Political Super Bowl LV Props – Politics During the Broadcast

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Political Super Bowl Prop Bets

This is part final article in our four-part series examining political Super Bowl LV prop bets. So far, we’ve covered the halftime show, Joe Biden’s Super Bowl interview airing immediately before the game on CBS, and a couple of fun props that matched the contest’s final point total up against Biden’s approval rating and Trump’s impeachment votes.

The Super Bowl is the most celebrated event on the calendar for sports bettors and oddsmakers alike (although you can make an argument for March Madness too). Every year the lists of prop bets for the big game get longer and Super Bowl betting sites get more creative. You can always find an excellent mix of legitimate value bets, big payout longshots, and hilarious novelty props.

Having covered political betting at this website for over a year now, I was thrilled to find 16 politically oriented Super Bowl props at some of our top-ranked online sportsbooks.

On this page, we’ll look at betting lines dealing with what’s said during the Super Bowl broadcast; along with a few similar communication-based wagers involving politics and politicians.

Super Bowl Sunday is finally here!

You still have about twelve hours to get your picks in – then the wagers featured on this page will only be available through live in-game betting. Most of these betting lines involve President Biden’s communications during Super Bowl Sunday and broadcasters’ likelihood of uttering different words or phrases.

I only collected the prop bets dealing with what the broadcast team says related to politics, but you can find dozens more at all the best Super Bowl betting sites. Online sportsbooks offer odds on everything from the color of Jim Nantz’s tie to whether Romo will correctly predict a play before the snap.

You can even put money on if Nantz will say “Queen Latifa” at any point in the broadcast!

The funniest thing about these novelty props is that the announcers are fully aware of their existence.

Jim Nantz:

“The weirdest thing is, as a broadcaster, that there are so many prop bets out there that you almost can’t pay attention to them because you realize everything that leaves your mouth is going to either make or lose money for people,” Nantz told Jimmy Traina in a Sports Illustrated interview about prop bets involving the veteran play-by-play man and his partner Tony Romo.

“It’s to the point now where every word you utter, someone has action on it. So you can’t think about it. You just gotta let it flow. All of this is done extemporaneous. Nothing is scripted. You don’t want to have it in your head, ‘Hey, if I say this, that’s going to deliver somebody the over.’ So, I don’t give a thought. I will say this, though: Don’t bet against ‘Hello, friends’ making an appearance.”

Might that awareness impact our politics-based Super Bowl broadcast props? Only time will tell.

How Many Times Will “Biden” be Said?

Two of our favorite online sportsbooks are asking bettors if they think anyone in the broadcast booth will mention Joe Biden during the Super Bowl presentation. Between him and Trump, I think the current President’s name being said is more likely – but they’re both pretty big longshots.

MyBookie’s Super Bowl Prop

  • Matchup Odds
  • Under 0.5-550
  • Over 0.5+325

Bovada’s Super Bowl Prop

  • Matchup Odds
  • Under 0.5-500
  • Over 0.5+300

People taking the over have one thing going for them: the bizarre pandemic conditions under which this Super Bowl is being played.

The sparsely populated stadium and lack of crowd noise will be hard to ignore, especially during an event that’s usually as much about the pageantry and spectacle as it about the football.

The handful of attendees in the stands are frontline healthcare workers and people who have been vaccinated. I’d expect lots of messaging about the country getting through the pandemic and thanking essential workers, which are topics closely related to politics.

It’s within the realm of possibility that while discussing the situation in the stadium, one of the announcers will mention President Biden.

I think the likelihood of his name coming up is increased by the White House interview airing just before the Super Bowl broadcast begins.

  • Maybe he’ll break some news about the government’s vaccine distribution plan – something that might be worth a brief of aside while the cameras pan a group of socially distanced nurses.
  • Or it could happen during a reference to someone’s mask – Biden has spent the past several months talking about a mask mandate. Plus, it’s another topic that could be amplified by the President’s interview, depending on the context in which the subject is discussed.
I don’t know why, but my gut tells me we’ll hear Biden’s name during the Super Bowl broadcast. There’s no way to predict how, but I trust my intuition on things like this.

He’s a new President during incredibly chaotic times, and the game is taking place within a stadium full of constant reminders of the pandemic and the country’s issues. Every time the camera shows the seats, people will think of covid – broadcasters included.

