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Odds Heavily Against President Trump Attending Super Bowl 53

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in Politics

Jan 11, 2019 · 7:33 AM PST

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President Donald Trump has not exactly gotten along with the NFL in the past. Photo by Gage Skidmore (Flickr).
  • Oddsmakers are offering a prop bet on whether U.S. President Donald Trump will attend Super Bowl 53
  • Trump has called NFL players SOBs for kneeling during Star Spangled Banner
  • CBS approached the White House about interviewing Trump during Super Bowl 53 pre-game show

U.S. President Donald Trump is like that embarrassing uncle who shows up at family functions, says terrible things about everyone and then wonders why no one can stand him.

The NFL are just one of many organizations Trump has slagged along the way, but is a reconcilation in the works?

There are reports that CBS has contacted the White House regarding the possibility of Trump doing an interview during the pre-game show of Super Bowl 53.

Odds Donald Trump Attends the 2019 Super Bowl

Will Donald Trump Attend the 2019 Super Bowl? Odds (01/10/19)
Yes +459
No -700

Of course, Trump being interviewed on the pre-game show and Trump showing up in person at the game could be two entirely different things.

While Presidential pre-game interviews are quite commonplace, no sitting President has ever attended the Super Bowl.

Trump, NFL Have Battled Before

Trump’s most recent attacks on NFL players who choose to kneel during the National Anthem in protest of the way African Americans are treated in the United States has followed a similar pattern to many of his more bizzare antics – it plays well with his base and offends most everyone else.

The President has called these players SOBs and demanded that the NFL suspend or fire any player who kneels during the Star Spangled Banner. But it’s hardly the first time that Trump has battled with the NFL.

In 2014, Trump sought to buy the Buffalo Bills franchise. Instead, the league chose to go with Terry Pegula, who is also the owner of the Buffalo Sabres in the NHL.

Thirty years earlier in 1984, Trump purchased the New Jersey Generals franchise in the USFL, a spring pro football league that existed from 1983-85 and had made slow but steady progress as a spring football alternative, with games appearing on two major networks.

But Trump wanted to go head-to-head with the NFL and convinced the owners to make the move to the fall starting in 1986.

At Trump’s behest, the USFL launched anti-trust lawsuit against the NFL, accusing the NFL of owning a monopoly on fall football. The USFL won in court, but were awarded just $3 in damages and the league folded.

Long History Of Presidents And The Super Bowl

George H.W. Bush performed the coin flip at Super Bowl 51, long after the conclusion of his term.

Ronald Reagan did perform the coin toss for Super Bowl 19 while serving as President, but did it via satellite from the Oval Office.

Perhaps the most famous Super Bowl-President interaction was between Richard Nixon and Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula prior to Super Bowl 6.

Nixon had some plays he recommended for Shula to use in the game against the Dallas Cowboys, who beat Miami 24-3.

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