WHY THE SUPER BOWL'S OUTCOME IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN WE THINK
The Super Bowl has been around long enough, 47 years, to provide an opportunity to track whether the results of the game mean anything in the real world. Stock-market watchers have watched this trend for years, with the game’s winner informing the Super Bowl Indicator: a superstition about the market’s bull or bear prospects for the year ahead. But when it comes to the American economy as a whole, there may be a relationship there, too. Prior to last night's game, NFC teams won 25 times; the AFC team prevailed 22 times. And as each conference has surged, there has been a different effect on the economy. In years when the NFC team has won, the nation’s gross domestic product grew an average of 3.1 percent. In years when the AFC won, GDP expanded 2.6 percent. Over the course of Super Bowl history, GDP growth averaged 2.9 percent per year.