Super Bowl L? Nope, NFL Makes Exception

In 2016, it will be Super Bowl 50
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2014 3:24 PM CDT
Super Bowl L? Nope, NFL Makes Exception
In this 2012 file photo, fans filll the Super Bowl Village outside Lucas Oil Stadium, in Indianapolis.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Quick, how many Super Bowls have there been? If you don't know, it's probably because this year's game was promoted as Super Bowl XLVIII—and you'd be forgiven if your Roman numeral skills are rusty. Well, good news, my ancient-number-system-challenged friends: In 2016, the NFL is ditching the letters, ABC News reports. The game's logo will simply say "Super Bowl 50." This is a one-time thing, however.

"When we developed the Super Bowl XL logo, that was the first time we looked at the letter 'L,'" explains the NFL's VP of branding. "And, at that moment, that's when we started to wonder what will happen when we get to 50?" After much consideration, the brand team decided that "Super Bowl L" would look dumb, and so decided to give us a brief Roman numeral reprieve. It will be the first Super Bowl without Roman numerals since 1970's Super Bowl 4. But 2017's game will be Super Bowl LI, notes NBC Sports. (More Super Bowl stories.)

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