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Fall of Roman empire? NFL goes with "Super Bowl 50"

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For the 50th Super Bowl, the NFL is abandoning Roman numerals.

The Feb. 7, 2016, game will be known as "Super Bowl 50." The news was first reported Wednesday by ESPN.com.

The change was made because the league didn't like the look of a "Super Bowl L" logo. Instead, the "Super Bowl 50" logo will include the Arabic numerals in gold -- symbolizing both the golden anniversary of the game and the fact that the championship matchup will be played in the Golden State, at the San Francisco 49ers' new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

"When we developed the Super Bowl XL logo, that was the first time we looked at the letter L," NFL vice president of brand and creative Jaime Weston told ESPN.com. "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?"

According to ESPN.com, the change is for one year only. Super Bowl XLIX is scheduled for 2015 in Glendale, Ariz., and Super Bowl LI will be played in Houston in 2017.

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