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Super Bowl National Anthem: Stapleton's Anthem Clocked In at 121 Seconds

Chris Stapleton's "The Star-Spangled Banner" performance clocked in at 121 seconds. Hitting the Under for early betters and the Over for later bettors who jumped on 120.5.

Last Updated: Feb 12, 2023 10:02 PM ET Read Time: 4 min
American singer Chris Stapleton performs the national anthem before the start of Super Bowl LVII between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs at State Farm Stadium.

Super Bowl national anthem betting is one of the first Super Bowl prop bets to cash in on Super Sunday, with oddsmakers setting an Over/Under on the time required to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" and many other props around the anthem on the broadcast.

Super Bowl national anthem length odds

Christ Stapleton's national anthem clocked in at 121 seconds, hitting the Over for late betters at 120.5 and 119.5 and the Under for betters who tool 124.5 early in the week.

National anthem odds have hit the board at Super Bowl betting sites, and bettors can start wagering how long Chris Stapleton will take to sing the anthem. The 2023 total opened at 121.5 seconds in late January, but bettors can get it anywhere from 119.5 to 126.5 seconds in the final week leading up to the Super Bowl.

Anthem Length Result FanDuel logo (CLOSED) Betano  CoolBet (CLOSED) Sports Interaction
Anthem Over in Seconds 119.5 (-280) 120.5 (-222) 127 (-154) 120.5 (-125)
Anthem Under in Seconds 119.5 (+210) 120.5 (+165) 127 (+115)

120.5 (-115)

Odds as of Feb. 12, 2023.

Who is singing at Super Bowl LVII

Eight-time Grammy, 15-time CMA, and 10-time ACM Award-winner Chris Stapleton will sing the national anthem ahead of Super Bowl 57 on February 12, 2023, between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles.

Stapleton follows a long line of accomplished musical artists to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the Big Game. Popular artists like Pink and Demi Lovato, as well as music legends like Gladys Knight, have been some of the recent Super Bowl anthem singers, with the chosen performer announced about two weeks prior to the game.


 Sports bettors should be aware that because there is no official timer, some sportsbooks will grade this prop on slightly different times. In the past, this resulted in the same bet being graded as Over at some betting sites and Under at others. Be sure you understand the terms and conditions of this prop at your betting site before placing a bet.

Where can you bet on the Super Bowl national anthem?

Betting on the Super Bowl national anthem is not an option on regulated sportsbooks in the United States in states where sports betting is legal. It is, however, available at regulated sportsbooks in Ontario and the rest of Canada. Make sure you check out our list of the best Super Bowl betting sites before making your wagers.

When it comes to these non-game-related Super Bowl betting markets, gaming regulators don’t want to expose themselves to any market that is predetermined or could be leaked ahead of time for the benefit of bettors in the know. As an example, the national anthem rehearsal from two years ago was recorded and posted online, giving bettors the exact time for the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

More Super Bowl national anthem odds

On top of the popular Over/Under length of the national anthem odds, sportsbooks release other markets based on the anthem performance and the broadcast.

To be shown first during the anthem

Nick Sirianni and Jalen Hurts were both shown first during the anthem. 

Coach Betano  CoolBet
Chiefs Andy Reid -115 -175
Eagles Nick Sirianni -115 +130
Quarterback Betano  CoolBet
Chiefs Patrick Mahomes -139 -175
Eagles Jalen Hurts +105 +130

Odds as of Feb. 12, 2023.

Primary color of Chris Stapleton's Hat

Chris Stapleton didn't wear a hat. 

Length Result CoolBet
Black +300
Any Other Color -455

Odds as of Feb. 12, 2023.

Super Bowl anthem prop pick: Over

With the limits that books place on this market, if you think you're going to become a millionaire by betting on this, you should probably leave. But you can definitely get some pre-game joy from hitting this prop and maybe buy a bottle or two of Tennessee Whiskey 

The Over has already seen a ton of action, propelling this number from 121.5 to 126.5 (and juiced towards the Over). That's not too surprising since the Over has consistently been cashing in recent years, but this number is also a lot higher than what we usually see.  Keep in mind that the only other anthem we've seen hit the 2-minute mark in the last five years was the duo by Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan in 2021. Mickey Guyton clocked in at just 1:52 last year, and imagining another 15 seconds from Stapleton is tough. 

