With Super Bowl 2022 set to be the biggest game of the year, American football is also becoming increasingly popular overseas
The Super Bowl final is one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year. Viewers are no doubt eager to ask their Super Bowl odds and enjoy the thrilling halftime show that includes performances from Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar this year.
Besides watching the LA Rams confront against the Cincinnati Bengals, it may come as a surprise to know that American football is also attracting interest in countries other than the United States, especially in Arab countries. Notable Arab-American players have risen through the NFL, one of the main reasons the sport has become more popular overseas.
What is the Super Bowl?
The Super Bowl is the NFL‘s championship game in America, and the top two teams compete to play the biggest game of the year. Even though it is not a declared holiday, it is considered a kind of unofficial holiday. The entertainment side of things grew due to the popularity of the event and the number of people tuning in; companies often produce ads specifically intended to run at the Super Bowl.
Super Bowl in Arab countries
Arab countries like Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are part of IFAF Asia, the governing body for American football in Asia. This explains why American football has become a growing trend in these Arab countries. Many Arab-American footballers have also contributed to the popularity of football in Arab countries. Some notable Arab-American NFL players include Robert Salah, Oday Aboushi, Gibran Hamdan, etc. Robert Sala worked with the Seattle Seahawks when they won the Super Bowl in 2013 while Oday Aboushi landed a 4-year contract with the New York Jets in 2013.
The growing enthusiasm for American football in Arab countries does not seem to be hitting the ground any time soon.