Group of Omaha companies donating to Peyton Manning's foundation

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A group of 17 Omaha companies is donating another $42,500 to Peyton Manning’s foundation for at-risk youth even though it was hard to hear him shout about Nebraska’s largest city during the Super Bowl.

Omaha’s love affair with Manning and his Denver Broncos got started after he yelled the city’s name 44 times during a playoff win over San Diego. Manning’s “Omaha! Omaha!” calls received widespread attention in social media and news stories.

The Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce said Monday that each of the participating companies agreed to donate $2,500 to Manning’s “Peyback Foundation” even though his snap counts were difficult to hear Sunday.

Earlier in the playoffs, a smaller group of companies agreed to donate $24,800 after Manning yelled “Omaha!” 31 times during the AFC title game.

FREE FURNITURE: Seattle’s victory in the Super Bowl has cost flamboyant Houston furniture store mogul Jim McIngvale some $7 million.

The owner of one of the nation’s largest independent furniture stores, Gallery Furniture, McIngvale promised customers who spent at least $6,000 in the past two weeks and took delivery before Sunday’s game that he’d refund their purchase cost if Seattle won.

The Seahawks delivered.

McIngvale, known as “Mattress Mack,” said Monday his accountant told him the latest promotion was a “crazy idea” and now the accountant is “pulling his hair out.”

McIngvale says while he didn’t do well financially, he did build on his brand.

PACKERS: Expect to offer a “pay as we play” option for postseason tickets after fans complained about the team’s playoff ticket policy, the team said Monday.

The Packers also announced plans to increase seat prices next season.

The Packers had trouble selling out the Jan. 5 home wild-card game against the San Francisco 49ers before sponsors stepped in and bought the remaining tickets, ensuring the game would not be blacked out in most Wisconsin TV markets.


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