Inevitably, this came up today:
Has anyone given thought that next year will be SuperBowl L? Just L- nothing more. I'm thinking they bastardize it and go with XXXXX.
— OtakuSquirrel (@otakusquirrel) February 2, 2015
The NFL announced … that Super Bowl 50 will be graphically represented using standard Arabic numerals instead of Roman numerals, which the league has been using since Super Bowl V in 1971.
It’s a one-year break, said Jaime Weston, the league’s vice president of brand and creative, because the “L” isn’t as pleasing to the eye.
“When we developed the Super Bowl XL logo, that was the first time we looked at the letter L,” Weston said. “Up until that point, we had only worked with X’s, V’s and I’s. And, at that moment, that’s when we started to wonder: What will happen when we get to 50?”
The NFL assures us that this is not a permanent change or anything:
The NFL will go back to using Roman numerals for Super Bowl LI in Houston in 2017.
I’m not even going to think about Super Bowl C/100/whatever, presumably to be held in 2066.