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January 28, 2013 at 07:31 AM EST
NFL Beat Writers Predict San Francisco 49ers To Win Super Bowl XLVII By Fewer Than 3 Points, Courtyard by Marriott Poll Reveals
Courtyard by Marriott, the Official Hotel of the NFL, reveals NFL-market beat writers' collective predictions on Super Bowl XLVII

BETHESDA, Md., Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Courtyard by Marriott, the Official Hotel of the NFL, conducted its first Courtyard-NFL Beat Writers Super Bowl Poll, garnering the opinions of some of the most educated writers in football news. If the 30 NFL beat writers surveyed know their stuff, the San Francisco 49ers will win Super Bowl XLVII by fewer than 3 points.

Courtyard-NFL Beat Writers Super Bowl Poll Stats:

  • 55% of  beat writers favored the San Francisco 49ers to win Super Bowl XLVII
  • The total points scored are expected to be approximately 49.5 points
  • Colin Kaepernick emerged as the favorite to be named Super Bowl MVP

"Everyone wants to know who'll win The Big Game, and we wanted to provide our NFL-loving guests with a new perspective on who'll come out on top on February 3," said Janis Milham, Vice President and Global Brand Manager for Courtyard by Marriott. "NFL beat writers follow football all season long and have some of the best insights into the game. While they each form their predictions individually, we're excited to have found a way to view and share their collective perspective."

The Courtyard-NFL Beat Writers Super Bowl Poll includes responses from 30 NFL beat writers representing 22 markets from January 21 – 25, 2013.  Beat writers who follow the 30 NFL teams (excluding Baltimore and San Francisco) were invited to participate. 

Celebrating its own special "30" this year, Courtyard by Marriott will be kicking off its 30th anniversary at Super Bowl XLVII at an exclusive tailgate at the Contemporary Arts Center on Sunday, February 3. Gathering for the festivities will be Marriott senior executives as well as NFL players and loyal customers. The Courtyard by Marriott brand features hotels with a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced while traveling.  Intuitive services and design accommodate guests' desire for choice and control and allow them to use the public space and guest rooms to meet all of their needs while on the road. With more than 900 locations in 38 countries, Courtyard has more locations than any other Marriott International brand. For more information about the brand, visit www.courtyard.com.

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

SOURCE Marriott International, Inc.

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