Statistics and Facts on the Super Bowl
The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League, pitting the champion of the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference against one another. It is one of the biggest single day sports events in the world drawing high television ratings each year. The 2012 Super Bowl had a record-breaking average TV-audience
of 111.3 million viewers. The huge exposure of the Super Bowl generates millions of dollars in advertising revenue for the NFL. The advertising revenue
from Super Bowl XLVI (2012) for example was at 245 million U.S. dollars. An average 30-second ad-spot
during the Super Bowl broadcast cost 3.5 million U.S. dollars in 2012.
It is estimated that Super Bowl-related consumer spending
in the U.S. will top 12 billion U.S. dollars in 2013. The average American consumer plans to spend around 82 U.S. dollars
on Super Bowl Sunday. This expenditure includes, among other things, food & beverages, televisions, furniture, team apparel & accessories and decorations. Also part of these expenditures is the money used to place bets on the game
. In 2012, bets to the value of around 93 million U.S. were placed at casinos in the state of Nevada.
The host city of the Super Bowl
is usually chosen by the NFL several years before the game. New Orleans (including Super Bowl XLVII) and Miami have hosted the game the most with ten games apiece. The Pittsburgh Steelers are the most successful team in terms of Super Bowl wins
, having won the Super Bowl an NFL-best six times. In 2013, players on the winning team stand to make 92 thousand U.S. dollars
for playing in the game, players on the losing team will receive 46 thousand U.S. dollars.
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