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The Super Bowl is the NFL season final and comes at the end of the regular season following the play offs. NFL may be a US sporting event but interest around the world is staggering with reportedly up to one billion people watching the event through legal and illegal channels. In the US alone a third of the population (over 120 million people) tune in to watch what has become the greatest all out sporting entertainment spectacle on the planet.
Following the new heights set since Super Bowl 50, Super Bowl 53 (or LIII in Roman numerals) promises to go even further. Unfortunately online betting is still not quite legal in most of the US and so they largely can’t bet on it, over here however we have no such worries. If you fancy staying up late to watch the Super Bowl live and you are looking for some great odds, offers and freebies to take advantage of then you’ve come to the right page.
Below you will find the latest offers both ante post and on Super Bowl day itself, read further down for info on how to bet on the superbowl, event schedule, history and more.
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How to Bet on the Super Bowl
American football betting terms can be a little alien to those punters who don’t bet on the sport regularly, below we describe some of the common bet types:
- Money Line – This is basically the match betting market, predict the team to win the game outright.
- Spread – A form of handicap betting, bet on a team with a +/- points advantage.
- Over / Under Points – The same principle as over/under goals.
- 2-Way and 3-Way betting – Two way betting allows you to bet on a either team to win with a draw not possible, three way bets include options for a tie.
- Proposition Bet – These are special betting markets and include things like winning margin, double result, total points, race to points total, overtime, etc.
- Score Bets – First, last, anytime touchdown scorers, first or last team to score, scorecast, method of next score, time of touchdown, etc.
- Team Bets – Total points/goals/touchdowns, win to nil, half & period betting, penalty, punts, timeouts, challenges, etc.
- Special Bets – Such as longest or shortest touch down or field goal, will a safety be scored, number field goals, defensive touchdowns, conversion success, etc.
2019 Super Bowl Schedule & TV Coverage
Super Bowl 53 will be hosted for the first time at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, the third time the event has been held in Atlanta, on Sunday 3rd February 2019.
In the US the game will this year be broadcast by CBS with the game start time expected to kick off 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time, this means the game will go live in the UK at 11:30pm GMT. In the UK the Super Bowl will be shown live free to air on the BBC.
Lady Gaga headlined the Half Time Show for Super Bowl LI, Justin Timberlake headlined the 2018 half-time show. It will need to be good this year to top the previous Half Time shows and in particular the spectacular Super Bowl 50 show headlined by Coldplay and featuring Beyoncé and Bruno Mars.
Maroon 5 have been selected for the LIII halftime show with many artists turning down the opportunity based on the recent controversy surrounding players standing for the National Anthem.
Last year’s superbowl was watched by an official US audience of 167 million people, this year they are hoping to break that record yet again. The show will again be sponsored by Pepsi.
The SuperBowl is the NFL Championship game, it was renamed the Super Bowl in the mid-1960’s when the NFL and AFL agreed to merge.
The six highest teams in the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC) enter the playoffs at the end of their 16 game regular season that runs from Labor Day until Christmas. This consists of the 4 highest teams in each division on points along with two wild card teams who enter with the highest win-loss record.
The highest two teams skip the first play off round with second and third placed teams taking on the wild cards. The divisional winners then enter at the second round stage, refereed to as the Divisional Playoff games, with home advantage given to the league winner and runner-up.
The Third and final round is called the Conference Championship Game, the winner of each championship game then progresses to the Super Bowl.
Often seen as much as a corporate event as a Championship final the Super Bowl, teams often arrive in the host city over a week in advance as the media hype increases. Tickets officially cost upwards of $500 and unofficially can fetch $5000 or more. A TV advert during the game costs upwards of $8M for 30 seconds.
Super Bowl Sunday in the US has a holiday feel to it similar to Thanksgiving. The game itself is no different to any other NFL game, including sudden death rules if the game is tied after normal time. If any points are scored in overtime the game immediately ends.
This happened for the first time in 2017 when the New England Patriots recorded the most dramatic comeback of all time coming from 28-3 down to equalise 28-28 with Atlanta Falcons in the final quarter. Tom Brady secured his, and NE Patriots, fifth Super Bowl title, and his 4th MVP award, by taking the game into overtime, for the first time ever, where the Patriots wasted little time to bundle over and win 34-28.
Super Bowl Stadiums
2019 Venue – The Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Opened in August 2017 the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, new home of the Atlanta Falcons, will host it’s first Super Bowl in 2018, the third to be hosted in Atlanta after Super Bowl 28 and 34 were played at the previous home of the Falcons, the Georgia Dome.
The stadium is used during the regular season by both the Falcons in the NFL and Atlanta United FC in the MLS. The venue has a seating capacity that is expendable to nearly 33,000 people for the Super Bowl (71,000 normally). The Mercedes-Benz Stadium cost just over $1.6 Billion and holds the worlds biggest halo board along with one of the only retractable roofs in American Football.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium is due to play host to the 2020 men’s basketball Final Tour. The venue is also used for high profile concerts, seeing both Taylor Swift and Ed Sheran playing there in 2018.
Mercedes-Benz have a naming rights deal that lasts for 27 years to re-brand the stadium from its original concept name of ‘New Atlanta Stadium’. The amount paid for this sponsorship is undisclosed. The stadium was originally projected to cost $1bn but coming in over budget it is estimated public spending is set to reach $600m.
Being so new the stadium does not yet have the character afforded through sporting history although I am sure following Super Bowl 53 the venue will achieve lasting memory. The state of the art facilities will certainly lend themselves well to both the game and the half time show.
