The Super Bowl is a yearly American football game that decides the champion of the National Football League. It is played on a Sunday and is watched by millions of people every year. The food, parties, and television advertisements all make up a major day in American culture every year.
Specialty markets like Falletti's that cater to the party crowd are among a host of food-and-drink related businesses hoping to cash in on the 49ers' Super Bowl fortunes. Sports bars, grocery stores - even bakeries - expect Sunday's clash in New Orleans to bring in hordes of customers.
But this year, CBS is charging $3.8 million to $4 million for a 30-second commercial during Sunday’s Ravens vs. 49ers game.
The game's intrigue is partially due to the finality of its outcome: Unlike other professional sports leagues that decide their champion in a series of games, the NFL decides its champion with only one. This winner-takes-all format adds to the drama of the game and sets the stage for an exciting finale to each NFL season.
An obscure affair when it started in 1967, the game is now watched by millions worldwide and will rake in more than $3,000 per ticket at the Superdome in New Orleans for the Baltimore-San Francisco matchup.
16 different cities and 21 venues have hosted the Super Bowl.
Professional football as we know it began in 1920 with the 14-league American Professional Football Association. The APFA became the NFL in 1922, and had no serious competition until 1960, when the fourth AFL became a major power. After years of bitter rivalry, the leagues were forced to broker a merger deal to avoid financial ruin. The merger would be gradual, they decided: for the 1967 season, they'd share a draft and a championship bowl, and by 1970 they would be merged into a single super football league of 26 teams, the NFL.
In one of the craziest plays in the history of the NFL, let alone the Super Bowl, a seldom-used backup receiver for the Giants became one of the greatest heroes in the history of the game. Facing third down and five at their own 44-yard line and down three points with just 1:15 to go, the Giants looked poised to fall to the undefeated New England Patriots. The combination of Eli Manning's escape from the Patriots' pass rush and David Tyree's pinning the ball to his helmet as he fell down with Patriots' safety Rodney Harrison on top of him is the most miraculous combination this planet has seen since Gucci Mane first met the trap.
Back in 1967, when the Green Bay Packers battled the Kansas Chiefs in Super Bowl I in Los Angeles, no one could ever have expected that TV networks would be able to charge $4-million for a 30-second commercial. But that is now the case, as CBS will be charging just that when the 47th edition, Super Bowl XLVII, will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 3, 2013.
The Packers collected $15,000 per man and the Chiefs $7,500-the largest single-game shares in the history of team sports.
The Green Bay Packers opened the Super Bowl series by defeating the AFL champion Chiefs behind the passing of Bart Starr, the receiving of Max McGee, and a key interception by all-pro safety Willie Wood.