That said, Stapleton's soulful tenor country style lends itself to longer versions of the national anthem, which we saw back in 2017 when Luke Bryan was timed at 2:04. And Bryan just used his vocals while Stapleton will most likely bust out his guitar for a few riffs while taking a few big breaths in between. The best number is long gone but if you're still looking to wager on this bet, fire away on the Over. - Rohit Ponnaiya

Anthem leaks

When it comes to Super Bowl national anthem betting, there are two ways to gain an advantage. You pore over old YouTube videos, trying to figure out the speed at which it'll be sung. Or, you simply wait until the rehearsal time gets leaked.

Last year, Warren Sharp released the anthem length as a paid pick to his subscribers. This raised a few eyebrows because Sharp was working with NBC, which was the network that was broadcasting the Big Game. Two years ago, with the outdoor stadium in Tampa Bay, a local reporter stood outside the stadium and timed the rehearsal length — then posted it on Twitter for all to see!

The rehearsal video was spot on, with the actual performance landing at about 2:16 and Eric Church singing first.

Do sportsbooks pay out after a leak?

Generally, yes. However, some sportsbooks are starting to include disclaimers on markets like this that a bet placed after the "result becomes public information" will be voided. Whether a leaked anthem time is considered public information is a bit unclear, but it seems this disclaimer would give them the option of voiding bets made after the leak.

Super Bowl national anthem prop betting explained

Betting on the Super Bowl national anthem is one of the many novelty prop markets available for the annual NFL championship that isn’t connected to the outcome of the actual game. The singing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" takes place before the coin toss and has become one of the most popular Super Bowl prop bets at online sportsbooks.

Super Bowl national anthem prop bets have grown in popularity over the past decade, especially because this market doesn’t directly involve the game and has a fun crossover into pop culture that appeals to even the most casual viewer.

The most popular market is betting the Over/Under on the length of time it takes to complete the anthem, but there will also be markets about what the singer(s) will be wearing and if they will make a mistake during their rendition.

How to bet on the Super Bowl national anthem

Along with other Super Bowl odds, it's important to learn how to bet on Super Bowl prop markets. Betting on the Super Bowl national anthem all depends on the performer named to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner." From there, oddsmakers can have a lot of fun creating some unique and entertaining national anthem props.

Length of national anthem prop

The most common way to bet on the Super Bowl national anthem is the national anthem length. Oddsmakers will set an Over/Under total in time (minutes and seconds), and bettors can pick whether the anthem will go Over or Under the set time total.

Most anthem singers have performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at previous events and games, and many of those renditions are available to watch online on platforms like YouTube. Once the Over/Under time total is set, plenty of Super Bowl bettors flock to those clips to help handicap the singer’s style and the average time needed to belt out the anthem.

Other national anthem prop bets

Besides betting on the length of "The Star-Spangled Banner," there are other Super Bowl national anthem props available: 

  • The color of the performer’s hair
  • Will the performer wear a hat?
  • The color/style of performers' outfit and shoes
  • Will the performer make a mistake?
  • Will a scoring drive take less time than the length of the national anthem? 

However, these other props are not nearly as popular and won’t be offered at all betting sites.

National anthem length Over/Under odds 

The national anthem length odds usually come out two weeks prior to the Super Bowl, shortly after the performer of "The Star-Spangled Banner" is announced.

The Over/Under time and attached vig/juice will vary from book to book, so if you have multiple sportsbook options, you can shop around for the best total price to fit your prediction. Like most Over/Under bets, books will display the total and the Over and Under will have vig/juice attached to each side.

For example, the Over/Under for the Super Bowl LIV national anthem was 1 minute and 56 seconds (116 seconds) with an opening vig of -115 per side. That means for every $10 you want to win, you need to risk $11.50 ($115 to win $100).

