The Super Bowl

2019 Week 5 Dataset and Historical Background

Posted by David Velleca on January 28, 2019

Historical Background

On January 15, 1967, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers met in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the first ever Super Bowl. The idea for the Super Bowl came out of the merger of the American Football League and the National Football League. Prior to the Super Bowl, the NFL had fended off other competing leagues and determined its own champion, either by overall record (from 1920 to 1932) or a championship game.

The first four Super Bowls occurred before the NFL-AFL merger was official in 1970, meaning that these games were played between the Champions of the NFL and the AFL. Following the merger, the new National Football Conference and American Football Conference champions continued to meet in the Super Bowl to determine the NFL Champion.

This dataset includes a lot of different data on the Super Bowl - from teams & scores, to TV audiences & ratings, attendance and cost per 30s ad spot. There are bound to be loads of insights in the data. We'd really love to see what you can do with this week's dataset! Download the data and see what you can do. Create your viz and post your work to Tableau Public and Twitter with the hashtag #ThrowbackDataThursday, tagging @TThrowbackThurs. We're really looking forward to seeing what the Tableau Community can come up with!

Data Source

This week's dataset comes from Wikipedia. Please be sure to cite the source on your viz.