|Super Bowl 50
Sun, Feb 7, 2016
Levi's Stadium (68,600)
Santa Clara CA
|5:35 PM CT
Finally, the final Murican footbaw contest of the 2015-16 cycle is upon us. Or, alternatively, the biggest day in advertising of the calendar year is here. Or if you're really weird, there's a 20-minute concert being broadcast nationally tonight. Point is, we know what most folks are doing this evening, because it is our undeclared national holiday, Super Bowl Sunday.
The game: The Denver Broncos meet the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. Why it's not Super Bowl L: a marketing decision.
This is Denver's eighth trip to the Super Bowl; they have won twice, in the 1997 and 1998 seasons under John Elway. Carolina is making only their second appearance, having lost to New England in 2003 on a last-second Adam Vinatieri field goal. It's the first Super Bowl ever played in Santa Clara, and the second game played in the San Francisco Bay area after the 49ers beat Miami at Stanford Stadium in January 1985.
Lady Gaga will perform the national anthem, while the halftime show will feature Coldplay along with Bruno Mars and Beyonce.
Clete Bakeman has the honor of leading the officiating crew for the game.
Odds: Carolina is favored by 5.5, with the over/under at 40. So Vegas is expecting something in the 23-17 area here. There are, of course, an insane number of prop bets, which David Fucillo covers at SBNation.com proper.
Television: CBS with Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, and Tracy Wolfson. In Spanish on ESPN Deportes with Alvaro Martin, Raul Allegro, and John Sutcliffe.
Radio: Westwood One Radio Network with the great Kevin Harlan along with Boomer Esiason and Dan Fouts. That's on WHB 810 in Kansas City, KMAN 1350 in Manhattan, KFH 1240 in Wichita, The Sports Animal in Oklahoma (for other locations click the link). Also available on satellite on Sirius 108/XM 229. The Broncos radio broadcast with Dave Logan and Ed McCaffrey is available on Sirius 82/XM 225; the Panthers team of Mick Mixon, Jim Szoke, Eugene Robinson, and Jordan Gross is available on Sirius 83/XM 226.
Online: Video streaming is available via several sources, but if you want to watch on your phone you have to be a Verizon customer and use the Go90 app. This doesn't apply to tablets, however, so you can grab the CBSSports app there and be good to go. On a regular computer thingy, just head to CBSSports.com. There are also CBSSports apps for virtually every set-top box, streaming dongle, and game console.
The Spanish-language broadcast is available on WatchESPN.