Look at how Sean McManus from CBS Sports (the Super Bowl is on CBS this year) talks about the event in a recent interview:

“I think it’s coming at a really important time in our country, to be honest with you,” he said. “I think America needs this Super Bowl. I think it’s an opportunity for the country to come together. I think it’s going to be uplifting. I think it’s going to be unifying, and I think it’s coming at the right time. And I really do hope it’s a celebration for everything that’s great about this country.”

They’ll be pushing that message of coming together all day; it’s the same one Joe Biden has been repeating since getting into the White House.

I don’t think they’ll have a long discussion about politics, but the conditions feel primed for a quick name-drop.

Plus, it’s one of those Super Bowl props you bet as almost a lottery ticket. You’d only put money down if you’re taking the over at +325 and consider it good luck if anything materializes. It’s not the kind of wager in which you invest a large percentage of your betting bankroll.

Bet at MyBookie
Over 0.5
+300

How Many Times Will “Trump” be Said?

Good God, with everything that’s happened since the election, what would the circumstances have to be for one of the broadcasters to say Trump’s name?

MyBookie’s Super Bowl Prop

  • Matchup Odds
  • Under 0.5-900
  • Over 0.5+500

Bovada’s Super Bowl Prop

  • Matchup Odds
  • Under 0.5-600
  • Over 0.5+365

The game is in Tampa Bay, the city in which Trump’s former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany lives (she’s married to Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Sean Gilmartin) — any chance she’ll be at the game?

Not a chance. Since the Capitol riots, anyone who ever worked with Donald Trump or shared his concerns about election integrity became persona non grata.

The Super Bowl is the most mainstream corporate event on the planet; nobody from the last President’s inner circle will be welcome at those kinds of parties for quite a long time.

You’d almost need Trump himself to parachute into Raymond James Stadium.

If he did something like that to disrupt the game, they’d have to acknowledge him! It might not achieve much, but it would generate headlines about something other than the former President’s ongoing impeachment trial.

In addition to the 25,000 socially distanced fans in the seats, the Super Bowl producers will fill the stadium’s remaining capacity with 30,000 cutouts.

  • Is there any chance someone snuck a cardboard Trump into one of the seats?
  • And if they pulled it off without anyone objecting, what are the odds the camera finds it?

We’re talking about Tampa Bay here, so there’s no doubt in my mind some of the workers at Raymond James Stadium are Trump supporters. Low-income workers in that region of Florida are his bread and butter. But preventing the cutout from being spotted before gameday and then getting it on camera long enough for one of the broadcasters to mention Trump by name is something else entirely.

If Donald Trump is to hear his name during Super Bowl LV, there’s only one man who can make it happen:

Tom Brady

The greatest quarterback of all-time and the former POTUS are friends. They golf together.

It’s become a massive controversy during the two-week lead-up to the Super Bowl; people are even suggesting that Brady and his former coach, Bill Bellichick, be canceled for having ever been Donald Trump’s friend. Apparently, anyone who ever knew the guy and didn’t despise him is equally responsible for the Capitol riots.

On Monday, a USA Today reporter asked the Bucs quarterback if he agrees that he’s avoided damage to his career for supporting Trump’s 2016 campaign because he’s white. I’m guessing he’s “avoided damage” by going to the Super Bowl every year as the greatest QB ever to play football – football is a meritocracy and not a popularity contest like media, but I digress.

The question originated from comments made by retired NFL great Shannon Sharpe on his debate show with Skip Bayless.

Here’s the quote:

“Let’s just say for sake of argument, LeBron James says, ‘My friend is Minister [Louis] Farrakhan,’ ” Sharpe said on Fox Sports. “How would America react? Blacks have always had to be very, very quiet about who our friends are … a prominent Black athlete can never say, ‘Minister Farrakhan is just my friend.’ They’d try to cancel anybody with the just mere mention of Mister Farrakhan’s name.”

When asked for a response, Brady did what little he could with such a loaded no-win question.

Brady’s Response:

“I’m not sure how to respond to [a] hypothetical like that,” Brady said during a media session on Monday. “I hope everyone can — we’re in this position like I am to, again, try to be the best I can be every day as an athlete, as a player, as a person in my community, for my team and so forth, so yeah, I’m not sure what else.”

Saturday Night Live also mentioned Tom’s friendship and past support in a skit last week.

See?

Donald Trump’s name just keeps coming up in connection to Tom Brady recently!

Well, guess who the broadcasters will be spending a whole lot of time talking about during the game…Tom Brady!