However, as more money was bet on the Over heading into Super Sunday, bookmakers adjusted the vig on the national anthem odds to Over 116 seconds (-140) and Under 116 seconds (+110). Oddsmakers did this to draw more money to the Under. That adjustment meant that for every $10 you wanted to win betting the Over, you would need to bet $14. And for every $10 risked on the Under, you could win $11 ($100 wins $110).

Popstar Demi Lovato performed the national anthem at Super Bowl LIV and took 1 minute and 49 seconds to complete it (109 seconds), so those that bet on the Under won their prop wager.

Can you legally bet on the national anthem?

Betting on the Super Bowl national anthem is not an option on regulated sportsbooks in states where sports betting is legal. Only Super Bowl betting sites and sportsbooks outside of the United States can offer national anthem props for the Super Bowl. 

Land-based operators within the U.S., like sportsbooks located in Las Vegas, are not allowed to offer props on the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner because there’s no official timing provided and all grading would be subjective to the bookmaker. 

Gaming control boards and regulatory commissions are hesitant to offer betting markets on events that can’t be defined in the box score of the Super Bowl, as they are vulnerable to conflicts in results and decisions.

However, some states have softened their stance on these novelty prop markets in recent years. New Jersey sportsbooks are allowed to offer betting on the color of the Gatorade bath and Super Bowl MVP odds have been available in Nevada since 2016.

History of national anthem betting at Super Bowl

The explosion in online sports betting in the late 1990s got the ball rolling on novelty Super Bowl props. While casinos in Las Vegas couldn’t offer action on the length of the national anthem (restricted by state gaming control board rules), online bookies could and jumped at the opportunity to take wagers on this fun pop culture-powered prop.

Average Super Bowl national anthem time

Going back to Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000, the average length of the national anthem is 115.4 seconds (one minute and 55 seconds) over the past 31 Big Game renditions. Only 11 of those anthems went longer than two minutes, however, five of those have come in the past 10 Super Bowls.

Longest Super Bowl National Anthem

The longest amount of time needed to sing the Star-Spangled Banner in that span was two minutes and 35 seconds by Alicia Keys at Super Bowl XLVII in 2009 while the quickest anthem time of the past 21 years was 1 minute and 30 seconds by Billy Joel at Super Bowl XLI in 2007.

List of Super Bowl national anthem lengths

Super Bowl Year Performer Time
57 2023 Chris Stapleton 2:01
56 2022 Mickey Guyton 1:52
55 2021 Jazmine Sullivan & Eric Church  2:16
54 2020 Demi Lovato 1:49
53 2019 Gladys Knight 1:49
52 2018 Pink 1:53
51 2017 Luke Bryan 2:04
50 2016 Lady Gaga 2:09
49 2015 Idina Menzel 2:04
48 2014 Renee Fleming 1:54
47 2013 Alicia Keys 2:35
46 2012 Kelly Clarkson 1:34
45 2011 Christina Aguilera 1:54
44 2010 Carrie Underwood 1:47
43 2009 Jennifer Hudson 2:10
42 2008 Jordin Sparks 1:54
41 2007 Billy Joel 1:30
40 2006 Aaron Neville & Aretha Franklin 2:08
39 2005 US Military Academy Choirs 1:52
38 2004 Beyoncé 2:09
37 2003 Dixie Chicks 1:36
36 2002 Mariah Carey 1:56
35 2001 Backstreet Boys 1:50
34 2000 Faith Hill 2:01
33 1999 Cher 1:55
32 1998 Jewel 1:27
31 1997 Luther Vandross 1:53
30 1996 Vanessa Williams 1:35
29 1995 Kathie Lee Gifford 1:40
28 1994 Natalie Cole 2:33
27 1993 Garth Brooks 1:45
26 1992 Harry Connick Jr. 2:06
25 1991 Whitney Houston 1:54

In terms of betting the national anthem, the most memorable — and controversial — singing of the Star-Spangled Banner was by pop star Christina Aguilera at Super Bowl XLV in 2011.

Not only did Aguilera mess up the words to the national anthem but she added a “Woo” at the end of the song, which had different sportsbooks grading the length at various times: some including the “Woo” and others not. Anthem bettors that lost their prop bet based on those decisions were unhappy and many online books made the call to pay out bets on both the Over and Under to avoid further outrage and bad press.

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