March 17, 2020
10News anchor Ryan Bass and Rob Higgins, president/CEO of the Super Bowl LV Host Committee, join each other on Skype to discuss how the spread of the Coronavirus has brought the sports world in Tampa Bay to a pause (2:00). Rob takes you inside the decision to cancel NCAA March Madness (6:00) and sheds some light on why WWE waited so long to make the call to move Wrestlemania to Orlando (15:30), without fans in attendance, and if conversations have begun on rescheduling sporting events in Tampa Bay.
March 13, 2020
Full disclosure, this week's Tampa Bay 55 podcast was re-recorded on Friday, March 13 following the Coronavirus concerns across the United States. 10News anchor Ryan Bass is joined by 10Sports anchor Justin Granit, who steps in for Rob Higgins this week, to discuss the sports world coming to a stop as the virus forced leagues to pause and cancelled events. NOTE: The Tampa Bay 55 podcast will take a break for a few weeks out of an abundance of caution in lieu of the Coronavirus outbreak.
March 5, 2020
10News anchor Ryan Bass and Rob Higgins, president/CEO of the Super Bowl LV Host Committee, discuss Rob's scouting trip to the SEC Tournament in Nashville next week. The guys also welcome in USF Director of Athletics Mike Kelly, who also served as the COO of the College Football Playoff, to discuss his climb to the AD spot at USF (9:50), being a part of three Super Bowl Host Committees (13:00), South Florida's rise under new football coach Jeff Scott (17:20), the importance of the UCF-USF rivalry (21:45) and his thoughts on if the College Football Playoff needs to expand (25:00). Also joining the pod is Buccaneers Super Bowl XXXVII champion and current Director of Football Ops Shelton Quarles, who spoke on what makes a successful Super Bowl (33:00), his memories from 2003 in San Diego winning the Lombardi Trophy (35:15), a cool story on Jon Gruden (36:30), his memories of playing alongside Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks (39:20) and his perspective from last week's NFL Combine (41:15). Rob also gives an update on Yacht Village and its importance to Super Bowl week next year (49:20).