The average price of a ticket for the Superbowl was close to $3,500. Tonight's game had an attendance of 80,000. Let's say 5,000 were free tickets to be overly generous.
The average price of a ticket to the game was approximately $3,500 x 75,000 paid ticket holders = $260,000,000 approximately. In addition there are TV revenues from Fox, probably tens of millions more.
Then there are program, shirts, hats, banners, beer and hotdog sales. A beer cost $12. So figure attendees easily spent $50 x 80,000 or $4 million. This doesn't include the many activities in the days leading up to the game where the NFL rakes in tons of money.
So here are the payouts for the players.
Winning team members: $92,000 x 60 = $5.5 million
Losing team members: $46,000 x 60 = $2.75 million
IOW, TV revenues, food and mementos more than cover the amount paid to the players.
Thus the NFL gets $260 million to pay for the stadium rental and other costs. How much could that be?
The NFL and the team owners probably pocket $250 million dollars.
The cost of the players - who are THE reason people watch the game - is a paltry 2 to 3% of Super Bowl revenues.
Shouldn't they be getting close to half? Shouldn't the players be collectively splitting $125 million instead of $8 million? They are the reason that people watch.
Pray for me.