Why does Super Bowl use Roman numerals?

Why does Super Bowl use Roman numerals?

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FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2011, file photo, the Green Bay Packers gather on the field before the NFL Super Bowl XLV football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Arlington, Texas. The Super Bowl will be streamed online and to phones for the first time, the NFL said Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. NBC's broadcasts of wild card Saturday, the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl will be available on the league's and network's websites and through Verizon's NFL Mobile app. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

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Posted on January 31, 2012 at 4:00 AM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Ready for Super Bowl X-L-V-I? Of course, it's Super Bowl 46. But in the NFL tradition, the big game is written out in Roman numerals. It all started with Super Bowl 5 -- that's V. Bob Moore, historian for the Kansas City Chiefs, credits the idea of using Roman numerals to the late Lamar Hunt. Hunt was owner of the Chiefs and one of the godfathers of the modern NFL. Hunt is also credited with coming up with the Super Bowl name. So, why the Roman numerals? Historian Moore says the fancy numbering made the game seem more important.

 

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