National Holiday. GAG, not Gaga. $4B v $112m. Updates.
Sunday’s Super Bowl LI (Richie, that is 51) brings together two of the best quarterbacks in the National Football League. The game, telecast on FOX, starts with the ‘Super Bowl Kickoff” at 1pm followed by a four-hour pre-game show. Yes, four hours of content that probably could be condensed into 30 minutes. Why four hours of pre-game? Thank the sponsors who pay big money to air their commercial spots before, during and after the Super Bowl. In the east, the game starts at 6:30pm and between the TV timeouts and Lady Gaga’s 25-minute halftime show the game will be over by 10pm. Yes, that is 9pm central and 7pm west coast time. So, I find it amusing that Kraft Heinz (think ketchup and Velveeta) has called for tomorrow to be a national holiday. They “campaigned” for their national holiday stating that close to a $1B in productivity is lost on the Monday after the Super Bowl due to employees calling in sick or being late for work. Coined “Smunday”, Kraft Heinz’s marketing team have found a simple way to get national publicity by announcing they will petition the federal government to make the Monday after the Super Bowl a designated national holiday. Smart, strategic and a low cost idea to bring attention to the company and their global brands. Well done and kudos to those marketing folks. FYI: a 30-second spot on the Super Bowl will cost a sponsor $5m. In 1967, at Super Bowl I, the same spot cost $37,500.
Speaking of the Super Bowl and specifically the halftime show, the NFL, in their infinite wisdom, selected Lady Gaga to perform at the 25-minute intermission on Sunday. I guess if you are under the age of 25 you may be able to watch and listen to her but really, NFL, why the hell would you select a no-talent, out-spoken zero to perform before 75,000 spectators and a viewing audience of 112 million? Roger Goodell, by now it seems like you would have learned a lesson so good luck dealing with the aftermath of her performance at today’s game.
I really do enjoy the Super Bowl and today’s game is going to be even more special as the Atlanta Falcons have a shot at being Super Bowl champions. I am a huge NFL and college football fan and today’s game is bittersweet because it ends the football season. It is a long wait until late August but for some folks college basketball, the NBA, the NHL and the start of baseball season fills the void. For me, the long wait is filled with watching European and South American soccer as well as the Major League Soccer season. To keep things comparable from a worldwide perspective, today’s Super Bowl will be viewed by approximately 112 million. Two summers ago, more than 1B people watched the 2014 World Cup final. The power of a global sport is amazing.
Updates: The Houthi’s, the Yemen sect supported by Iran, attacked a Saudi warship thinking it was a U.S. ship…you can’t fix stupid. Speaking of Yemen and the Houthis, SecDef Mattis ordered the USS Cole into the Persian Gulf and it is parked off the coast of Yemen. Just to be clear, the USS Cole is one of our warships armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles. Sleep well Yemen. Jaime turned 30 years old yesterday. It is Super Bowl Sunday – GO FALCONS!
Adios and Happy Super Bowl Sunday!!