When Is Super Bowl

Thu, 18 Sep 2008 00:13

When Is Super Bowl

It's not surprising that the Super Bowl is one of the most awaited sports games in the United States. Football happens to be one of the most popular sports in the country, and television broadcasts of the Super Bowl attract millions of viewers every year. The game and its festivities are called Super Bowl Sunday and has been likened to a de facto national holiday in the United States. In fact, Super Bowl Sunday happens to be the day that Americans consume the most amount of food, next to Thanksgiving. This just goes to show how important the game is and how popular the Super Bowl has become among Americans.

The first Super Bowl game

The first Super Bowl was played on January 15, 1967 because the National Football League and its former rival, the American Football League, agreed to a game in which each league's championship team played against each other to determine the world's champion football team. This match was called "AFL-NFL World Championship Game." In 1970, the AFL and the NFL merged, and the Super Bowl became the championship game of the NFL. Since then, the teams battling in the Super Bowl were the champions of NFL's two conferences: the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference. Because the Super Bowl is held during the next year, the name makes use of Roman numerals instead of simply using the year it was held in. The Super Bowl game in 1996, for example, is actually the championship game for the 1995 season. 

When Super Bowl games are held

The Super Bowl is held annually on a Sunday. This is considered as the final game of the NFL. Originally, the Super Bowl was held in early to mid-January after the regular season (consisting of 14 games) and the playoffs have been held. Through the years, the date of the game was moved from the second Sunday of January to the third. After that, it was moved to the fourth Sunday of January. Today, though, the game is played during the first Sunday of February. This is because the regular NFL season currently has 17 weeks consisting of 16 regular games and one bye week.

Reasons for the progression of the date of the Super Bowl

There are various factors that led to the progression of the date when the Super Bowl is held. One is the fact that the regular season of the NFL expanded in 1978 from just 14 games to 16. The NFL playoffs, which are held before the Super Bowl, were also expanded from just two rounds to three in 1978. In 1990, the bye week has been added, moving the Super Bowl a week later. Aside from that, a decision has been made before the 2003 season that the regular season is going to begin a week after Labor Day, which means that the start of the season is moved to a week later than it had been. All these occurrences have led to the changing of the date of the Super Bowl.