The Super Bowl is without doubt the biggest date in the American sporting calendar, and this year’s game did not disappoint. Thousands of American football fans filled the Hard Rock stadium in Miami, Florida to support the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs as they battled for National Football League (NFL) supremacy.
The Chiefs ended their 50-year wait for Super Bowl victory, with excitement reaching fever pitch in the final quarter, when the team came back from 20-10 down to score 21 points with six minutes to spare.
It was a big night for business too, as companies paid up to $5.6 million dollars for a 30 second advertising slot. Google, Squarespace, Jeep and Cheetos all featured in the commercial breaks of the 3.5-hour game, leaning on the theme of 80s/90s nostalgia as their creative inspiration.
This year’s game ranked as the 10th most watched Super Bowl of all time with over 148.5 million people tuning in, according to Fox Sports. The NFL is growing in popularity across the Atlantic too, attracting support from sporting fans and global business alike.
At Parimatch, we saw impressive levels of interest in the 2020 Super Bowl, with 1300 bets placed on the game. As the half-time performance began, with Shakira and J-Lo lighting up the stage with a 14-minute medley of their greatest hits, bets were placed and adjusted as anticipation of the outcome rapidly increased. By the final whistle, a third of our betting customers had predicted that the Chiefs would be victorious.
The clear interest from Parimatch customers in American sports shows the increasing popularity of betting on international sporting games. We are excited for a big year of sport ahead – with the Masters in April, UEFA Champions League in May, and of course the Euro 2020 tournament in June.
Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs!