Super Bowl 53 National Anthem Over/Under Odds: How Long Will Gladys Knight Sing?
Richard Mackson-USA TODAY NETWORK. Pictured: Gladys Knight.
- The NFL announced on Thursday that Gladys Knight will be singing the national anthem at Super Bowl 53.
- The betting odds opened up shortly afterward, with the initial over/under time set at 1 minute, 50 seconds.
- Unders have been hitting in recent years, with P!nk's "flu anthem" going under by approximately eight seconds last year.
On Thursday, we finally learned that Gladys Knight would be singing the national anthem at Super Bowl 53. Though that may not matter to some people, it’s huge news for the sports betting world.
Every Super Bowl, the national anthem is a heavily bet event that is timed by thousands of viewers around the world.
As is tradition, sportsbooks set an over/under on the length of time it will take to be sung.
With Knight locked in as the singer, one book has posted the initial over/under:
Betting odds: Length of Super Bowl 53 National Anthem by Gladys Knight
- Over/Under: 1 minute, 50 seconds
The Empress of Soul is getting up there at 74 years old, which may cause various theories about how long it will take her.
Does she have the stamina to go over the mark? Will an older singer sing slower than what we are used to? The betting market will have about two-and-a-half-weeks to figure that out, as the line will surely fluctuate from now until kickoff.
Gladys Knight to sing National Anthem at Super Bowl.
For those considering betting the over/under on the National Anthem, she has a rep to be a pretty straightforward singer, which usually means under 1:45.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 17, 2019
Last year, P!nk went under her listed time of two minutes flat by about eight seconds. Bettors caught wind of the fact that she had the flu leading up to the big game, which surely resulted in the swing of huge sums of money.
That marked the third straight under to hit.
Unders have actually hit in nine of the past twelve years, with Idina Manzel being the most recent to go over in Super Bowl 49.
Check back in the coming two weeks for more analysis on this prop and everything else that will be hitting the prop market.