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The Super Bowl is the final, championship game played at the close of the National Football League (NFL) season. Played on the first Sunday in February, this major sporting event tends to get the highest television ratings of the year.
The game's popularity allows broadcasters to put million dollar price tags on commercial spots. The game also features a major musical performance for its halftime show and organizers usually tap a famous singer to belt out the National Anthem at the start of the game.
When the American Football League (AFL) and the NFL agreed to merge in the mid-1960s, the groups decided to create the Super Bowl, which would pit the rival leagues against one another at the end of the season. A few years later the merger was complete, and the game stayed on the schedule. Succeeding years would see the game's popularity reach stratospheric levels and game day would become an unofficial holiday in the United States.
In the modern era, the game regularly gets over 100 million viewers on broadcast day. As such, the Super Bowl is second only to the UEFA Champions League final in worldwide viewership. Most Super Bowl viewers live in North America; however, the NFL tends to boast that up to a billion people around the world could watch the Super Bowl if they chose.
Although football fans are glued to their televisions to see the teams play, the Super Bowl also courts viewers who want to see the halftime show and the commercials. The day after the Super Bowl, break rooms and offices around the country talk about the commercials and entertainment almost as much as the football plays.