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Bettors are always excited by the prospect of placing wagers on the Super Bowl, and it isn’t just about the game on the field. There are plenty of pregame prop bets every year that entice big money from gamblers.

One of the biggest each year is whether the anthem singer went over or under the expected time of their performance. As such, many NFL fans will be paying close attention to Reba McEntire as she ushers in the Super Bowl 58 kickoff.

Seven of the last nine national anthem performances at the Super Bowl have hit the over, so many expected McEntire to do the same, especially with the over/under set at just 91 seconds.

And in the end, McEntire just barely hit the over by adding an extra “the brave” to the end of the performance. Had it ended after her first brave, the under would have hit. This created a Gladys Knight situation at some sportsbooks that considered the national anthem over after the first “the brave.”

Sporting News tracked the result of McEntire’s performance. Below is a breakdown of her anthem rendition and how it has compared to other performances over the history of the Super Bowl.

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How long was the Super Bowl national anthem in 2023?

The 2024 Super Bowl national anthem unofficially lasted 1 minutes and 35 seconds, from the song’s first word to the end of the final note held. That lasted just longer than the one minute and 31 seconds set as the official over/under bet by most sportsbooks.

However, BetMGM noted that their official Super Bowl national anthem prop considered the under the winner. Why? Because the song was considered over after McEntire finished the first “the brave,” which occurred before the 1:31 mark.

So, the over/under result may depend on the sportsbook at which bettors placed their wagers.

Reba McEntire was this year’s anthem performer. The 68-year-old “Queen of Country” has sold more than 75 million records worldwide during her career and has seen an incredible 25 songs top the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

McEntire is a three-time Grammy winner and an actress. She appeared in the titular role of “Annie Get Your Gun” on Broadway in 2001 and currently serves as a judge on “The Voice.” She held guest star roles on programs such as “Young Sheldon” and “Last Man Standing” in recent years.

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What was the Super Bowl national anthem over/under?

  • Over 90.5 seconds: -130
  • Under 90.5 seconds: -110

A year after sportsbooks were burned by setting Mickey Guyton’s anthem over/under at just 95 seconds, they decided to get serious for Chris Stapleton. They placed the over/under at 126.5 seconds and Stapleton became the first anthem singer to hit the under since Demi Lovato in 2020.

Now, sportsbooks have set the over/under lines for the anthem at a minuscule 90.5 seconds. So, McEntire’s anthem will have to last just 1:31 for the over to hit.

Sporting News’ Sloan Piva didn’t believe that would happen this season. He noted that while the under has hit just twice in the last nine Super Bowls, McEntire has never had a penchant for showmanship. So, the performance seemed likely to come up short of the 1:31 mark.

McEntire performed the anthem in just 1:30 at a Dallas Cowboys game back in 1999. So, the over/under looked like a true 50-50 proposition despite the short-projected run-time.

Ultimately, McEntire seemed on pace to hit the under for most of the performance. But an extra “the brave” added to the end of it pushed it past the 1:31 mark and allowed the over to hit for the eighth time in the last 10 Super Bowls.

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History of Super Bowl national anthem lengths

Note: The following data is via Legal Super Bowl Betting

Super Bowl No. Performer Duration
58 Reba McEntire 1:35
57 Chris Stapleton 2:01
56 Mickey Guyton 1:51
55 Eric Church & Jazmine Sullivan 2:16
54 Demi Lovato 2:11
53 Gladys Knight 2:01
52 P!nk 1:52
51 Luke Bryan 2:04
50 Lady Gaga 2:09
49 Idina Menzel 2:04
48 Renee Fleming 1:54
47 Alicia Keys 2:35
46 Kelly Clarkson 1:34
45 Christina Aguilera 1:54
44 Carrie Underwood 1:47
43 Jennifer Hudson 2:10
42 Jordin Sparks 1:54
41 Billy Joel 1:30
40 Aaron Neville and Aretha Franklin 2:08
39 U.S. Military Academy Choirs and U.S. Army Herald Trumpets 1:52
38 Beyonce 2:08
37 Dixie Chicks 1:36
36 Mariah Carey 1:56
35 Backstreet Boys 1:50
34 Faith Hill 2:01
33 Cher 1:55
32 Jewel 1:27
31 Luther Vandross 1:53
30 Vanessa Williams 1:35
29 Kathie Lee Gifford 1:40
28 Natalie Cole 2:33
27 Garth Brooks 1:45
26 Harry Connick, Jr. 2:06
25 Whitney Houston 1:56
24 Aaron Neville 1:36
23 Billy Joel 1:25
22 Herb Alpert (trumpet) 1:33
21 Neil Diamond 1:02
20 Wynton Marsalis (trumpet) 1:20
19 San Francisco Boys/Girls Chorus, San Francisco Children’s Chorus, Piedmont Children’s Chorus 1:21
18 Barry Manilow 1:35
17 Leslie Easterbrook 1:28
16 Diana Ross 1:38
15 Helen O’Connell 1:22
14 Cheryl Ladd 1:22
13 The Colgate Thirteen 1:19
12 Phyllis Kelly 1:28
11 Vikki Carr (sang America the Beautiful) N/A
10 Tom Sullivan 1:54
9 Grambling State Marching Band 1:22
8 Charley Pride 1:14
7 Little Angels of Chicago’s Holy Angels Church 1:12
6 U.S. Air Force Academy Chorale 1:10
5 Tommy Loy (trumpet) 1:13
4 Al Hirt 1:26
3 Lloyd Geisler 1:27
2 Grambling State Marching Band Unknown
1 The Pride of Arizona, Michigan Marching Band, UCLA Choir 1:16

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