The Super Bowl is the championship game of the National Football League (NFL), a professional football league in the United States. The game pits the winners of the NFL's two conferences, the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC), against each other (NFC). The conference champions will meet at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on February 4, 2019.
The Super Bowl is the most watched annual television event in the United States and worldwide. It is held at the home stadium of the NFC team. The host city's name appears below the opposing team's logo during the opening credits of the Super Bowl broadcast.
The Super Bowl began as a single-game tournament between the champion teams of the NFL and the American Football League (AFL). The NFL adopted its present format in 1958, when it split into two divisions for a 10-team season. The AFC and NFC have been their names since 1967 and 1968, respectively. The Super Bowl winner receives $100,000 ($1.5 million in 2020), with the losing team receiving $25,000. This makes the Super Bowl the richest sports prize in America.
The NFL Championship Game was originally known as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game until 2002, when it became the Super Bowl following the merger of the two leagues. The NFL retains the right to use the AFL's former name if it so chooses.
National Football League (NFL). The Super Bowl is the National Football League's annual championship game (NFL). It has replaced the NFL Championship Game as the last game of every NFL season since 1966. The game has been played on the first Sunday in February since 2004. It was held at various locations between 1965 and 2003.
The Super Bowl began as a television special on January 15, 1967. The American Football League (AFL) champion Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders hosted which league champion was determined based on final standings. The host team was chosen by random drawing. The first two Super Bowls were won by the Oakland Raiders and the last three by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Each Super Bowl winner receives $100,000 ($1 million in 2020), with the exception of the 1999 game which was won by the New York Giants who received $25,000 due to sponsorship deals. The National Football Conference (NFC) champion usually wins the Super Bowl; however, this does not always happen. For example, the Pittsburgh Steelers did not win the Super Bowl until they became members of the NFC after the 2005 season.
The Super Bowl is the most-watched annual sports event in the United States, with an estimated audience of over 100 million people. It is broadcast in more than 170 countries, territories or areas worldwide. The Super Bowl media market is the largest of any daily newspaper in the United States.
It is held at one of two stadiums in the Minneapolis–St Paul metropolitan area: U.S. Bank Stadium or Mall of America Field. The 2017 Super Bowl will be played on February 5, 2017 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The winner of the Super Bowl wins the NFL Championship and receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The Super Bowl trophy was created in 1971 by New York artist James Allen Ferrier. He based his design on a silver bowl formerly owned by the Chicago Bears which had been given to General George M. Scott after he saved the city during the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. That trophy is now in the Chicago History Museum.
The Super Bowl wiki has over 40 pages detailing statistics, facts, and information about how the game is played with its rules and regulations. The page also includes a list of all champions dating back to 1933 when the National Football League began holding championships.
It is believed that the first official game of American football took place in 1869 between Harvard University and Columbia College.