Super Bowl Fun Facts – The Big Game By The Numbers
The Minnesota cold may take some getting used to, but Super Bowl LII (52) will feature plenty of familiar faces and traditions. Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are making their second straight run at the Lombardi Trophy in their eighth appearance in the big game since 2002. Millions of people will tune in on television, as usual. And we’ll again consume more than a billion chicken wings while watching hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of commercials with a bit of football mixed in.
Lurking behind the standard hoopla, however, are an unusual setting, an upstart and an unanswered question. The Twin Cities are hosting for just the second time, in the sixth Super Bowl held in a cold-weather locale. The Philadelphia Eagles are set to make just their third Super Bowl appearance, in search of their first victory, after losing efforts in 1980 and 2004. And everyone wants to know whether the birds from the City of Brotherly Love will fly high enough to turn Patriots into prey or wind up winded in crunch time once again.
Only time will tell which team ends up going to Disneyland. But we can certainly get you prepared for the action in the meantime. Below, you’ll find an awesome infographic with our favorite factoids and tidbits about Super Bowl LII, plus a Q&A with a panel of leading sports business experts. Enjoy the game!
For additional insight into the business of the big game, and the NFL more generally, we posed the following questions to a panel of leading experts. You can check out their bios and responses below.
- Who's your pick to win?
- What kind of economic impact do you expect the Super Bowl will have on Minneapolis Area?
- What trends do you expect from the commercials this year? Is Super Bowl ad time an effective investment for companies?
- What are the biggest issues facing the future of the league economically?
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