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Super Bowl by the numbers (10 items)

By , Deseret News

Feb. 2, 2014

Last year, more than 108 million people gathered in bars, lounges and living rooms, donning their favorite team’s apparel and eating and drinking while they cheered on their beloved players during the Super Bowl.

This year’s numbers are supposed to have been even higher.

To better examine the phenomenon, we have compiled a list that takes into consideration the economic impact of the Super Bowl, as well as some interesting economic statistics about the two teams that competed in this year's Super Bowl.

1 of 10. Who has more money?

The Denver Broncos are the 13th richest team in the NFL, with a reported team value of $1.161 billion.

The Seattle Seahawks come in as the 15th richest team, with a team value of $1.081 billion.

Source: Forbes

2 of 10. The wealthiest owner

Super Bowl XLVIII winners, the Seattle Seahawks, are owned by Paul Allen, who incidentally is the wealthiest among NFL owners with a net worth of $15 billion. He is a Microsoft co-founder.

Source: Forbes

3 of 10. The three highest paid NFL players who have won a Super Bowl

1. Drew Brees
Total earnings: $51 million
Salary: $40 million
Endorsements: $11 million

2. Aaron Rodgers
Total earnings: $49 million
Salary: $43 million
Endorsements: $6 million

3. Tom Brady
Total earnings: $38.3 million
Salary: $31.3 million
Endorsements: $7 million

Source: Forbes

4 of 10. Highest and lowest paid by position

Lowest annual average salary: tight end at $863,414

Highest annual average salary: quarterback at $1,970,982

Over the next two seasons, Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos will earn $40 million in guaranteed money, while in 2011 tight end Julius Thomas signed a paltry $2.42 million/four-year deal.

Source: Sports Illustrated, NBC Sports, Yahoo Sports

5 of 10. Ticket prices

Highest: Dallas Cowboys at $313 a game

League average: $209 a game

Lowest: Cleveland Browns at $143 a game

Average Super Bowl ticket price: $2,646

Source: CBS Sports, CNN Money
1. BYUalum
South Jordan, UT,
Feb. 3, 2014

Considering all the economic problems this country faces, spending problems, welfare handouts, accumulated debt, loss of jobs, and bleak outlook for the future for many Americans, these numbers are absolutely absurd and rediculous!

2. The Rock
Federal Way, WA,
Feb. 3, 2014

Believe it or not, the NFL is registered as a non-profit and the head honcho has a salary of $29.9 million.

Man, I wish I was a non-profit.

3. Rob86
Cottonwood Heights, UT,
Feb. 3, 2014

"Absurd and ridiculous"? Is it? It's not a tax. It's not welfare. It's not even governmental. The money is spent because a market exists: millions of sports fans who are willing to pay for some entertainment.

Yes, we have economic problems, but that won't stop the private sector from capitalizing on an opportunity.