Super Bowl 57 is set to be the most heavily bet-on sporting event ever, which isn’t a surprise given the growth of legal online sports betting and the wide assortment of props you can find action on.
One of my favorite Super Bowl prop bets takes place before the game actually kicks off and involves a little less luck than selecting heads or tails.
There is generally an edge to be found when betting on the length of the Super Bowl national anthem, and all it takes is a little bit of research and an observant eye on social media.
I’ve compiled some initial research below, but there’s usually a National Anthem practice run in the days leading up to the big game, so keep an eye on Twitter for any information that gets leaked.
Who’s Singing the Super Bowl’s National Anthem?
Country music artist Chris Stapleton will have the honor of singing “The Star-Spangled Banner" before the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles take the field at State Farm Stadium in Super Bowl 57.
Stapleton, a Kentucky native, began his career as a songwriter and has co-written six number-one country songs, including Kenny Chesney’s “Never Wanted Nothing More" and Luke Bryan’s “Drink a Beer."
As a vocalist, he is known for his unique sound and has produced hit songs in “Tennessee Whiskey" and “Broken Halos." Over the course of his career, he has collected eight Grammys and 10 Academy of Country Music Awards.
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How Long Does It Take To Sing the National Anthem?
In recent years, we have seen Super Bowl national anthem singers draw things out a little more, which makes sense given the big stage.
Here are the times for the last five years of Super Bowl national anthem renditions:
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Chris Stapleton Scouting Report
In previous years, we have been able to get a pretty good sense of how long the Super Bowl national anthem would run since we had previous performances at other events to work with.
For instance, the national anthem singer for Super Bowl 56 between the Bengals and Rams was country artist Mickey Guyton, who had sung “The Star-Spangled Banner" at the National Memorial Day Concert in Washington D.C. just eight months beforehand.
Unfortunately, that won’t be the case this year. A deep dive through the YouTube archives did not yield any prior performances of the national anthem from Stapleton, which means we’ll be doing more conjecturing than anything in the buildup to the big game.
Super Bowl National Anthem Over/Under Prediction
Chris Stapleton to Sing Super Bowl National Anthem in 2:12
The consensus Super Bowl national anthem odds are currently listed at two minutes and five seconds, which falls back in line with the typical performance length.
However, Stapleton generally runs slightly long for a country singer and a lot of his songs are slower-paced. While he may not hold the final note of “brave" as long as singers with more traditional voices, there is the potential that a guitar interlude takes this well Over.
National Anthem Super Bowl Bet
National Anthem Over 2:05 (TBD) at DraftKings
WAGER: 1 Unit
The Super Bowl national anthem prop is off the board at the moment, but I would feel comfortable taking the Over on any line set at 2:05 or lower.
I would be surprised if Stapleton rivals Guyton’s speedier rendition from last February.
Where can I bet the Super Bowl National Anthem?
While Super Bowl props are the main attraction when betting on the big game, some states have restrictions as to which novelty props sportsbooks can offer.
Here is a full list of the states in which certain Super Bowl props are available:
Coin Toss: AZ, IL, IN, MD, MI, MS, NJ, NY, PA, WA, WV, WY
Gatorade Color: AZ, IL, MD, NJ, WV
National Anthem: IL, MD
MVP Award: AZ, CT, CO, DC, KS, IA, IL, IN, LA, MD, MI, MS, NJ, OH, PA, TN, WA, WV, WY
Negative Outcomes: AZ, CT, CO, DC, KS, IL, IN, LA, MD, MI, MS, NJ, OH, PA, TN, VA, WA, WV, WY