Super Bowl National Anthem Betting

A History Of The Over/Under

The Super Bowl brings the last opportunity for gamblers to bet on the NFL, and many will be looking for the last chance to score a few bucks. The big game offers several “unique” opportunities when the festivities kick off in February – and that even includes the over/under on the length of the national anthem.

Once again this year, bettors will be hoping the Super Bowl national anthem turns into some star-spangled cash. Over/under wagering on the national anthem adds some extra fun to the biggest game of the NFL season. More than two centuries after Francis Scott Key wrote the “Star-Spangled Banner,” bettors have a decision to make again on his song’s length this year.

Demi Lovato earns the duties for Super Bowl LIV.

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A quick look at recent national anthems provides some trends. The over has won eight times since 2007 and six of the last seven have gone over two minutes.

But a quick look at Demi Lovato’s history may offer some insight as well. She’s sung the anthem for a few big events and it’s worth it to review. Here are those:

YearEventAnthem Time
2017Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight2:11 (Video)
2015MLB World Series Game 41:58 (Video)
2012MLB World Series Game 41:50 (Video)
2011MLB World Series Game 51:49 (Video)
2008NFL Cowboys vs. Seahawks1:53 (Video)

Notice four of the five Lovato anthems are under two minutes. However, the most recent ran well over that time. Her trend is also going up since 2011.

Is that really likely to go back down on such a big stage? That seems unlikely.

And although books haven’t released lines yet for the “Star-Spangled Banner,” it seems it would be in the two-minute range. Considering that and anthem lengths since 2013, betting the over seems like a good idea. Look for Lovato to go the distance.

Trending toward the long road

When it comes to the Super Bowl a long song seems to be the norm. After two straight under wins in 2017 and 2018, the books set the time for Gladys Knight at around 1:47. She continued a trend at topping the two-minute mark, however.

Those betting the over cashed tickets. A quick look at the table below shows there has been a slight trend in the over since 2007 with only four under bet winners and one push. Even two of those under bets, Renée Fleming and Luke Bryan, went longer than two minutes.

So another trend is the overall lengthening of the song. What was once a song that came in around 1:30 and 1:50 in length has turned into a two-minute tune in recent years. In 2018, Pink broke a streak of five straight performances topping that mark

Super Bowl National Anthem History

YearSingerOver/Under TimeActual TimeOver/Under
2019Gladys Knight1:472:01 (Video)Over
2018Pink2:001:52 (Video)Under
2017Luke Bryan2:092:04 (Video)Under
2016Lady Gaga2:222:22 (Video)Over
2015Idina Menzel2:022:04 (Video)Over
2014Renée Fleming2:232:03 (Video)Under
2013Alicia Keys2:152:36 (Video)Over
2012Kelly Clarkson1:341:34 (Video)Push
2011Christina Aguilera1:541:53 (Video)Under
2010Carrie Underwood1:411:47 (Video)Over
2009Jennifer Hudson2:042:10 (Video)Over
2008Jordin Sparks1:471:54 (Video)Over
2007Billy Joel1:441:30 (Video)Under
2006Aaron Neville/Aretha FranklinN/A2:09 (Video)N/A
2005Choirs of the U.S. military academiesN/A1:53 (Video)N/A
2004BeyoncéN/A2:09 (Video)N/A
2003Dixie ChicksN/A1:33 (Video)N/A
2002Mariah CareyN/A1:56 (Video)N/A
2001Backstreet BoysN/A1:49 (Video)N/A
2000Faith HillN/A2:00 (Video)N/A
1999CherN/A1:55 (Video)N/A
1998JewelN/A1:27 (Video)N/A
1997Luther VandrossN/A1:53 (Video)N/A
1996Vanessa WilliamsN/A1:35 (Video)N/A
1995Kathie Lee GiffordN/A1:40 (Video)N/A
1994Natalie ColeN/A2:33 (Video)N/A
1993Garth BrooksN/A1:45 (Video)N/A
1992Harry Connick Jr.N/A2:06 (Video)N/A
1991Whitney HoustonN/A1:56 (Video)N/A
1990Aaron NevilleN/A1:25 (Video)N/A

Big sounds and big moments

The national anthem and its singer bring plenty of interest each year. In 2015, some books halted betting on the national anthem after some large bets came in on the over.

Figuring bettors may have been privy to rehearsal numbers, these books decided continued action might end on a sour note.

Christina Aguilera awarded under bets in 2011, but received criticism after completely flubbing a line in the song. Did that screw-up lead to the under performance? It’s possible.

Once of the most beloved performances is Whitney Houston’s1991 rendition. It was melodic, patriotic, and brilliant.