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 width=>>CVC: "Will Take Spectacular Effort To Keep Rams"

(St. Louis, MO) -- The Convention and Visitors Commission says it will take a "spectacular effort" to keep the Rams in St. Louis. Chairman Andrew Leonard made the comment at Wednesday's meeting, saying there is no question in his mind that the Rams would rather be in Los Angeles.

>>Rams' Long Defends Patriots Over "Deflategate"

(Undated) -- Rams defensive end Chris Long is defending the Patriots over the whole "Deflategate" scandal. In an essay for The Player's Tribune, Long scolds the NFL for its handling of the incident. He also goes on to slam the media, specifically ESPN, for sensationalizing its impact for ratings.

>>Rinse, Repeat For Lynch With Super Bowl Reporters

(Phoenix, AZ) -- It's rinse, repeat for Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch when dealing with reporters at the Super Bowl. For the second straight day, Lynch gave a simple short answer to each question during Wednesday's media availability. Lynch has a well-documented aversion to speaking to reporters. At Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday, the star running back simply replied, "I'm only here so I don't get fined" to roughly 30 questions. Lynch has been fined several times in the past for not making himself available to reporters, which is required by the NFL. Also for the second straight day, Lynch wore his personal "Beast Mode" logo hat. That could lead to a fine as well as the NFL does not allow players to promote or wear brands that aren't approved and might coNFLict with official sponsors.

>>Marshawn Lynch Answers Questions In Skittles Promo

(Undated) -- Marshawn Lynch is finally opening up. In a new Skittles promo, Seattle's usually press-shy running back steps up to the mic to answer a few questions from his favorite candy makers. Lynch also revealed that he prefers to watch cat videos over dog videos, and that he doesn't wish the football field was twice as long just so he can get a 200-yard rushing touchdown. He says he's just fine with 100. Lynch made headlines on Super Bowl media day in Phoenix, Arizona this week when he answered every reporter's question with the line, "I'm just here so I don't get fined." He and his Seattle Seahawks teammates are set to take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 49 this Sunday.

>>Patriots, Seahawks Continue Super Bowl Prep

(Phoenix, AZ) -- The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots continue to prepare for Super Bowl 49. Both teams practiced Wednesday as they get set to meet for the Lombardi Trophy this Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Seahawks are the defending champions after beating the Denver Broncos 43-8 in last year's outdoor, cold weather game in New Jersey. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll says Wednesday's practice is where the routine starts to feel familiar again. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is dealing with a bit of a cold, but says he expects to be fine come game-time on Sunday. This will be the sixth Super Bowl appearance for Brady, who is 3-and-2 in the big game. The Seahawks are trying to become the first team to repeat since the Pats did it ten years ago.

>>NBC Sells Out Super Bowl Ad Space

(Undated) -- NBC is declaring ad space for this year's Super Bowl officially sold out. And at a record four-and-a-half-million-dollars per 30-second spot, the network is pulling in some big bucks this year. NBC executives say they're particularly pleased with ad sales in the digital platform sharing in a Wednesday conference call that they've tripled revenue in the platform from NBC's prior Super Bowl in 2012. The network says this Sunday's Super Bowl will see about 15 new advertisers, noting strong buys from malt beverage companies, insurance, soft drinks, fast food chains and gaming and apps this year. On the flip side of the coin, NBC says ad buys for car companies, wireless and other technology companies were slightly underwhelming.

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