The closing party will feature DJ Tracey Young.

Producers of the American Made Show, scheduled for January 16-19 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, have hired Mary Strope to provide exhibitor support for the show.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, Jill Menze, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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