Super Bowl Sunday has always been much more than a celebration of a single football game. Families come together in front of the television in a de facto national holiday, offices pool together to buy squares on the final score, and sports bettors will be treated to a smorgasbord of 2019 Super Bowl props.
Along with the long lineup of on-field prop bets based on how the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams will actually play in Super Bowl 53, football fans can wager on any number of 2019 Super Bowl props that have nothing to do with the game itself.
Beginning with the most basic gamble of all – the coin toss which decides ownership of the opening possession, priced at (-105) on either Heads or Tails at online sportsbook Bovada – Super Bowl 53 prop betting runs the gamut from Presidential tweet-storms to how many high-priced commercials will air during the broadcast.
But before diving into the more esoteric of the exotic 2019 Super Bowl props, the headline acts performing the national anthem and the halftime show at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia get top billing.
Atlanta-born singer and songwriter Gladys Knight has been entertaining audiences for the last six decades, so the superstar known as the “Empress of Soul” was a natural choice to sing The Star-Spangled Banner at Super Bowl 53.
The Over / Under on Knight’s anthem performance has been set at 1 minute and 47 seconds, but that line is expected to move before kickoff.
As of now, the Over on 1:47 is listed as the heavy (-160) favorite against (+120) on the Under. After opening at 1:45, the current gap signals an adjustment to 1:48 at some point this week is in the offing.
In a trend which seems to confirm those odds, Super Bowl anthem singers have gone longer than 1:45 in each of the last six years. Continuing the trend, only two performers since Super Bowl XL in 2006 have clocked in under the 1:45 mark.
Nonetheless, bettors backing Under have historically hit their mark against the betting line, as nine of the last 12 Super Bowl anthems have fallen short.
The Super Bowl 53 halftime show has been the subject of controversy in recent weeks, as several high-profile entertainers have stood in solidarity with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick by rejecting the NFL’s overtures.
As a result, milquetoast pop act Maroon 5 has been paired with hometown rap hero Big Boi, one half of Outkast, and rising rap star Travis Scott. Whether the eclectic combo will click with audiences is anyone’s guess, but bettors can bet on several halftime performance props.
With three separate acts joining forces, the total for songs performed during halftime is set at 7.5 (Over -130 / Under -110).
For the first song Maroon 5 belts out to begin the show, the 2007 hit “Makes Me Wonder” is a major favorite at (EVEN) over 2012’s “One More Night” (+550).
Given his propensity for taking to Twitter to vent his thoughts, and the President’s previous standoffs with the NFL, posting odds on Donald Trump tweeting during Super Bowl Sunday certainly makes sense.
Bettors will find the line on total Trump tweets during the day of February 3 set at six, with a heavy (-140) lean on the Over versus the Under (EVEN).
Trump may not have time to tweet if he’s watching a classic Super Bowl showdown in person. The odds on a Presidential appearance at the game are set at (+375) for “YES” and (-650) for “NO.”
Every year millions of viewers play critic while dissecting the latest Super Bowl commercial spots. This year, bettors can guess exactly how many of these multimillion-dollar ad placements will run during the game. The line is set at 96 commercials between kickoff and the final whistle, with identical (-120) lines on the Over and Under.
In a beverage-themed five-ad race for “First Commercial to Appear,” Bud Light (+105) and Budweiser (+250) lead the way, followed by Stella Artois, Michelob Ultra, and Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer at (+550) each.