NFL, Microsoft and NBC Sports to Offer Unprecedented Web Coverage of Super Bowl XXX

NFL, Microsoft and NBC Sports to Offer Unprecedented Web Coverage of Super Bowl XXX

Site Offers RealTime Chat, Audio and Video Highlights Throughout Week Leading Up to World’s Largest Sporting Event —

TEMPE, Ariz. – Jan. 22, 1996 – The National Football League (NFL), Microsoft Corp. and NBC Sports announced today a complete schedule of events to be cybercast live from Tempe on the official Super Bowl XXX World Wide Web site, superbowl.com (http://superbowl.com).

Superbowl.com, hosted on MSN
™
, The Microsoft Network family of Web servers, features real-time chat sessions with NFL players, coaches and NBC sports commentators, along with coverage of all the exciting events throughout the week. The site will offer the first-ever live cybercast of the Super Bowl on the Internet, including online commentary and analysis from NFL and NBC experts, live play-by-play commentary and statistics. Additionally, the site will feature photos and audio and video clips of the best plays of the game, as well as a live feed from the post-game press conference.

The latest Internet technologies used to create and manage this first-ever cybercast coverage of the Super Bowl include the Microsoft® Internet Explorer version 2.0 Web browser and the powerful Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS). While the Web site is accessible to any user connected to the Internet, users of Internet Explorer 2.0 will have exclusive access to enhanced sound, video and graphics. Internet Explorer is available for download at no charge (except for connect charges where applicable) directly from superbowl.com or from the Web site for Microsoft Windows®
, http://www.microsoft.com/windows.

The weeklong schedule of live chat and real-time audio events – subject to change and continually updated at superbowl.com – follows. Additional events will be scheduled throughout the week, so be sure to check the site for an updated listing.

Monday, Jan. 22 5-6 p.m. MST Live chat with Team NFL analyst Gil Brandt

Tuesday, Jan. 23 9 a.m.-12 noon MST Live chat with the Steelers and Cowboys from Sun Devil Stadium

Wednesday, Jan. 24 3-3:30 p.m. MST Live chat with Chargers Punter Darren Bennet

5-6:00 p.m. MST Live Chat with Super Bowl XXX cybercast team (Cross, Hostetler, Brandt)

Thursday, Jan. 25 12:30-1 p.m. MST Live chat with Lions Wide Receiver Herman Moore

1:30-2 p.m. MST Live chat with Steelers Hall of Famer Jack Ham

3:30-4 p.m. MST Live chat with Bills Quarterback Jim Kelly

Friday, Jan. 26 8:30 a.m. MST Live audio feed from Steelers Head Coach Bill Cowher press conference

9:30 a.m. MST Live audio feed from Cowboys Head Coach Barry Switzer press conference

11:30 a.m. MST Live audio feed from Commissioner Paul Tagliabue press conference

11:30 a.m.- 12:00 noon Live chat with Patriots Running Back Curtis Martin

1:30-2:00 p.m. MST Live chat with Bills Linebacker Bryce Paup

2-4:00 p.m. MST
(start time to be
announced) Live chat with Broncos Quarterback John Elway

3:30-4:00 p.m. MST Live chat with Packers Quarterback Brett Favre

5:30-6:00 p.m. MST Live chat with Chiefs Linebacker Derrick Thomas

Saturday, Jan. 27 1:30-2 p.m. MST Live chat with Seahawks Quarterback Rick Mirer

3:30-4 p.m. MST Live chat with former Los Angeles Rams Defensive End Deacon Jones

Sunday, Jan. 28 4-8 p.m. MST Live Super Bowl XXX cybercast

8 p.m. MST Live audio feed of postgame press conference plus postgame chat and analysis

Monday, Jan. 29

8:30-9:30 a.m. MST Live audio feed from Super Bowl XXX MVP and winning coach press conferences

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