The Super Bowl odds board often includes novelty variety bets with crossover appeal, such as those related to the singing of the national anthem. At legal US sportsbooks, bets on the over/under for anthem singing time generally aren’t legal or available in most markets.
Reba McEntire performed the national anthem at Super Bowl 58. She went over the listed time of 90.5 seconds, completing her rendition in one minute and 35 seconds. Read on for a look at Super Bowl national anthem betting.
Super Bowl national anthem odds
In advance of Super Bowl 58, national anthem odds were available at FanDuel Sportsbook in select markets. Below is what the line was for Reba McEntire to complete her rendition.
Super Bowl 58 national anthem odds
The result of the bet is based on the official recorded time. Note that certain novelty props are only available in specific states within the US. Depending on your location, some wagers might not be available to you.
How do you bet on the national anthem at the Super Bowl?
Just betting on the length of time it will take to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” generally isn’t something that legal US sportsbooks can offer. However, several of the top books have provided recent workarounds that tie together the performance with another aspect of the game.
For example, DraftKings Sportsbook has previously offered a prop on whether the singing of the anthem will be longer or shorter than the game’s fastest scoring drive, based on the amount of actual time that has ticked off the game clock.
If we look back to Super Bowl 57, the consensus on the expected time for Chris Stapleton’s performance was 2 minutes and 5 seconds. Here’s an example of a betting line:
- Which will be quicker — singing of the anthem or a scoring drive in the game?
- Singing of the anthem (-110)
- Game scoring drive (-110)
For the initial release, odds are typically equal for both choices, but the numbers can move in response to how people are betting.
Who is singing the national anthem at this year’s Super Bowl?
Country music legend Reba McEntire sang the national anthem at Super Bowl 58, which took place at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The anthem singer for next year’s big game hasn’t been announced yet.
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Recent national anthem trends at the Super Bowl
Reliable data on the estimated times for the anthem goes back to 2007. Since that point, here are the numbers:
- Over: Ten
- Under: Seven
- Push: One
- Longest: 2:36, Alicia Keys, 2013
- Shortest: 1:30, Billy Joel, 2007
- Over two minutes: Nine times
- Under two minutes: Nine times
Betting history for the Super Bowl national anthem
Here’s a breakdown of all anthem performances since 2007, along with the final result in relation to the estimated time:
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Tips for anthem betting
As with any other bet, there’s simply no way to predict with 100% certainty exactly what’s going to happen with the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” However, since betting on it has become increasingly popular recently, bettors have been trying to crack the code. Here are some tips if you want to give anthem betting a try:
- Does the performer have any public anthem history?: Many internet sleuths dig through YouTube and other social media archives to see if there’s any anthem track record for the current performer. If so, that start-to-finish time can serve as a benchmark for what may happen on the Super Bowl stage, but you’ll also want to account for any other factors that may impact the performance. Reba McIntire has had renditions as long as 90.5 seconds and as short as 66 seconds.
- What’s the consensus on the estimated time?: While this can be helpful, the estimated time has been off the mark with what actually happened a number of times in recent years. For bettors, the goal is to figure out if the book has made the benchmark too high or too low and to wager accordingly.
- Are there any notable recent trends?: Since Kelly Clarkson belted out the anthem in 1:34 in 2012, all other anthem performances have lasted 1:47 or longer. For the last three years, the performance has lasted at least 1:52, but no longer than 1:59. Recent trends are no guarantee of what’s going to happen next, but they can provide a good baseline for expectations.
Super Bowl National Anthem FAQ
Over/under bets for the length of the national anthem are not generally available at legal US sportsbooks. However, the bet for Reba McEntire was available in Ontario, and legal sportsbooks set the over/under at 90.5 seconds.
Alicia Keys set the record at Super Bowl 47 in 2013. Her rendition of the anthem checked in at 2 minutes and 36 seconds.
At Super Bowl 32 in 1998, Jewel blew through her anthem performance in 1 minute and 27 seconds. The record still stands, with Billy Joel coming the closest in 2007 at 1:30.
Usher headlined the Super Bowl 58 halftime show.
The anthem was a group effort at the inaugural big game. The UCLA choir, Michigan marching band, and The Pride of Arizona all took part in the performance.