The first ever national anthem duet at the Super Bowl lasted approximately 2 minutes 22 seconds, well over the amount of time casinos had set for the over/under for it.
The length of the song’s performance is one of the most popular prop bets for any Super Bowl, as is the winner of the coin toss (the Chiefs won). Fans described delays placing their bets ahead of kickoff, with two of the biggest online sports betting sites, DraftKings and FanDuel, experiencing tech problems.
The anthem performance was the subject of some scandal this weekend. On Friday, a reporter stationed across the street from the stadium — near the Yankees’ spring training site — recorded a rehearsal of the tune, sung by Jazmine Sullivan and Eric Church. After word of the recording got out, betting sites that had been taking action on the length of the performance stopped. That version was taped at 2:16, so the live version was even more plodding and slow. But it sounded nice.