Update: 1:20 p.m. EST, February 7
We’re only two days away from Super Bowl LV between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with kickoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m. EST Sunday. Tampa Bay is set to be the first team in NFL history to play a Super Bowl on its home ground: Raymond James Stadium, which is ready for its close-up thanks to a $ 160 million renovation. But with fan participation limited by the pandemic, it won’t look like your typical home game – or like any Super Bowl before.
Here’s everything you need to know before the big game.
The Chiefs are the defending NFL champions, but rank only 23rd on our list of the league’s most valuable teams. Still, that gives them six places ahead of the Buccaneers, who could play in the new “Title City USA”But financial success is not guaranteed.
There is some serious cash in the owner’s box, however. The Hunts, who have owned the Chiefs for six decades, are among the The richest families in America, value over $ 15 billion. Meanwhile, the Glazer family, who own Manchester United in addition to the Buccaneers, own one of the the world’s most valuable sports empires. Glazers hope Super Bowl will spark a turnaround for a franchise that used to be the NFL not so long ago.
The match pits Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians against against a team he loves. Heads coach Andy Reid, meanwhile, is receive praise from Terrell Owens– it’s no small feat, given the eventful end of their relationship with the Eagles.
Sunday’s game will feature one of the NFL players ten highest paid players, and it is not Patrick Mahomes, who has a lowercase cap number despite the record overtime last year. How good is Mahomes? Well, Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Johnson calls him “the most talented quarterback I’ve never seen ”, and the fans are willing to pay $ 861,000 for his recruit card.
His Buccaneers counterpart is not left out either: Tom Brady plays in his tenth Super Bowl after 20 years in New England. “He called his own shotSays former receiver Nate Burleson. Even Brady’s former nemesis Eli Manning is impressed. Brady, who has earned more than $ 350 million in his career, is an astute negotiator off the pitch, with several properties worth tens of millions of dollars. here is how the goat and the child stack up.
It will be the fifth career game between Mahomes and Brady. The chefs have a secret weapon in their high school but will have to hope for their redesigned offensive line can withstand a fierce pass rush.
After 37 years of Super Bowl commercials, Budweiser is skip the big game. It is also not the only major advertiser to take a sabbatical year, which begs the question of whether Covid-19 means the big Super Bowl commercials end. Don’t get carried away, though: a 30-second ad still costs $ 5.5 million, and with Television ratings are on the rise these playoffs, marketing directors are ready to give viewers a misappropriation of the world’s misfortunes. Serena Williams is bring a message of joy to a Michelob Ultra commercial, and Cedric the Entertainer is reunion with Bud Light. Joe Montana is featured in Guinness ad, and Sam Adams is shoot a rival. Billionaire uses 30-second spot to raise funds for his favorite charity.
The battle for spirit sharing doesn’t end with television. Twitter is planning a waterfall in the stadium, and many brands clash on Amazon, Walmart.com and Target.com. Verizon launches an attempt to make its 5G millimeter wave more relevant to NFL fans.
The halftime show
The Weeknd doesn’t get paid to cover the Super Bowl halftime show. In fact it goes lose money by performing.
Accessory bets had their decisive moment in 1986 and keep growing. And why wouldn’t they do it? Who doesn’t want to spend the money to find out if Miley Cyrus’ navel will be visible or if Andy Reid says “burger” in his post-game interview? (To see the full list of prop bets available here, and see betting tips from a bettor here.)
FanDuel expects a big day, leading to an eventful year 2021. The Chiefs are favored, but stock market watchers shoot for the buccaneers. Yahoo is following the example of DraftKings and FanDuel by offering a legally contestable contest.
Whichever way you choose to bet, remember: Even though almost half of the country has legalized sports betting, your Super Bowl squares pool is probably illegal.
The last word
“I am the rabbit’s foot. When I go to a team, they get there.
A year after reaching the Super Bowl with the Chiefs, LeSean McCoy returned with the buccaneers.