Before the excitement of kickoff, even before the thrill of the coin toss, there is another matter of betting importance – will the Super Bowl National Anthem prop go OVER or UNDER the time set by oddsmakers?
Betting on the length of the national anthem has evolved from a 50-50 fun bet to a wager where savvy bettors can actually handicap the Star Spangled Banner and make money off it.
Nowadays, as soon as the anthem singer is announced, bettors run to youtube to seek out any prior editions of the anthem that singer has performed. Maybe at an all-star game or pregame of another sport.
What was the Gladys Knight national anthem betting controversy?
For Super Bowl 53, Gladys Knight was chosen and youtube offered up just a single previous version, which went quickly as about 1:35. That sparked a rush of early UNDER money. Other bettors theorized she might not linger with long notes because of the controversy surrounding her decision.
Others had declined to sing the anthem as a show of support for Colin Kaepernick’s dispute against the NFL.
Regardless, there was a range of times available to bet, some sportsbooks offering it as low as 1:45 and others as high as 1:50. Some books (such as BetOnline.ag) had it as 1:47 and the unofficial time landed right on 1:47. To avoid any controversy, BetOnline made everyone a winner on that Super Bowl national anthem prop for Super Bowl 53.
Since BetonSuperBowl.com pledges to present every possible shred of Super Bowl handicapping information, we put our youtube researchers on the case to listen to every single Super Bowl national anthem and to time them all. Except for Super Bowl II, we have them all in the most comprehensive (and possibly silly) listing of national anthem performers and times.
Check it out below and consult it during the next Super Bowl before placing your national anthem prop wager.
|40||Aaron Neville & Aretha||2:09|
|39||US Military Choirs||1:53|
|29||Kathy Lee Gifford||1:38|
|26||Harry Connick jr||2:07|
|19||SF Bay Children Choirs||1:21|
|13||The Colgate 13||1:19|
|11||Vicki Carr *God Bless America||2:00|
|9||The Mardi Gras Chorus||1:22|
|7||Little Angels Children Choir||1:12|
|6||Air Force Chorale||1:10|
|4||Doc Severinsen & Pat O’Brien||1:26|
|3||Lloyd Geisler (Symphony)||1:27|
|2||GSU Tiger Marching Band||NA|