Super Bowl LVI will be the 56th Super Bowl and the 52nd modern-era National Football League (NFL) championship. The game is scheduled to be played on February 13, 2022, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. It will be the eighth Super Bowl hosted by the Greater Los Angeles Area, with the last one being Super Bowl XXVII in 1993, held at the Rose Bowl, and the first in the city of Inglewood. The game will be televised nationally by NBC.
Under the NFL’s current television contracts, Super Bowl LVI was to have been broadcast by CBS, as part of the annual cycle among the three main broadcast television partners of the NFL. For the first time, the Super Bowl is scheduled on a date that falls within the date range of an ongoing Olympic Games, the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Fellow NFL broadcaster NBC holds the broadcast rights to the Olympics, and prime time coverage of the Games on that night, if any, would have had to compete with the Super Bowl—potentially diluting viewership and advertising revenue for both events.
To maximize U.S. viewership and provide value to NBC’s rights, marquee events in recent Games (such as figure skating) have sometimes been deliberately scheduled to allow live broadcasts in North American primetime hours whenever feasible.There is also an unsaid gentleman’s agreement between the NFL’s broadcasters to not air competing original programming against the Super Bowl.