Remember back when commercials were just those irritating things that gave people the opportunity to grab a drink once for every seven to 10 minutes of television they watched?
Of course you do. Because, for the most part, that's what TV commercials still are.
However, over the last decade, the widespread rise and accessibility of the Internet has dramatically changed the way we do almost everything—advertising included.
The way we view commercials has changed, which is why so many commercials have changed.
When they were made strictly for television, appealing to and not offending the broadest audience possible was the main goal. Airtime isn't cheap, and taking a chance with comedy or controversy in front of a national audience is a real budget risk.
Today, a company can make a commercial, post it online for free and reach a very targeted audience. If an ad goes viral, that audience can be in the millions, even the tens of millions. All for nothing but the cost of production.
Viral videos have also had an impact on television advertising. Even a national commercial can go viral if it strikes the right chord with viewers—be it sentimental, comedic or controversial.
That's why advertisers seem to be taking more chances and getting more creative, hoping to get the most of their money by creating a successful TV ad that also makes its rounds on the web as well.
Here are 20 sports commercials that have gone viral in recent years.