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Super Bowl to pay volunteers to avoid lawsuit

Organisers of next year’s National Football League (NFL) Super Bowl have decided to pay a group of ‘volunteers’ during the event, following legal action by unpaid workers against Major League Baseball (MLB).

July’s All-Star FanFest at the Javits Center in New York used the help of volunteers that are currently suing MLB for not being paid. This has encouraged Super Bowl host New York/New Jersey to pay 1,500 ‘volunteers’ and make the other 11,000-12,000 volunteers sign a waiver to confirm no payment will be made for their services.

“We’ve determined that there are approximately 1,500 people that are required to help us operate and manage functions like Super Bowl Boulevard, provide some hosting services at [host venue] MetLife Stadium for the game itself, as well as for the tailgate party and additional people for the media centre,” NFL senior events vice-president Frank Supovitz told New York Daily News.

“In the past, those were volunteers provided by the host committee. In this case, because of the complexities of the marketplace as well as the legal action, we made the determination to retain a series of staffing companies to help us develop a labour pool for those functions.”