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Margaret T. Hance Park is home to a portion of the Super Bowl LVII Experience. Signage at the park promotes the big game and events surrounding it. (Photo by Drake Presto/Cronkite News)

PHOENIX – Super Bowl week rolls on with the third day of events, entertainment and media availability from the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs.

Follow along for highlights, news and analysis from the Cronkite News team before kickoff on Super Bowl Sunday.

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Poll: Sports gambling returns a split crowd in U.S.

Ahead of the Super Bowl, a poll conducted by UMass Lowell’s Center for Public Opinion showed that many Americans are still split in opinion on sports gambling.

As more states approve sports gambling, people are divided. Asked if it should be legal, 31% of respondents were in favor and 31% were opposed. Only 15% of respondents placed a bet on a sporting event over the last five years.

Support for sports betting does not seem to tie in with political affiliation. Of the people who were supportive of legal sports betting, 34% identified as Democrats and 33% identified as Republican.

– Reporting by Caleb Jones

Poll: Americans still love football despite serious concerns

As Super Bowl Sunday approaches, UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion released a poll Wednesday that shows fans have many issues regarding football despite the estimated 193 million fans planning to watch the big game.

A little more than half of the 1,000 U.S. adults polled (52%) believe that in-game injuries are a “major problem” in the NFL. The number of people concerned with long-term health problems is even higher at 67%.

Respondents also expressed concern for players’ off-the-field actions. Nearly half of the respondents (49%) expressed concerns over domestic violence. Other violent crimes also presented an area of concern for 43% of the respondents.

While Americans have legitimate concerns, it is undeniable that the sport is still loved by many.

“Americans are profoundly concerned about almost every aspect of professional football on and off the field. Nonetheless, they can’t stop watching,” said Associate Professor John Cluverius, the center’s director of survey research and a UMass Lowell political scientist who designed and analyzed the poll. “This reveals something at the heart of American sports fandom: Americans are disturbed by the excesses of professional football precisely because they love it so much.”

– Reporting by Caleb Jones

News Reporter, Phoenix
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Sports Reporter, Phoenix

Spencer Gustafson is in his third semester at the Phoenix Sports bureau. Gustafson, a digital reporter, has interned with the Savannah Bananas and will graduate in spring 2023.

Caleb Jones KAY-lib jones
Sports Reporter, Phoenix

Caleb Jones expects to graduate in spring 2023 with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism. Jones, who is assigned to Cronkite Sports this semester, has previously interned at Times Media Group.

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Sports Broadcast Reporter, Phoenix

Matt Venezia expects to graduate in December 2023 with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism. Venezia is an Arizona Cardinals video content intern and a Pac-12 Insider play-by-play broadcaster.

Joseph Furtado JOE-sef fur-TAH-dough
Sports Broadcast Reporter, Phoenix

Joseph Furtado is set to graduate in May 2023 with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism. Furtado is the play-by-play voice of ASU women’s hockey and has also anchored for Cronkite News.

Olivia Eisenhauer oh-LIV-ee-uh EYE-zen-how-ur (she/her/hers)
Sports Broadcast Reporter, Phoenix

Olivia Eisenhauer expects to graduate in May 2023 with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism and a minor in community sports management. Eisenhauer has interned with KPNX 12 Sports and KPHO CBS 5/TV3. She can be seen sideline reporting for Pac-12 productions, SEC Network or ESPN+. Eisenhauer has also worked behind the camera for TNT, ESPN, Pac-12 and CBS.