After seventeen weeks of regular-season play in the middle of a pandemic, and three intense rounds of playoff action, Super Bowl 55 is finally here.
For sports bettors, this is the last opportunity for seven months to bet on live NFL action, and there will be no shortage of bets for any bettor – new or old – to choose from.
One of the most popular bets of Super Sunday will not involve Patrick Mahomes or Tom Brady at all. In fact, it has nothing to do with the game itself, yet it will receive as much attention as anything related to the game.
What is that wager you might be asking yourself?
Well, it’s none other than guessing at how long the signing of the National Anthem will be.
Just like our forefathers dreamt, bettors hope to turn the star-spangled banner into a star-spangled bankroll infusion when they take part in the annual over/under wager of the length of the National Anthem.
This year’s rendition of the National Anthem will be sung by country music star Eric Church and acclaimed R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan.
What does that entail for betting on the Star-Spangled Banner? Let’s dive in.
Super Bowl National Anthem Betting Trends
For bettors hoping to find a strong betting trend on the national anthem, there may be a bit of disappointment.
Since Super Bowl XLIV in 2010, anthem singers have interchanged long versions with more buttoned-up versions, as the over on the national anthem is 5-5-1 dating back to this date. However, three of the past four Super Bowls have indeed gone under the total, so make of that what you will.
The most noticeable trend in recent years is that more anthem singers have decided to stretch the song out longer than they typically would for other games.
In the 1990s, the anthem would only top the two-minute mark on two separate occasions, in the 2000s the anthem would top two minutes four times, but in the previous decade, it bested 120 seconds in length six straight times from 2013 to 2018.
With two artists set to sing the anthem this year, we can anticipate that oddsmakers will look at the two-minute mark again as the opening line.
Super Bowl National Anthem Betting History
While the National Anthem has been a staple of the Super Bowl since its creation 55 years ago, betting odds for the National Anthem didn’t start appearing until Super Bowl XLI when Billy Joel would get the party started in Miami with a short 90-second rendition of the anthem.
Since betting was made available on the length of the national anthem, the over has cashed seven times, the under has cashed six times, and in 2012 Kelly Clarkson sang the National Anthem in exactly 1 minute and 34 seconds, resulting in the lone push to occur with this prop bet.
Super Bowl National Anthem Betting Results
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Super Bowl LV National Anthem Betting Odds
As of January 25, 2021, we are still waiting for the national anthem betting odds to be set.
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