Poll: Performers Make Bowl Game More Super

Placing such international superstar acts as U2, Paul McCartney, Marc Anthony, Mary J. Blige and others on stage during pre-game and halftime events is a big draw to many football fans planning to wat

Placing such international superstar acts as U2, Paul McCartney, Marc Anthony, Mary J. Blige and others on stage during pre-game and halftime events is a big draw to many football fans planning to watch Super Bowl XXXVI, according to a recently completed Billboard.com poll. A combined 52% of 2,697 voters said that the music performances go a long way in fueling their interest in the annual gridiron event.

The big-name music artists' role in the Super Bowl's circus-like atmosphere is a big draw, according to 30% of voters. Another 22% said they watch more for the entertainment and the big budget commercials than the game itself.

On the other side of the coin, 21% said that all of the entertainment hoopla takes away from what is the most important game of the National Football League's season. Another 10% said it's the commercials, not the game or the musical performances, that matters most to them.

A final 17% said that they do not usually watch the Super Bowl or its surrounding festivities.

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