- Rose Bowl (1997 season):
- The Michigan Wolverines won 21-16 over the Washington State Cougars to win the AP Poll national championship
- The Orange Bowl was the original venue for the championship game, but the Big Ten Conference was not a part of the Bowl Alliance, so the game instead featured the #2 Nebraska Cornhuskers and the #3 Tennessee Volunteers
- January 13 – ABC and ESPN negotiate a $1.15 billion a season contract to keep Monday Night Football.
- Super Bowl XXXII – Denver Broncos won 31–24 over the Green Bay Packers
- December 13 – The Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings return an NFL record 3 kickoff returns for touchdowns.
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