How well do you know the Super Bowl?

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What is the Vince Lombardi Trophy?

Which teams have won the most Super Bowl titles?

Which division became the first to have each team win at least one Super Bowl?

What is the most expensive commercial airtime of the year?

What is the second-largest event for American food consumption?

Which team won Super Bowl LV?

Which city will host Super Bowl LVIII?

Which region has hosted the most Super Bowls?

What is the NFL's policy on awarding Super Bowls to stadiums in cold climates?

Summary

Super Bowl: Key Facts and History

  • The Super Bowl is the annual final play-off game of the National Football League (NFL) to determine the league champion.

  • The game was created as part of a 1966 merger agreement between the NFL and the competing American Football League (AFL) to have their best teams compete for a championship.

  • Winning teams are awarded the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named for the coach of the Green Bay Packers who won the first two Super Bowls.

  • Of the NFL's current 32 teams, 20 (11 NFC, 9 AFC) have won a Super Bowl and 15 (8 AFC, 7 NFC) hold multiple titles.

  • The AFC's Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots have the most Super Bowl titles at six each; the Patriots also have the most appearances at 11.

  • The Super Bowl is among the world's most-watched single sporting events and frequently commands the largest audience among all American broadcasts during the year.

  • Commercial airtime during the Super Bowl broadcast is the most expensive of the year because of the high viewership.

  • The Super Bowl is also the second-largest event for American food consumption, behind Thanksgiving dinner.

  • The pre-game ceremonies usually go in the following order: the singing of the national anthem, a flyover by a military aircraft, and the coin toss.

  • The Super Bowl is played on the second Sunday in February, since 2022.

  • The New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers are tied with a record six Super Bowl wins.

  • The Cowboys, Steelers, and Denver Broncos are tied for second with eight appearances apiece.

  • The Steelers became the first NFL dynasty of the post-merger era by winning four Super Bowls (IX, X, XIII, and XIV) in six years.Super Bowl History: NFC Dominance, AFC Resurgence, and Patriots Reign

  • NFC dominated Super Bowls in the 1980s and 1990s, winning 16 out of 20, including 13 straight from Super Bowl XIX to Super Bowl XXXI.

  • The San Francisco 49ers were the most successful team of the 1980s, winning four Super Bowls in the decade and making nine playoff appearances.

  • The 1985 Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins, and New York Giants were also top teams of the 1980s.

  • The AFC won nine out of 12 Super Bowls between 1997 and 2009, with the New England Patriots winning three out of four championships in the early 2000s.

  • Tom Brady led the Patriots to five Super Bowl appearances in the 2010s, winning three of them and becoming only the second team in NFL history to win three Super Bowls in four years.

  • Super Bowl XLII featured the Giants upsetting the Patriots' perfect season with a 17-14 victory.

  • The NFC East became the first division to have each team win at least one Super Bowl after the Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl LII.

  • The Patriots won Super Bowl LIII, becoming the first team to win six Super Bowls.

  • The Kansas City Chiefs won their first Super Bowl in 50 years in Super Bowl LIV.

  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won Super Bowl LV, with Tom Brady winning his record seventh Super Bowl and becoming the oldest quarterback to win a championship at 43 years old.Super Bowl: Television Coverage, Ratings, and Venues

  • Super Bowl LVI was held at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, with the Kansas City Chiefs defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 after a 10-point halftime deficit.

  • The upcoming Super Bowl LVIII will be held at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada, on February 11, 2024.

  • The Super Bowl is one of the most-watched annual sporting events in the world, with viewership overwhelmingly domestic. The game tends to have a high Nielsen television rating, with more than 100 million people from the United States alone being tuned in.

  • The NFL has claimed that the upcoming Super Bowl will have a potential worldwide audience of around one billion people in over 200 countries, but this number refers to the number of people able to watch the game, not the number of people who will actually be watching.

