PolitiFact: GOP convention worth as much as one Super Bowl, not four

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Just how big of a deal is it that the Republican National Convention is coming to Tampa next summer?

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus tried to put it in perspective while speaking to local reporters on a swing through the area this month.

“This is a Super Bowl times four. This is probably the biggest event that the Tampa Bay community has ever put on thus far,” Priebus said. The line was something of an exclamation point to Priebus’ visit, becoming the focus of a local TV story that aired on Fox and a dominant quote in news coverage offered by CNN, the Associated Press and the St. Petersburg Times.

But is it true?

PolitiFact Florida decided to fact-check Priebus’ claim about national political conventions to see if they are indeed four times a Super Bowl — an event Tampa is more familiar with having hosted it several times, as recently as 2009. Where to start was aided by the context Priebus provided to reporters.

Continue reading PolitiFact’s conclusion here.

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