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Vin Scully had role in Super Bowl improving fans’ experience

Everyone knows Vin Scully was a wonderful character in Dodgers baseball.

But did you know he played a role in changing the Super Bowl?

In early 1983, when the NFL was playing its tent game at the Rose Bowl — the Miami Dolphins versus the Washington Redskins — the league directed play-by-play sound into the stadium tunnels and restrooms for the first time, and placed televisions on the concession stands.

That stemmed from something NFL manager Jim Steeg witnessed months earlier at Dodger Stadium.

“It’s funny because a lot of things are coming back to Dodger Stadium,” said Steeg, who oversaw the Super Bowl for years. “I remember going to a Dodger game and I was in the restroom and I hear Vin Scully’s voice in the restroom. And I’m like, ‘Wow, that’s amazing. The Dodgers are so smart, they sonicate all the restrooms.”

“What better place for that? The worst thing you ever have is when you go in and have to go to the bathroom, something happens and you don’t know what the hell is going on. What a brilliant idea to put the sound in there.

“But they had no sound. Everyone carried their little transistor radios. So my idea was, OK, let’s put sound in. So that’s what we did, we put sound in the elevators, we brought it into the halls. We put monitors in the concession stands.”

Scully, who died Tuesday at the age of 94, credited Joe Montana’s famous touchdown to Dwight Clark that allowed the San Francisco 49ers to beat the Dallas Cowboys on January 10, 1982 in the NFC Championship Game.

And he’s also one of the reasons we still watch the NFL games no matter where we are in a stadium.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/story/2022-08-03/vin-scully-played-a-role-super-bowl-improving-fans-experience-play-by-play Vin Scully had role in Super Bowl improving fans’ experience

Emma Bowman

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