NFL to Ditch Roman Numerals for Super Bowl 50

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Apparently, the NFL is not a fan of the letter “L,” unless it is preceded by the letters “N” and “F.”

That’s one possible explanation for the league’s decision to drop roman numerals for Super Bowl 50 in 2016—which would have been Super Bowl L, had they stuck with the roman numerals.

The league has been using roman numerals since Super Bowl V back in 1971.  But up until Super Bowl XL in 2006, they’ve only had to work with the letters “X,” “V,” and “I.”

When Super Bowl XL rolled around, it was the first time the NFL had to incorporate the roman numeral “L,” and that got them thinking about what might happen when Super Bowl 50 rolls around.  Eight years later, the league’s vice president of brand and creative, Jaime Weston, decided that the “L” simply wouldn’t work on its own, so they decided to drop the roman numerals for one year and go with the logo seen above for Super Bowl 50.

And in case it breaks your heart to see the league ditch the roman numerals, you’ll be happy to hear that they fully intend to go back to their roots for Super Bowl LI.

Hat Tip – [ESPN]

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