The last three Super Bowl broadcasts have set the record for the highest rated broadcast ever, each topping the prior year's game. On average, upwards of 70 percent of Americans have tuned in for the Super Bowl in recent years.
In October 2012, Harris Poll conducted a survey which indicated that today a whopping 60 percent of Americans claim to follow regularly—up nearly 10 percent in the last decade.
That's a very impressive number, but it means that 10 percent—11 million people—of those tuning in to the Super Bowl are doing it for reasons almost entirely unrelated to football.
Although, if you really think about it, they aren't the only ones without a vested interest in the game itself. Most people who follow football have a rooting interest in a specific team.
The NFL has 32 teams, but obviously only two of them can meet in the championship game. And unless you're a 49ers or Ravens fan, you're only definitively tuning in because it's the Super Bowl.
This has got a little something for everyone whose team hasn't played in nearly a month. Time for kickoff...