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Why does the Super Bowl start so late? Exploring reasons behind timing of NFL’s blockbuster event

Super Bowl LVIII will pit the Kansas City Chiefs against the San Francisco 49ers. The Chiefs, led by Patrick Mahomes, will compete in their fourth Super Bowl in five years as defending champions. Brock Purdy and the 49ers, on the other hand, were eliminated from the NFC Championship Game last season, but advanced to the Super Bowl this year.

This is a rematch of Super Bowl LV, which took place three years ago in Miami. The Chiefs won that game 31-20 and the 49ers will be motivated to avenge that loss this time.


Why does the Super Bowl start so late?

Super Bowl LIV - San Francisco 49ers vs Kansas City Chiefs
Super Bowl LIV – San Francisco 49ers vs Kansas City Chiefs

Many people often wonder why the Super Bowl starts so late. The answer is pretty simple. It starts a little late to ensure that all four major time zones in the United States of America have adequate opportunity to view the blockbuster event.

This year’s Super Bowl is expected to attract more than 100 million viewers, and since it takes place in the United States, the league is making sure the timing is convenient for all its fans.

Super Bowl schedules in the United States of America:

  1. 6:30 pm Eastern Time
  2. 5:30 pm central time
  3. 4:30 pm local time
  4. 3:30 pm (Pacific Time)

However, this has a disadvantage for international fans because, in their countries, the Super Bowl may start at midnight or early morning on Monday, depending on where they live.

In the United Kingdom, the Super Bowl will begin at 11:30 pm, while in the United Arab Emirates, Japan and Australia it will begin at 3:30 am, 8:30 am and 10:30 am, respectively.

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Kansas City Chiefs seek to defend Super Bowl title

AFC Championship - Kansas City Chiefs v Baltimore Ravens
AFC Championship – Kansas City Chiefs v Baltimore Ravens

The Kansas City Chiefs hope to become the first team since 2005 to defend their Super Bowl title. The New England Patriots were the last NFL team to successfully defend their title, defeating the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowls XXXVIII and XXXIX, respectively.

Patrick Mahomes is already considered one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, and a win today would likely cement his place as one of the top two quarterbacks in league history, behind only Tom Brady.

Although the 49ers are the favorites to win tonight, the Chiefs are in better shape and have a better quarterback.


Edited by Abhimanyu Chaudhary.


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