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Thanks to those pricey commercial spots, the Super Bowl is nearly as famous for hosting brands as football teams. But there’s one brand that the big game—that professional football, period—has planted so deeply in the national consciousness that millions of Americans know it, even though they don’t own it and it’s not for sale in stores.

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This story first appeared in the Jan. 29, 2018, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.