  • Super Bowl XLIX holds the record for average number of US viewers, with 114.4 million, making the game the most-viewed television broadcast of any kind in American history. The halftime show set a record with 118.5 million viewers tuning in.

  • Super Bowl commercials have become famous, with advertisers paying as much as $7 million for a thirty-second spot during Super Bowl LVI in 2022. A segment of the audience tunes into the Super Bowl solely to view commercials.

  • The Super Bowl has been rotated annually between the same American television networks that broadcast the NFL's regular season and postseason games. The rotation between CBS, Fox, and NBC will continue until the new contracts that will take effect for the first time with Super Bowl LVIII, allowing ABC to return and starting a four-network rotation.

  • The Super Bowl halftime show has become an important feature, with popular singers and musicians performing during its pre-game ceremonies and the halftime show. The NFL sought to increase the Super Bowl's audience by hiring A-list talent to perform.

  • The halftime show of Super Bowl XXXVIII attracted controversy, following an incident in which Justin Timberlake removed a piece of Janet Jackson's top, briefly exposing one of her breasts before the broadcast quickly cut away from the shot.

  • To date, 29 of 56 Super Bowls have been played in three metropolitan areas: the Greater Miami area (eleven times), New Orleans (ten times), and the Greater Los Angeles area (eight times). No market or region without an active NFL franchise has ever hosted a Super Bowl.

  • Only two teams have qualified for a Super Bowl at their home stadiums: the 2020 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who won Super Bowl LV hosted at Raymond James Stadium, and the 2021 Los Angeles Rams the following season, who won Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium.

  • Traditionally, the NFL does not award Super Bowls to stadiums that are located in climates with an expected average daily temperature less than 50 °F (10 °C) on game day unless the field can be completely covered by a fixed or retractable roof.

  • The NFL typically takes advantage of the large audience to air an episode of a hit series or to premiere the pilot of a promising new one in the lead-out slot, which immediately follows the Super Bowl and post-game coverage.Super Bowl: Selection Process, Home Team Designation, Host Cities, and Trademark

  • The Super Bowl location is determined at a meeting of all NFL team owners three to five years prior to the event.

  • The game has never been played in a metropolitan area without an NFL franchise at the time of the game.

  • The home team designation alternates between the NFC and AFC teams, with each team's logo and wordmark painted in one of the end zones.

  • Since Super Bowl XIII in 1979, the designated home team is allowed to choose whether to wear their colored or white jerseys.

  • Much of the cost of a Super Bowl is assumed by the host community, although some costs are covered by the NFL.

  • The NFL allocates backup stadiums for the Super Bowl every year in case of last-minute relocation.

  • There have been instances where the league rescinded the Super Bowl from cities, such as Super Bowl XXVII in 1993, which was moved to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, due to Arizona voters not recognizing Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

  • Through Super Bowl LVI, teams were allowed to bid for the rights to host Super Bowls, but this competition was rescinded in 2018, and the league has made all decisions regarding hosting sites from Super Bowl LVII onward.

  • Fifteen different regions have hosted Super Bowls, and a total of 27 different stadiums, seven of which have been demolished, have hosted or are scheduled to host Super Bowls.

  • The NFL actively seeks to prevent unauthorized commercial use of its trademarked terms "NFL", "Super Bowl", and "Super Bowl Sunday" and has issued cease-and-desist letters to casinos in Las Vegas that were hosting Super Bowl parties.

  • In 2006, the NFL attempted to trademark "The Big Game" but withdrew the application in 2007 due to opposition from Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, whose football teams compete in the Big Game.

  • London, England, has been mentioned as a potential future host city, but time zone complications are a significant obstacle.

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Think you know everything there is to know about the Super Bowl? Test your knowledge with this quiz that covers key facts and historical moments of one of the most-watched annual sporting events in the world. From the teams with the most wins and appearances to the television coverage and selection process for host cities, this quiz will challenge even the most die-hard fans. So, grab your favorite jersey and get ready to show off your Super Bowl expertise.

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