Slimmed-down Super Bowl week kicks off as virus threat remains

Los Angeles (AFP) – The final countdown to the Super Bowl got off to a low-key start on Monday with a virtual opening night media event, as the spectre of Covid-19 hovered over the US sporting showpiece. With just six days until the Tampa Bay Buccaneers attempt to dethrone the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL’s championship game, players from both sides were adjusting to a new normal as a week of media activities got under way. The Super Bowl’s “opening night” is usually played out in a crowded arena made up of fans and thousands of media against a backdrop of rock music and pyrotechnics as the t…

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