The 2020 Super Bowl is due to be played at the Hard Rock stadium in Florida. Home to the Miami Dolphins the venue will host its sixth Super Bowl game.
|Mercedes Benz Stadium||Atlanta||Georgia||Never||2019|
|Hard Rock Stadium||Miami||Florida||5 times (1989, 1995, 1999, 2007, 2010)||2020|
|Raymond James Stadium||Tampa||Florida||Twice (2000 & 2008)||2021|
|Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park||Inglewood||California||Never||2022|
|Stadium||City||State||Super Bowls||Last Hosted|
|Hard Rock Stadium||Miami||Florida||5||2010|
|Qualcomm Stadium||San Diego||California||3||2003|
|LA Memorial Coliseum||Los Angeles||California||2||1973|
|Raymond James Stadium||Tampa||Florida||2||2009|
|University of Phoenix Stadium||Glendale||Arizona||2||2015|
* Stadium no longer exists
The table above shows stadiums that have hosted the Super Bowl on two or more occasions.
Super Bowl Stats and Trivia
Last 10 Super Bowl Winners
|Year||Winning Team||Runner Up||Score||Location|
|2018||Philadelphia Eagles||New England Patriots||41-33||US Bank Stadium, Minnesota|
|2017||New England Patriots||Atlanta Falcons||34-28 (in overtime)||NRG Stadium, Texas|
|2016||Denver Broncos||Carolina Panthers||24-10||Levi’s Stadium. California|
|2015||New England Patriots||Seattle Seahawks||28-24||Phoenix Stadium, Arizona|
|2014||Seattle Seahawks||Denver Broncos||43-8||MetLife Stadium, New Jersey|
|2013||Baltimore Ravens||San Francisco 49ers||34-31||Superdome, New Orleans|
|2012||New York Giants||New England Patriots||21-17||Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis|
|2011||Green Bay Packers||Pittsburgh Steelers||31-25||Cowboys Stadium, Texas|
|2010||New Orleans Saints||Indianapolis Colts||31-17||Sun Life Stadium, Florida|
|2009||Pittsburgh Steelers||Arizona Cardinals||27-23||Raymond James Stadium, Florida|
|2008||New York Giants||New England Patriots||17-14||Phoenix Stadium, Arizona|
|Team||Wins||Runners Up||Last Won||NFL/NFC (N) or AFL/AFC (A)|
|New England Patriots||5||4||2017||A|
|San Francisco 49’ers||5||1||1994||N|
|Green Bay Packers||4||1||2010||N|
|New York Giants||4||1||2011||N|
|Oakland / Los Angeles Raiders||3||2||1983||A|
|Baltimore / Indianapolis Colts||2||2||2006||A|
The table above shows teams that have won the Super Bowl on two or more occasions.
|Most Appearances||10 – New England Patriots|
|Most Consecutive Apps||4 – Buffalo Bills 1990-93|
|Most Wins||6 – Pittsburgh Steelers – (1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 2005, 2008)|
|Most Runner’s Up||5 – Denver Broncos & New England Patriots|
|Highest Win Rate||100% – Baltimore Ravens (2000, 2012)|
|Super Bowls Without a Win||4 – Minnesota Vikings & Buffalo Bills|
|Super Bowl I Winner||Green Bay Packers – 1966/7|
|Super Bowl X Winner||Pittsburgh Steelers – 1975/6|
|Super Bowl XXV Winner||New York Giants – 1990/1|
|Super Bowl L Winner||Denver Broncos – 2015/6|
|Highest Scoring Game||26-49 (49ers v Chargers) 1995|
|Lowest Scoring Game||14-7 (Dolphins v Redskins) 1973|
|Most Appearances||7 – Tom Brady|
|Most Consecutive Apps||5 – Gale Gilbert (1991-95)|
|Most Wins||5 – Charles Haley (49ers x2, Cowboys x3)|
|Most Consecutive Wins||3 – Ken Norton Jr. (1993-96)|
|Most Points Scored||48 – Jerry Rice|
|Most Touchdowns Scored||8 – Jerry Rice|
|Most MVP’s||4 – Tom Brady|
|Oldest Player||Matt Stover (42y 11d, Indianapolis Colts, 2010)|
|Youngest Player||Bryan Bulaga (21y 322d, Green Bay Packers, 2011)|
History of the Super Bowl
American football was established in the late 1800’s slowly developing, as a college game, from the old world elitist game of Rugby into it’s own unique game style. The modern game and many of the rules were developed by Walter Camp a former Yale player in the 1880’s.
Camp secured changes to the rules that reduced player numbers from 15 to 11, removed the scrum in favour of the snap, introduced the gridiron format (originally set at 5 yards, now 10 yards) and established the forward passing rule.
Up to the end of WWI the sports was largely a college sport. At this time the sport was seen as very brutal and following threats from president Roosevelt to ban the sport it underwent an overhaul resulting in the establishment of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The NCAA oversaw better safety, protective clothing and more stringent penalties for foul play.
The National Football League (NFL) was formed in 1920, it quickly set itself apart from the college leagues with a bigger focus on passing.
It wasn’t until after the second world war that American football took off in the hearts and minds of the nation helped largely by the new invention of television. At this time two rival leagues existed, the NFL and the American Football League (AFL), each with their own championship games.
In 1966 the leagues agreed to merge with the winner of each division playing in one championship game, renamed the Super Bowl. The first superbowl was played in the 1966/7 season and was won by NFL team Green Bay Packers who beat AFL team the Kansas City Chiefs by 35 points to 10 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The game was watched live by 62,000 people and over 50 million tuned on TV.