NFL Ditching Roman Numerals for Superbowl “50”
The NFL announced that there will be no “Superbowl L”. In this Tweet from ESPN’s Darren Rovell, you can see the official artwork that will be used for the 2016 championship game.
BREAKING: NFL to ditch Roman numerals for Super Bowl 50 game to be played in 2016 pic.twitter.com/DA53EF2VMp
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) June 4, 2014
Why the change? Some are upset that this may be a sign of the “dumbing down” of our country and that the NFL doesn’t think most people will understand what “L” means. Others think it’s a welcome change and that Roman numerals after Superbowl XXX look just stupid anyway.
ESPN quotes Jaime Weston, the league’s vice president of brand and creative, claiming that it’s strictly a creative decision:
When we developed the Super Bowl XL logo, that was the first time we looked at the letter L,” Weston said. “Up until that point, we had only worked with X’s, V’s and I’s. And, at that moment, that’s when we started to wonder: What will happen when we get to 50?
ESPN also reports that the NFL has been working on the Super Bowl 50 logo since 2013, After going through 73 different versions of the logo it was decided that the “L” just didn’t work.
Either way, the change isn’t permanent. You can look forward to “Superbowl LI” in 2017.
So what do you think? Should the NFL just ditch Roman numerals all together? Or are you upset there won’t be a Superbowl L? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.