SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Sports has become a game of numbers so here are five fiscal facts to know about Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers.
1.) The Super Bowl bonuses paid to the players on the winning team will top $100,000 for the first time this year. The winning players will be paid $102,000 compared to the $15,000 paid to the members of the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl I. Losing team players will be paid $51,000 apiece.
2.) Commercials have become as much as part of Super Bowl Sunday as the game itself. This year a 30-second was going for $5 million. For a 30-second spot in Super Bowl I companies spent $42,000.
3.) The escalation of the costs of a ticket to the big game has been bullish to say the least. The price of Super Bowl 50 tickets range from $850 to $3,000. Scalped tickets were averaging $5,000 in price. For Super Bowl I in the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, the tickets ranged from $6 to $12.
4.) Denver quarterback Payton Manning had a base salary of $19 million this season, but earned a $2 million bonus for winning the AFC Championship and could earn another $2 million with a Super Bowl win.
5.) According to the Hass Avocado Board, Americans are expected to consume more than 139 million pounds of avocados on Super Bowl Sunday. At $3 a pound, that means that more than $400 million will be spent on avocados.