Him joining a new team and making it to the Super Bowl for the tenth time – his first without Bill Bellichick – is like 75% of the storyline underlying Super Bowl LV. Maybe Jim Nantz will mention all the recent attention on the quarterback’s political friendships.

Still, I can’t pick the over. The door is open through Donald Trump’s connection to Tom Brady, but only by the narrowest of slivers.

Bet at Bovada
Under 0.5
-600

Will Any Player Wear a MAGA Hat on the Field?

What player in their right mind would wear a MAGA hat on the field?

As I was just saying, the only athlete involved in the Super Bowl who has ever expressed any level of support for Donald Trump is Tom Brady – and he just spent a week hearing about his “white privilege” and being canceled for it!

MyBookie’s Super Bowl Prop

  • Matchup Odds
  • No-6000
  • Yes+700
If there are any closeted Trump supporters on the Bucs or Chiefs, I can’t imagine they saw what people are saying about a living legend and thought, “yeah, I want to sign up for that!”

If they’ll consider canceling the Michael Jordan of football for endorsing his golfing buddy at the earliest stages of his political career, imagine what they’d do to an average offensive lineman, linebacker, full back, or tight end. (If any Trump supporters are playing in this Super Bowl, I guarantee they play one of those positions.)

“No” is set at –6000 so there’s not much of a play here.

Bet at MyBookie
No
-6000

How Many Times Will Joe Biden Tweet During Game?

This is a Super Bowl prop better suited for the Trump presidency. That maniac handled his own Twitter account and couldn’t help himself from using the platform to share thoughts or observations. When Donald Trump was in the White House, you could believe the President was sitting around watching the game and might get the urge to comment on the action.

MyBookie’s Super Bowl Prop

  • Matchup Odds
  • Under 0.5-400
  • Over 0.5+250

That’s not Joe Biden. If the 78-year-old was ever able to log on and use social media, I doubt he can now.

Anyway, the President does have an official Twitter account, but there’s no way it’s really him tweeting. Whoever handles his social media comms runs his profile like your typical corporation. They post a few times a day, usually with updates about whatever bill President Biden signed or standard political messaging about whatever plan is being worked on by the administration.

On the other hand, the aide handling the @POTUS account may send out a tweet during the Super Bowl in Biden’s name. But analyzing his two profiles, they haven’t been used that way in the past.

I’m taking the under, but I can see the argument for betting “over 0,5 tweets” at +250.

That’s a decent payout for a novelty prop that has a chance of hitting.

  • Super Bowl Sunday is the first big national event since Biden entered office.
  • His interview is airing earlier in the afternoon on the same network, and
  • much of the broadcast will be dedicated to the same messages of unity and healing that the President is espousing.

Maybe the person running the Twitter accounts will respond to a particularly moving segment during the broadcast. You know they have a few emotional tributes and things planned for it.

Bet at MyBookie
Under 0.5
-400

Will Joe Biden Call to Congratulate Winning Coach?

Which will win out tonight:

  • the “return to normalcy” Joe Biden campaigned on all of 2020?
  • Or his old age?

The Super Bowl won’t be over until after 11 PM on the East Coast. By the time all the on-field celebrations and trophy ceremonies are done, it’ll be midnight.

That used to be when the President would call to congratulate the winner.

MyBookie’s Super Bowl Prop

  • Matchup Odds
  • Yes-450
  • No+275
But are they going to roll that 78-year-old man out of bed to make a phone call? Unscripted on live TV, no less?

I think they’ll have Kamala Harris call the winners instead.
She’s been handling many of the duties that require being on camera where they can’t go back and edit the footage.

If it is Biden, I’m guessing they’ve pre-taped two short congratulatory messages and will pretend it’s happening live. Pro wrestlers do it all the time – where they have a back-and-forth argument with someone on the jumbotron, but you can tell the timing is slightly off.

For my final political Super Bowl prop of the year, I’m picking “No” at +275. Finally, an opportunity to take the better payout!
Bet at MyBookie
No
+275
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Will Cormier is a sports and political betting writer living in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. When he’s not wandering around the streets of the Arts District aimlessly, a lifetime of pessimism and paranoia has made Will perfectly suited for handicapping politics. Cormier tries to analyze current events as objectively as possible – a strategy that often enrages loyalists on both the right and the left. When he’s not covering major upcoming elections, Will enjoys writing about basketball, football, and MMA from a betting perspective. He also loves dogs, ice cream sundaes, the movie “Stomp the Yard,” and long walks on the beach.