The Super Bowl is the annual final playoff game of the National Football League (NFL) to determine the league champion. It has served as the final game of every NFL season since 1966, replacing the NFL Championship game. Since 2022, the game is played on the second Sunday in February. Prior Super Bowls were played on Sundays in early to mid-January from 1967 to 1978, late January from 1979 to 2003, and the first Sunday of February from 2004 to now. Winning teams are awarded the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named for the coach of the Green Bay Packers who won the first two Super Bowls. Due to the NFL restricting the use of its “Super Bowl” trademark, it is frequently referred to as the “big game” or other generic terms by non-sponsoring corporations. The day the game is played is often referred to as Super Bowl Sunday or simply Super Sunday.
The Super Bowl Is One Of The Most Watched Annual Sporting Events In The World
Viewership is overwhelmingly domestic. The only other annual event that gathers more viewers is the UEFA Champions League (The UEFA Champions League is an annual club of football competition organized by the Union of European Football Association) and contested by top-rated European clubs’ final. For many years, the Super Bowl has possessed a large US and global television viewership, and it is often the most-watched United States-originating television program of the year. The game tends to have a high Nielsen television rating, which is usually around 40 ratings and 60 shares. This means that, on average, more than 100 million people from the United States alone are tuned into the Super Bowl at any given moment.
Most Consumed Food on Super Bowl Sunday
36% of Americans must have buffalo hot wings! Our love for chicken wings is so great, the National Chicken Council reports each year, we eat a record-breaking 1.4 billion wings on Super Bowl Sunday. That’s enough wings to circle the Earth’s circumference three times. Grabbing a slice and a pint is a common scene in any game-day setting, so we’re not surprised to see pizza ranked in the top three snacks with 35% of votes. Another and third choice for Super Bowl foods is chips and dip and nachos. Aside from Thanksgiving, Americans eat more on Super Bowl Sunday than on any other day. UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers) members in grocery stores and food processing plants across the country have been working hard to prep the great game-day snacks we all love.
The Halftime Show At The Super Bowl
It’s no secret that the Super Bowl halftime show is one of the most exciting musical events of the year — and numerous rich and famous musicians have headlined. Performing at the event has certainly become a privilege and not every musician gets a chance to add this to their resume.
103 million viewers watched the 2022 Super Bowl halftime show, which starred Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar, and 50 Cent.
Some of the all-time great halftime shows were:
- Jennifer Lopez And Shakira had 104 million viewers (2020)
- Justin Timberlake had 106.6 million viewers (2018)
- Bruce Springsteen had 109 million (2009)
- Beyoncé had 110.8 million viewers (2013)
- Madonna had 114 million viewers (2012)
- Bruno Mars had 115.3 million viewers (2014)
- Coldplay had 115.5 million viewers (2016)
- Lady Gaga had 117.5 million viewers (2017)
- Katy Perry had 118.5 million viewers (2015)
What was the most popular halftime show?
- Michael Jackson (1993) Eager to keep viewers glued to their televisions, the NFL whipped up the biggest freaking halftime show ever, starring Michael Jackson.
Don’t Forget The Commercials
The first Super Bowl was played in 1967, when it was about $75,000 for a 60-second spot. Today, commercials can cost up to $5 million. They’re said to have taken off after the 1984 blockbuster ad from Apple. It cost $500,000 for the spot that aired in the Super Bowl that year. The Super Bowl is the one time of the year when the tens of millions of eyes locked on the TV are also locked into the commercials. The Super Bowl spots have gained super high marks for guaranteeing belly laughs and ugly cries. Popular commercials include Pepsi’s Cindy Crawford commercial in 1992 and The Budweiser Bud Bowl in 1989.
The 5 best Super Bowl commercials of all time:
- Betty White Snickers commercial (2010)
- Google’s ‘Loretta’ Super Bowl ad (2020)
- Famous “Mean” Joe Greene Coca-Cola ad (1980)
- Wendy’s ‘Where’s the Beef?
- Apple Macintosh Super Bowl commercial (1984) Delegator Inc.
A Little Player Trivia
- Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr won the first two MVP awards.
- Tampa Bay in Super Bowl LV is the only team to win a Super Bowl in its home venue.
- Tom Brady lead the Patriots to 9 Super Bowl appearances and six wins.
- In Super Bowl XIII, Terry Bradshaw threw for 318 yards and four touchdowns.
- In Superbowl XXIII, Joe Montana threw the winning touchdown pass with 34 seconds left beating the Cincinnati Bengals and winning a third Super Bowl for the 49ers.
- The Bengals are one of 12 NFL teams that have never won the Super Bowl. Among those 12 teams, the Bengals are one of eight teams that have at least one Super Bowl appearance.
- The NFL typically contributes anywhere from $5,000 to $7,000 per ring for up to 150 rings per team, with any additional costs falling to the team owners. Those numbers might seem daunting but pale in comparison to the impact a Super Bowl victory has on a team’s value.
- Joe Namath had 1 win in Super Bowls in his career in 1969.
- Who is America’s favorite NFL team? Even though Dallas has not won a Super Bowl in that timeframe, being the most searched-for team bolsters their status as “America’s team” heading into the 2022-23 season.
- Dan Marino played in one Super Bowl (XIX) and the Dolphins lost to the 49ers in 1985. No quarterback has completed more passes in a career than Marino, who retired following the 1999 season with 4,967 completions.
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