The Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos have begun their Bay Area Super Bowl experience, arriving in San Jose Sunday afternoon. The experience goes into overdrive Monday evening, as they take part in Super Bowl Opening Night. The event used to be called "Media Day", and took place on a Tuesday. However, the NFL decided to rename it and push it to Monday evening. Anything to get more TV ratings!
The Panthers will be the second group going, shortly after the Broncos wrap up their obligations. The Panthers will have 10 players and head coach Ron Rivera at separate podiums. The 10 Panthers players include Cam Newton, Luke Kuechly, Josh Norman, Ted Ginn Jr., Ryan Kalil, Thomas Davis, Greg Olsen, Charles Johnson, Jonathan Stewart, and Kawann Short. The rest of the players and assistant coaches will then be milling around the area. Some will sit in the stands, while others just hang out with their jersey on to identify themselves.
The Panthers media session gets started at 9:55 p.m. ET. This follows the Broncos media session, which begins at 8:15 p.m. This is the event where oftentimes the "media" present will end up being bigger stories than the players. There will be plenty of serious football questions, but those questions will often be out-numbered by the absurd, and often entertaining questions from media that don't normally cover the NFL.
Here are the full details for watching the chaos unfold.
How to watch:
When: 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET
Where: SAP Center in San Jose, California
TV: NFL Network
Online streaming: NFL Now
Interview schedule: Denver Broncos - 8:15 p.m. to 9:55 p.m. MT. Carolina Panthers 9:55 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.