The Super Bowl History

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Previews and views of the 2012 Super Bowl as we await the unexpected.

Previews and views of the 2012 Super Bowl as we await the unexpected.

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  • 1. ==== ====Get payed to visit websites and make an extra income, visit the best payed to click website belowhttp://www.ptcbox.com/?rid=52542==== ====On January 15, 1967 the very first professional American football championship was played at LosAngeles Memorial Coliseum. It was billed as the AFL -NFL 1967 World Championship. Gametickets sold for $6.00 to $12.00. The game failed to sell out. Professional football spectators werenot quite fanatical at that point in the sports history, perhaps because they did not fully appreciatethe potential of such an event. While the stated purpose was to determine the champion amongtwo competing professional American football leagues, the National Football League (NFL) andthe American Football League (AFL), the Super Bowl has grown to represent so much more. It hasbecome the ultimate symbol of Americas resolve to succeed against all odds.On that faithful January day in 1967 the NFL, represented by its champion the Green BayPackers, challenged the AFLs Kansas City Chiefs. In a game played by the two best teams onEarth, made up of the best athletes on the planet, and viewed by professional football fans all overthe country, Green Bay, led by the legendary Vince Lombardi, beat Hank Strams Kansas CityChiefs 35 to 10.When Green Bay returned the next year beating the AFLs Los Angeles Raiders 33 to 14, manybelieved the AFL would never match up. All that changed in 1969 when New York Jetsquarterback, Joe Namath, made an off-the-cuff victory guarantee to a rowdy Colts fan during aSuper Bowl press conference. In response to the heckling Colts fan, Namath said: "Were gonnawin; I guarantee it." Namaths Guarantee created a sensation as news agencies broadcast thestory in every major news network in the Country. On January 12, 1969 Joe Namath and hisunderdog AFL team went out and won the Super Bowl.In 1970 the two leagues merged into the NFL creating two conferences out of the two formerleagues. All former NFL teams, except one, became National Football Conference members andall AFL teams became American Football Conference members. One team was needed tobalance the schedule, so the Baltimore Colts switched from the NFC to the AFC. Consequentlythe great Super Bowl match-up of 1969 cannot be repeated between the Jets and the Colts asboth teams are now members of the same conference.In 1965, prior to the merger, the upstart AFL secured a thirty-six million dollar contract with NBCfor broadcast rights, which gave the league financial stability. Many cities across the country,principally in the south and the west had no professional football teams to satisfy the growingdemand for the sport. As the AFL grew to satisfy that demand it also grew in prominence andbegan to compete for the top draft choices from college programs around the country. The twoleagues observed an unspoken rule that neither would attempt to sign a player under contract inthe others league. However, when the New York Giants signed place kicker Pete Gogolak, whowas under contract with the AFLs Buffalo Bills, AFL commissioner, Al Davis, took off the glovesand the AFL aggressively pursued the highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL. With attractive salary
  • 2. offers, the AFL managed to lure 7 of the NFLs most promising quarterbacks to the AFL in the1965 season. Although the AFL later surrendered the contracts, the NFL recognized the threat theAFL posed by plundering their talent pool. Merger talks were conducted without the knowledge ofNFL commissioner, Pete Rozelle or the AFLs commissioner, Al Davis. On June 8, 1966, the teamowners of both leagues announced they had reached terms for a merger agreement. The actualmerger would take four years to complete.While league officials searched for a sensational name for the annual championship game, theKansas City Chiefs owner, Lamar Hunt, proposed calling it the "Super Bowl". Hunt, who was theowner of the Kansas City Chiefs and one of the founders of the American Football League, cameup with the name while watching his daughter play with a rubber ball that was a toy sensation inthe mid sixties. Whamo marketed the toy as the "Super Ball". Hunts suggestion was only intendedto serve as a temporary name, until a more glorious moniker could be agreed upon. Having failedto find a more desirable or descriptive replacement, the name stuck.More than 151.6 million viewers tuned in to watch the 44th Super Bowl in 2010. According toNeilson Ratings, the 2010 Super Bowl was the most watched television program of all time. Itsurpassed