Got your stopwatches out? Super Bowl National Anthem bettors are scrambling to find out whether or not Jazmine Sullivan and Erich Church’s rendition of the Star Spangled Banner went Over or Under the set time.
Super Bowl National Anthem length
Most places that offered the popular prop bet set the over/under at 1 minute and 59 seconds.
Sullivan and Church went well over that on Sunday, checking in with an unofficial time of 2 minutes and 17 seconds. It was the longest rendition since Lady Gaga went 2:22 in 2016.
DraftKings Sportsbook had the following prop relating to the length of Sullivan and Church’s rendition and whether or not the shortest scoring drive of the game would take less time.
There were several factors that made the Over the more popular bet going into Super Sunday. First, National Anthems at the Super Bowl have been going longer and longer over the years. Only two times in the 1990s did the Anthem go over 2 minutes. In the 2000s, it went over the 2 minute mark four times. And in this previous decade, the 2010s, the Star Spangled Banner spilled over 120 seconds six times.
We’re clearly entering an age where going long on the Anthem is the norm.
Here is a list that shows the year, singer, over/under time set by sportsbooks, actual time (with video) and whether or not it went over or under the total.
|Year||Singer||Over/Under Time||Actual Time||Over/Under|
|2021||Jazmine Sullivan and Eric Church||1:59||2:17||Over|
|2020||Demi Lovato||1:55||1:49 (Video)||Under|
|2019||Gladys Knight||1:47||2:01 (Video)||Over|
|2017||Luke Bryan||2:09||2:04 (Video)||Under|
|2016||Lady Gaga||2:22||2:22 (Video)||Over|
|2015||Idina Menzel||2:02||2:04 (Video)||Over|
|2014||Renée Fleming||2:23||2:03 (Video)||Under|
|2013||Alicia Keys||2:15||2:36 (Video)||Over|
|2012||Kelly Clarkson||1:34||1:34 (Video)||Push|
|2011||Christina Aguilera||1:54||1:53 (Video)||Under|
|2010||Carrie Underwood||1:41||1:47 (Video)||Over|
|2009||Jennifer Hudson||2:04||2:10 (Video)||Over|
|2008||Jordin Sparks||1:47||1:54 (Video)||Over|
|2007||Billy Joel||1:44||1:30 (Video)||Under|
|2006||Aaron Neville/Aretha Franklin||N/A||2:09 (Video)||N/A|
|2005||Choirs of the U.S. military academies||N/A||1:53 (Video)||N/A|
|2003||Dixie Chicks||N/A||1:33 (Video)||N/A|
|2002||Mariah Carey||N/A||1:56 (Video)||N/A|
|2001||Backstreet Boys||N/A||1:49 (Video)||N/A|
|2000||Faith Hill||N/A||2:00 (Video)||N/A|
|1997||Luther Vandross||N/A||1:53 (Video)||N/A|
|1996||Vanessa Williams||N/A||1:35 (Video)||N/A|
|1995||Kathie Lee Gifford||N/A||1:40 (Video)||N/A|
|1994||Natalie Cole||N/A||2:33 (Video)||N/A|
|1993||Garth Brooks||N/A||1:45 (Video)||N/A|
|1992||Harry Connick Jr.||N/A||2:06 (Video)||N/A|
|1991||Whitney Houston||N/A||1:56 (Video)||N/A|
|1990||Aaron Neville||N/A||1:25 (Video)||N/A|
The length of the 2021 Super Bowl National Anthem may have been leaked by an Orlando-based TV reporter on Friday. WESH’s Zach Maskavich posted the following video of Sullivan and Church’s rehearsal at Raymond James Stadium. The length of the rehearsal was 2 minutes and 16 seconds by Maskavich’s count.
Many were wondering if the rehearsal was a red herring of sorts, given how popular the National Anthem prop bet is. Perhaps Sullivan and Church went extra long in their practice run to throw bettors off. That was not the case, however, as Maskavich nailed it – 2 minutes and 16 seconds.
— Zach Maskavich (@ZachMaskavich) February 5, 2021