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CHICAGO � Don’t tell anyone, but Chicago Bears General Counsel Cliff Stein is a lifelong Philadelphia Eagles fan. And Indianapolis Colts General Counsel Daniel Emerson is partial to the Minnesota Vikings, given his undergraduate years at a college in Minnesota. But this weekend their new favorite teams � the ones they work for � are taking them to Miami for the attorneys’ first-ever attendance at a Super Bowl football game. Preparation for the trip hasn’t been all fun and games, though. Stein and Emerson have had two weeks of amending sponsorship contracts, tracking and trying to stop counterfeiting of team trademarks, getting agreements in place for security, hotels and travel in Florida, and dealing with ticket distribution, among other things. “There’s a lot of stuff leading up to this that you have in place that you want to make sure goes right,” Stein said in a phone interview as he was walking off the Dolphin Stadium field in Miami this week. Scalpers, gambling et al. Stein, who grew up in Philadelphia, said he signed up for the “dream job” as the Bears lawyer in 2002. He first got into the business representing sports players for contract negotiations, endorsements and labor arbitration while working for five years at a firm in Vorhees, N.J., that he led along with Jerrold Colton. Prior to setting up shop with Colton, Stein was a labor lawyer at the now defunct Tomar, Simonoff, Adourian & O’Brien in Haddonfield, N.J. As an Eagles fan, Stein even held a permanent seat license for attending that team’s games, but transferred it to a family member when he took the job with the Bears. Now, Stein is all too happy to play his legal role in getting ready for Super Bowl XLI, even if it means dealing with the ticket scalpers, gambling and prostitution that gloms on to the event in a bigger way than usual. “Because of the stakes of the game, it brings out every walk of life,” Stein said. With respect to tickets, both teams have had their share of disappointed fans who couldn’t get seats, but neither team has seen any lawsuits over the issue. Emerson, who is a partner at Bose McKinney & Evans in Indianapolis, said he’s even had to turn away “friends” who are seeking tickets. “I’ve got more best friends now than I can recall,” Emerson said in an interview. “I tell them it’s a scarce ticket and I wish them the best.” Emerson was introduced to the Colts in 1984 when the team moved to Indianapolis and his firm was called into the team’s litigation with the city of Baltimore, which brought a condemnation action against the franchise after it made its escape from the East Coast city. Emerson was a Colts fan as a kid, but the team broke his heart when it lost the Super Bowl in 1969. He didn’t renew his allegiance until he started working for the franchise in 1984. He’s been a “rock ribbed” Colts guy ever since, he said. Now, he’s taking his family to the game and adopting owner Jim Irsay’s advice to enjoy the ride. “We’re making memories that we’re going to have for the rest for our lives,” Emerson said.

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