the long standing record set by the final episode of the popular television seriesM*A*S*H, which drew 121.6 million viewers on February 28, 1983. In many ways the Super Bowlhas become a contest of numbers. In 2010 thirty seconds of commercial air time sold for 3 milliondollars, which is a long way from the $37,500 charged by NBC for a 30 second spot during the firstSuper Bowl. Super Bowl wagers were estimated to exceed 10 billion dollars in 2010. The gamewas broadcast in 34 languages in 232 countries around the world. The 2010 Super Bowl addedand estimated 400 million dollars to Miamis economy as a result of the Colts and Saints challengefor the title. Fans spent an estimated 5.6 billion dollars on Super Bowl related items during thechampionship. The media, marketing, entertainment and background stories surrounding theSuper Bowl have become every bit as sensational as the game itself.As of 2010 only two cities north of the Mason Dixon Line have ever hosted a Super Bowl; Detroitin 1982 and 2006, and Minneapolis in 1992. That trend is about to change. Dallas will host theSuper Bowl in 2011, Indianapolis in 2012, New Orleans in 2013, and New Jersey in 2014. TheNFL has also given some consideration to playing a future Super Bowl in London, England.There are many great stories that make up Super Bowl history. One such story reportedly tookplace during the very first championship game. According to the Orlando Sentinel, CBS and NBCboth covered the first Super Bowl sharing the same televised footage, but each used its ownsportscasters. The cameras missed the kick-off for the second half of the game, becausesportscaster Charles Jones was busy interviewing Bob Hope. When the head referee ordered are-kick, a CBS producer directed CBS reporter Pat Summerall to explain the mishap to VinceLombardi, the Packers head coach. Pat Summerall, who played as a place kicker for the NewYork Giants under the legendary coach, refused to go anywhere near him. The story serves asanecdotal evidence of the terrorizing roar so often associated with Vince Lombardi, for whom theChampionship Trophy is now named. Sadly, there is no known network coverage of the first SuperBowl. Reportedly, the only known tape was taped over to record a soap opera.American radio broadcast personality Mark Champion is well known by basket ball fans as thevoice of the Detroit Pistons. He is perhaps less well known as the off-screen voice who asks theSuper Bowl MVP "Youve just won the Super Bowl, what are you going to do next?" Since 1987,
  • 3. Disney has been an important part of the Super Bowl tradition with its "Whats Next" advertisingcampaign. The Walt Disney Company tapes two versions of the commercial, one promotingDisneyland in Anaheim, California and another for Disney World in Orlando, Florida and airs themin the markets geographically relevant to the two theme parks. Former Disney CEO, MichaelEisner credits his wife, Jane Eisner with the whole idea for the long running advertising campaign.In 1986, during Disneys opening celebration for the Star Tours attraction at Disney World inOrlando, Florida, the Eisners dined with Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager (no relation to ChuckYeager), who had just broken aviation history with their non-stop flight around the world in theirspecially designed Voyager aircraft. Jane Eisner reportedly asked the couple what they planned todo next and they replied "Well, were going to Disneyland." She later suggested her husband usethat as part of an advertising campaign to promote Disneys theme parks. Since 1987 Disney hasused what it refers to as the "Whats Next" advertising campaign every year (except 2006) topromote its theme parks during the post game celebration of the Super Bowl. The ads havebecome as much a part of the Super Bowl as the half time entertainment and the much anticipatedSuper Bowl commercials.Each year millions of fans from around the world plan their schedules around American Footballsgreatest event. The show stopping half-time talent, the knee slapping commercials, the galas, thebackground stories, and the hype are as much a part of the show as the amazing athletes thatplay and the brilliant strategists who stalk the sidelines. While basketball and baseball are playedin other countries around the world, American football remains uniquely American. The SuperBowl is Americas Championship Game.For more information on the Super Bowl, please see our site on the super bowl tickets. We arerecognized experts on Superbowl tickets information, as well as other NFL sporting events. Wecan show you how to get the best deal and save money on NFL super bowl tickets.==== ====Get payed to visit websites and make an extra income, visit the best payed to click website belowhttp://www.ptcbox.com/?rid=52542==== ====