Super Bowl National Anthem Prop Bets and Odds: The Patriots’ Prop Bet

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The Super Bowl has come and gone, Reba McEntire belted the national anthem at Super Bowl 58 and, after some controversy, the singer went OVER the closing time of 90.5 seconds. There were a handful of disagreements surrounding whether or not the second “Brave” counted, but, in the end, over bettors rejoiced.

For 364 days a year, staring at your watch during a performance of the Star-Spangled Banner is frowned upon. On Super Bowl Sunday? It’s not only accepted, but almost expected.

The reason: Betting on the length of the national anthem has become an enormously popular Super Bowl prop. And that watch separates the winners from the losers in what is often the first betting outcome of Super Bowl Sunday.

This increasingly popular wager isn’t like betting on the Super Bowl MVP, or your favorite Travis Kelce props or George Kittle props. This type of bet is reserved to even the most casual of sports fans – kind of like the newly released Taylor Swift props – and is designed to get the whole family involved.

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Super Bowl national anthem odds

Reba McEntire will be signing the national anthem to kick off the Super Bowl festivities tonight. Post Malone will be singing “America the Beautiful,” while Andra Day will sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

Sportsbooks have the odds set for the Super Bowl national anthem length now that the Big Game is upon us. And of course, you can make your national anthem prop bet as a result. The opening line was set at 84.5 seconds, was bet up to 90.5 seconds, and has now settled at 89.5 seconds. Where should you place your Super Bowl national anthem bet? Let’s take a look at where the best sportsbooks sit today:

Result FanDuel BetMGM (OTB) DraftKings (OTB) Ticket Handle
Over 89.5 seconds  +102 (90.5 seconds) +100 (90.5 seconds) -110 70% 43%
Under 89.5 seconds  -128 (90.5 seconds) -130 (90.5 seconds) -110 30% 57%

Odds only in Canada/Ontario only, ticket, handle numbers courtesy of BetMGM – accurate as of February 11

It’s good to remember here that the average Super Bowl national anthem time is 103.5 seconds, which, of course, in a whopping 10 seconds longer than the posted time for Reba McEntire. How long is the national anthem in seconds? Well, it averages out to about 89 seconds. So, will Reba bask in the moment and go over, or will she sway toward the average?

Super Bowl national anthem predictions

When you break these numbers down by looking at the tickets and handle, you can clearly see that most bettors believe Reba’s rendition of the Star Spangled Banner will go over 90.5 seconds. However, the under owns 57% of the handle, meaning that there is bigger money at play on the under.

Remember, there is no official timer for the duration of the Super Bowl national anthem. So some sportsbooks may grade this prop a tad differently than what you find on your stopwatch. As always, read the terms and conditions at your chosen sportsbook prior to playing.

America the Beautiful odds

On top of the national anthem, some sportsbooks will also allow you to wager on the over or under when it comes to “America The Beautiful.” Here are the updated odds listed for this sing, which is played by Post Malone prior to kickoff.

Result Odds
Over 110 seconds -120
Under 110 seconds -120

Odds accurate as of February 11

Other national anthem props

While playing the total on the duration of the national anthem is the most popular novelty bet, there are other aspects you can wager on. These include:

  • The color of Reba McEntire’s hat
  • Will a word be omitted from the National Anthem?
  • Will a team score in less time than the national anthem took to complete?
  • Quarterback to be shown first during national anthem
  • Coach to be shown first during national anthem

How to bet on the Super Bowl national anthem

A quick disclaimer: National anthem betting is mostly not permitted at licensed and regulated best sportsbooks. It’s not the same as betting on the Super Bowl Gatorade color, Super Bowl halftime show, or the Super Bowl coin toss. However, you can combine the national anthem prop with a game bet, and use best sportsbook promos for this type of wager. For example: will any scoring drive be shorter than the length of the anthem?

And, of course, millions of U.S.-based NFL fans make side bets with friends and family at Super Bowl gatherings — including wagering on how long it takes the national anthem performer to complete the Star Spangled Banner.

Super Bowl national anthem prop betting odds and trends

Super Bowl national anthem odds are presented in the same manner as an Over/Under total in football. That is, will the artist performing the anthem complete the song in more than or less than a certain number of seconds.

In the case of Reba, she flew through the national anthem the last time she sang it. In 1997, she recorded a time of one minute and 23 seconds (83 seconds overall). However, for the Super Bowl, the over/under will likely be much higher as artists are notorious for the length of the anthem.

A year ago, country star Chris Stapleton sang the anthem prior to last year’s Super Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles. Stapleton had an Over/Under total of 125 seconds (or 2 minutes, 5 seconds), and he finished the anthem in 121 seconds — meaning those who wagered on the Under cashed.

