Statistics and Facts on the NFL
The National Football League (NFL) is the highest level of professional football in the United States. It played its inaugural season in 1920 with eleven teams and currently consists of 32 teams.
The NFL is the professional sports league with the highest average per game attendance
, drawing 67,357 spectators per game in the 2011 season for a total of more than 17 million. The league generates more than 8 billion U.S. dollars in revenue
each season, the Dallas Cowboys being the highest grossing team. The Dallas Cowboys are also the most valuable team in the NFL with a franchise value
of 2.1 billion U.S. dollars in 2012.
The annual championship game, the Super Bowl, is one of the biggest single day sports events in the world drawing high television ratings
each year, generating several billion U.S. dollars in revenue through consumer spending
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