Today, the First Super Bowl Game was Played

On this day, January 15th 1967 the first Super Bowl was held at Los Angeles Coliseum.  The Kansas City Chiefs played the Green Bay Packers.  The Packers ended up defeating the Chiefs 35-10, and scored three touchdowns in the second half of the game.  The game did not sell out with only 61,946 people attending the game.  Each Packer won an unprecedented $15,000.00 for winning the game.  If the Packers were to be awarded this bonus in 2014 it would come out to be $104,671.71.

Before the Super Bowl, the two different leagues were completely separate and competing for fans and players.  The National Football League and the American Football League talked about merging, and the first Super Bowl merged from these talks.  Postseason college games were called bowls, so the founder of the American Football League suggested it be called a Super Bowl.  The leagues adopted the title in 1969, but it was not until 1970 when they finally merged into one league with two conferences.

Over 130 to 140 million people will watch at least some part of the Super Bowl this coming February.  Some may be watching for the ads.  An ad spot can cost up to $2.5 million for only thirty seconds of air time, and after seeing the viewership of the game, it’s no wonder why.

References:

Packers face Chiefs in first Super Bowl. (2014). The History Channel website. Retrieved 8:09, January 10, 2014, from http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/packers-face-chiefs-in-first-super-bowl.

Inflation Calculation used from Bureau of Labor at http://www.bls.gov/data/inflation_calculator.htm

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