Has there been a national anthem leak?

While bettors try to gain an advantage when it comes to the duration of the national anthem by timing the performer at different events, there’s nothing quite like getting a recording of the artist during the Super Bowl rehearsal. Has this happened before, yes, yes it has!

A year ago, Warren Sharp released the anthem to his subscribers, causing certain sportsbooks to take down the wager after receiving 11 max bets within a few seconds. These wagers were valid, but read the terms and conditions prior to playing, as some sportsbooks will void your national anthem bets after the time becomes public knowledge from the rehearsal.

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Super Bowl national anthem over under history

Once again, betting on the length of the Super Bowl national anthem isn’t allowed at any legal sportsbook in the United States.

However, offshore sportsbooks and those based in Canada have been offering the national anthem over/under for more than 15 years.

It’s widely regarded that the first Super Bowl anthem props were available prior to Super Bowl 41 in February 2007. That year, pop/rock legend Billy Joel performed the “Star-Spangled Banner” in Miami ahead of the game between the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears.

Joel completed the anthem in 90 seconds, falling way short of the projected odds of 104 seconds. It’s the second-shortest anthem since Whitney Houston’s iconic performance at Super Bowl 25 in January 1991 — only pop artist Jewel completed the anthem quicker (87 seconds at Super Bowl 32 in 1998).

Beginning with Joel’s speedy rendition in 2007, the Over is 10-7-1 for the Super Bowl anthem prop.

Of those 18 renditions, seven exceeded 2 minutes. However, only two stretched past 2 minutes and 10 seconds: Jazmine Sullivan and Eric Church (2:16 at Super Bowl 55 in 2021), and Alicia Keys (2:35 at Super Bowl 47 in 2013).

Keys holds the record for the longest anthem performance since Super Bowl 25 in 1991.

Going back to Joel’s rendition in 2007, the average length of the Super Bowl national anthem is slightly more than 117 seconds (1 minute, 57 seconds).

Let’s take a look at the last 10 years of anthems and whether or not they’ve gone over or under the total:

Who has performed the national anthem at the Super Bowl?

Some of the world’s most recognizable singers have performed the national anthem at the Super Bowl — from today’s most famous pop and country artists to bona fide icons.

The latter includes of course, Reba McEntire, Cher, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Mariah Carey, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, Barry Manilow, Whitney Houston, Billy Joel, Garth Brooks, and Aaron Neville with Aretha Franklin.

The list of more contemporary performers include Beyoncé, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Pink, Lady Gaga, Luke Bryan, Demi Lovato, and Chris Stapleton.

Super Bowl prop bets

The Super Bowl national anthem isn’t the only place where you can explore unique prop bets. In addition to the myriad in-game Super Bowl prop bets available, sportsbooks also provide odds for the Super Bowl halftime show, the Super Bowl coin toss, and the color of the Gatorade used to douse the winning coach. What’s more, you can venture into cross-sport Super Bowl props, allowing you to add excitement to the Super Bowl while keeping an eye on other major NBA or NHL games taking place that night. The top Super Bowl sportsbooks ensure you have a wide range of prop bets to choose from.

And of course, you can bet on all of your favorite players. Whether you are looking into Patrick Mahomes props, Brock Purdy props, Isiah Pacheco props, Christian McCaffrey props, Deebo Samuel props, George Kittle props, Nick Bosa props, Rashee Rice props, or Brandon Aiyuk props, we have all of the top odds and analysis at Oddspedia.

Super Bowl national anthem prop betting FAQs

What is the Super Bowl national anthem prop bet?

The Super Bowl national anthem prop bet allows bettors to wager on whether or not the duration of the national anthem will go over or under a specific amount of time. It has become one of the more popular novelty bet markets for the Super Bowl since its inception.

How do you bet on the duration of the national anthem?

Simply head on over to a top US sportsbook that allows you to wager on it, click on your preferred bet, and wager funds just as you would for any other bet. Now, some US sportsbooks won’t allow you to bet on the national anthem alone, as they might be tied in to another bet following the result of the contest.

Is betting on the national anthem legal?

National anthem betting won’t be found at regulated US sportsbooks. You can bet with your friends or tie the national anthem prop with another wager tied to the outcome of the game.

Why do people bet on the national anthem?

Bettors wager on the national anthem as just another fun way to be locked into the action prior to the Super Bowl even starting!

How long is the national anthem in seconds?

The average Super Bowl national anthem time is 103.5 seconds, which is 13 seconds over the posted total of 90.5 seconds for Reba McEntire.

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Where to bet on national anthem length

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