The Super Bowl was created as part of the merger agreement in 1966 between the National Football League (NFL) and its competitive rival, the American Football League (AFL). One of the conditions of the AFL-NFL Merger was that the winners of each league's championship game would meet in a contest to determine the "world champion of football". Then NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle wanted to call the game "The Big One".
During the discussions to iron out the details, AFL founder and Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt is supposed to have jokingly referred to the proposed interleague championship as the "Super Bowl", a play on words from the new Wham-O Super Ball his daughter then liked to play with and college "bowl" games. Hunt apparently only meant his suggested name to be a stopgap until a better one could be found. Nevertheless, the name "Super Bowl" became permanent.
Note: The KC Chiefs Hall of Honor at Arrowhead Stadium includes a Wham-O SuperBall in honor of this story.
Traditionally, NCAA college teams hold post-season "Bowl" games by invitation. The games between the top professional teams was nicknamed the Super Bowl in 1969.
The "Super Bowl" name was applied retroactively to the first two AFL-NFL World Championship games, played between the two leagues in 1967 and 1968. There were two more world championships prior to the merger of leagues for the 1970 season.
So the first true "Super Bowl" was Super Bowl III in 1969. Beginning in 1971, it became the official title for the NFL Championship Game between the champions of the American and National Conference champions.
One of the biggest reasons the Super Bowl is so popular is because it is the last game of the season, and it is the deciding game on which team is the best of the season. It gives the fans an opportunity to brag about a Super Bowl ring.
Does anybody know why they call it a "bowl game?" It is because in 1916 the first end of season championship game was played in 1901 on New Year's Day between the Michigan Wolverines represented by the east and Stanford University representing the west and Michigan won 49-0. This game was called the Tournament East-West Game sponsored by the Tournament of Roses Association. The game spawned from the first 1890 Tournament of Roses Parade. The president of the Tournament of Roses Association at that time, James Wagner, guaranteed $3500 of his own money to bring the teams to play in Pasadena. The cost of admission to the game was 50 cents to a dollar. An additional $1 was charged to admit the family's horse and buggy on the grounds. This first game was played in Tournament Park about 3 miles southwest from what they now call the Rose Bowl Stadium. The games were moved to the stadium in 1923 and it looked like a bowl in its architectural design. From that one game between colleges in 1901 we now have 34 bowl games in 2008 including the professional teams.
The term 'Super Bowl' has been trademarked by the NFL. This means that a person or company cannot use the term 'Super Bowl' to advertise or sell their product without the consent of the NFL. This consent comes by paying the NFL a fee for the right to use the term 'Super Bowl' in their advertising.
For example, when a person or company is advertising/selling a television they are not allowed to say or write something like "The Super Bowl will look great on this TV" unless they have paid the NFL for the right to use the term 'Super Bowl'. But they can say "The Big Game will look great on this TV" and the NFL can do nothing about it. Most folks understand that 'Big Game' and 'Super Bowl' are one in the same.
This restriction is not carried over to the news or Talk Shows. Sportscasters may use the term 'Super Bowl' without fear of repercussion from the NFL since they are not attempting to sell a product or service.
The Super Bowl was created to see that team was the best. At the time there were two football leagues, the National Football League and the American Football League. In order to see who was the best, the leaders of each league decided that a championship game between the two leagues should be held each year. And so the Super Bowl was born.
The NFL Championship became known as the Super Bowl after the AFL-NFL merger.
It is an entertainment for some, but also some people just love Sports. Exspecially Football
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Super Bowl I: Green Bay by 17 Super Bowl II: Green Bay by 13 Super Bowl III: Baltimore (Colts) by 17 Super Bowl IV: Minnesota by 10 Super Bowl V: Dallas by 1 Super Bowl VI: Dallas by 5 Super Bowl VII: Washington by 2 Super Bowl VIII: Miami by 6 Super Bowl IX: Pittsburgh by 3 Super Bowl X: Pittsburgh by 7 Super Bowl XI: Oakland by 5 Super Bowl XII: Dallas by 5 Super Bowl XIII: Pittsburgh by 4 Super Bowl XIV: Pittsburgh by 11 Super Bowl XV: Philadelphia by 3 Super Bowl XVI: San Francisco by 2 Super Bowl XVII: Miami by 2 Super Bowl XVIII: Washington by 3 Super Bowl XIX: San Francisco by 3 Super Bowl XX: Chicago by 11 Super Bowl XXI: NY Giants by 9 Super Bowl XXII: Denver by 3 Super Bowl XXIII: San Francisco by 7 Super Bowl XXIV: San Francisco by 12 Super Bowl XXV: Buffalo by 7 Super Bowl XXVI: Washington by 7 Super Bowl XXVII: Dallas by 6.5 Super Bowl XXVIII: Dallas by 10.5 Super Bowl XXIX: San Francisco by 18 Super Bowl XXX: Dallas by 13.5 Super Bowl XXXI: Green Bay by 14 Super Bowl XXXII: Green Bay by 12 Super Bowl XXXIII: Denver by 7.5 Super Bowl XXXIV: St Louis by 7 Super Bowl XXXV: Baltimore (Ravens) by 3 Super Bowl XXXVI: St Louis by 14 Super Bowl XXXVII: Oakland by 3.5 Super Bowl XXXVIII: New England by 7 Super Bowl XXXIX: New England by 4 Super Bowl XL: Pittsburgh by 4 Super Bowl XLI: Indianapolis by 7 Super Bowl XLII: New England by 14 Super Bowl XLIII: Pittsburgh by 6.5 Super Bowl XLIV: Indianapolis by 4.5
Super Bowl XLVThe 2011 Super Bowl is Super Bowl XLV (45).
The winners of Super Bowls 1-10: Super Bowl I: Green Bay Packers Super Bowl II: Green Bay Packers Super Bowl III: New York Jets Super Bowl IV : Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl V: Baltimore Colts Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl VII: Miami Dolphins Super Bowl VIII: Miami Dolphins Super Bowl IX: Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl X: Pittsburgh Steelers
Super Bowl XXXIII (33) was the last Super bowl the Denver Broncos won. That Super Bowl occured in 1999.
Super Bowl XVI 1982, Super Bowl XIX 1985, Super Bowl XXIII 1989, Super Bowl XXIV 1990, Super Bowl XXIX 1995
The Oakland Raiders have only won three Super Bowl championships - Super Bowl XI, Super Bowl XV, and Super Bowl XVIII. The San Francisco 49ers have won five Super Bowl championships. These include Super Bowl XVI, Super Bowl XIX, Super Bowl XXIII, Super Bowl XXIV, and Super Bowl XXIX. This means that the 49ers have won more.
Randy Moss hasn't won a Super Bowl ... Super Bowl XLII is the first Super Bowl he has played in.
Cowboys. The Cowboys first Super Bowl win was Super Bowl VI and the Steelers first Super Bowl win was Super Bowl IX.