The Super Bowl is an event that has a great deal of traditions, and one of the stranger ones year in and year out has been an interview with the President of the United States. Given that the big game rotates between different networks year in and year out, as a result of that there are constantly different interviews and different settings that take place.
This year, Super Bowl 51 is going to feature at around 4:00 p.m. Eastern time (1:00 p.m. Pacific) an interview between then-President Donald Trump and Bill O’Reilly of Fox News. Fox is the broadcaster of the game, and since they do not have a news division that is specifically for their own broadcasts a la NBC or CBS, they tend to have the Fox News host do these interviews. The previews two times in which Fox had the game, we saw him sit down to do an interview with President Barack Obama.
According to Deadline, this interview will be pre-taped earlier in the morning prior to the start of the pre-game festivities, which makes a little bit of sense given that this is not necessarily something that needs to be live and there are plenty of other crazy things that are going to be going down on the day.
Will there be some legitimately interesting talking points during the interview? Maybe, but all that is hard to say. The one thing that we’re disappointed in somewhat is that there is not going to be someone from CNN interviewing Trump prior to the start of the big game. If you were looking for some real fireworks, there was a reasonably good chance that you were going to get more from that than you are going to get from anything that is going to happen over the course of the game itself.
At this particular point, one of the last orders of business is going to be merely finding out just who is going to be taking part in the big game this year. The Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, and Pittsburgh Steelers are all still out there in the running, and there are ratings implications depending on what happens. For example, the Packers would likely bring in a larger overall audience than the Falcons would.
We’ll have more coverage of course on the Super Bowl and everything associated with it as the event nears. (Photo: Super Bowl.)