By Rich Tandler
Usually, when they say it’s not about the money, it’s about the money. But when it comes to what the players make at the Super Bowl, they really mean it.
Each player on the team that wins the game will get a check for $88,000 while the losers will get a consolation prize of $44,000 per man. In the worlds that most of us live in, that’s a lot of money. But in the NFL, and especially in the realm of the Super Bowl, that amount of money is basically petty cash.
Consider that Tom Brady makes $588,000 per week during the season to play quarterback. He makes $88,000 in less than 10 minutes of game time. Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora makes a little under $184,000 per week so he makes more than $88,000 per half.
And compare the players’ payout to what is coming in. The total money paid to 106 players on both teams is just under $7 million. Face value for tickets to this game ranges from $600 to $1200. If the average is right in between at about $900, the sales from fewer than 8,000 tickets cover the entire player payroll for the game.
Or, to look at it another way, commercial time costs $3 million per 30 seconds. That means that 10 seconds into the third commercial of the game enough money has been collected to pay the players.
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