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History Of The Super Bowl

    The Super Bowl is the championship game of the National Football League. It was created as part of a merger agreement between the National Football League and its competitive rival, the American Football League.    

    The two leagues began serious merger talks in 1966. Pete Rozelle was the NFL commissioner at that time and he wanted the championship game to be named “The Big One”. While discussing details of the game, one of the AFL’s founders, Lamar Hunt, jokingly referred to the proposed game as the “Super Bowl”. The name was consistent with post-season college football “bowl” games and it became permanent.

    The NFL’s Green Bay Packers won the first two Super Bowls in 1967 and 1968. Some were concerned that the AFL was not competitive. However, when Joe Namath led the New York Jets to defeat the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III, that perception changed.  A year later, the AFL’s Kansas City Chiefs defeated the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings.

    The game is currently played on the first Sunday of February, following a 17 week regular season (16 games with one bye week) and three rounds of playoffs. The winning team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy which is named after the coach of the Green Bay Packers, who won the first two Super Bowls.

    The Super Bowl is often the most watched television program of the year and on average, 80-90 million Americans are tuned in at any given moment. With an audience this large, advertisers go all out to create memorable commercials. With our current economy, the cost for running a TV commercial during the game has dropped. A 30 second commercial is now only running 2.5 million to 2.8 million – Down from last year’s 3.0 million dollar price!