VOA News/Mark Young

Today is ‘Super Bowl’ Sunday, the day of the national championship for American football. This year the New England Patriots will play the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta for the National Football League’s (NFL) Vince Lombardi Trophy.

This will be the 11th time the Patriots compete in the Super Bowl, and the third straight year they’ve contended for the title. They lost last year’s game to the Philadelphia Eagles.

It’s the fourth appearance for the Rams, who last played in the Super Bowl in 2002 when they were defeated by the Patriots. At that time the Rams were based in St. Louis.

Players warm up ahead of the NFL Super Bowl football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Players warm up ahead of the NFL Super Bowl football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Super Bowl is one of the most-watched television events each year, as many Americans host or attend parties to watch the game.

President Donald Trump is no exception. He said he expects as many as 700 people at his Super Bowl party at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. The president is forecasting a Patriots win, saying the team has “great chemistry.”

For many, the commercials shown during breaks in the action are a bigger draw than the game itself. Many companies roll out new television ads created especially for the big game, and they pay big money to get those ads in front of viewers. This year a 30-second advertising spot will cost more than $5 million, according to AdWeek.

Rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi, as well as the pop group Maroon 5, eventually signed on to perform, but Scott and Maroon 5 agreed to appear only after the league agreed to make contributions to various charities.