What Is the Super Bowl? by Dina AnastasioWith over 110 million viewers every year, the Super Bowl is one of the most watched television events in the United States. The final showdown between the two best football teams in the NFL attracts some of the biggest musicians to perform at the half-time show. But the Super Bowl is more than just a spectacle – it’s a high-stakes game to win the championship and claim a place in history. Go back in time and relive all the magic from years past – from excruciating fumbles to game winning plays.
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Each winter, millions of Americans gather around their televisions for Super Bowl Sunday. NFL teams compete throughout the fall for the honor of being one of the top two teams who get to play in the biggest game of the year: the Super Bowl. Though you may not find it listed on any calendar , Super Bowl Sunday is considered an unofficial holiday in the United States. In fact, after Thanksgiving , more food is eaten on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year. Most years the Super Bowl is the most-watched program on television in America and the second most-watched program worldwide.
Super Bowl Sunday has become an unofficial holiday in the United States, a day when families and friends to gather to watch the game, the over-the-top commercials and big-name musical acts at halftime. The game and the two weeks of hype, parties and the annual Media Day leading up it have turned the Super Bowl into a spectacle along the lines of the Olympics or World Cup, a royal wedding or papal celebration, the Oscars or Grammys. The NFL season has far fewer games than the other major North American sports — 16 compared to in baseball — which makes every game an event. But once the season gets to the Super Bowl, many of the fans don't get a chance to go. Cities bid for the right to host the Super Bowl and many use the game as a rallying point to build a new stadium and bring in revenue.
The game is the culmination of a regular season that begins in the late summer of the previous year. Normally, Roman numerals are used to identify each Super Bowl, rather than the year in which it is held. For example, Super Bowl I was played on January 15, , following the regular season.
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By Howie Long, John Czarnecki. Almost every year, the highest-rated show on network television is the Super Bowl, with whatever the number-two show is running a distant second. Of the ten most-watched shows in the history of television, four of them are Super Bowl games. Clearly, the Super Bowl has become an event that all of America, both casual and hard-core fans alike, focuses on. The Super Bowl has also become an international event. In the United States, an estimated The main reason the Super Bowl is so popular is that pro football is the only major professional team sport with a single-elimination playoff system.