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NFL ditches Roman numerals for Super Bowl 50 logo


For the first time since the fourth Super Bowl, no Roman numerals will be affixed to the 50th Super Bowl.

The NFL has released the logo for Super Bowl 50, which will take place in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2016, and the logo uses the Arabic numeral 50, rather than the Roman numeral L. Roman numerals have been used since Super Bowl V.

Representatives from the host committee had been lobbying the NFL to allow them to ditch the ‘L’ and it appears that they have succeeded. Perhaps some promotional materials for the game will use Super Bowl L, but most will use the official logo with its great big 50.

The NFL says Roman numerals are not disappearing for good, and the 2017 game will be Super Bowl LI.