On Sunday, comes the festivities along with 6 hours of pre-game and an Overly-exaggerated rendition to the National Anthem which for some inexplicable reason always gets applause. Add to it, another yawner Halftime show staring the Black Eyed Peas, and a bombardment of overly expensive ads involving cute animals, goofball humor and 3rd & 4th tier 'celebrities', and you have yourself quite a carnival of crass.
And rumor has it, an actual football game will be played which non-Steelers and Packers fans will immediately forget once it is over.
But A&G doesn't seek to become a 'Debbie Downer'. Many people love the Super Bowl and look forward to it each year- good for them and to each his/her own.
So here's some interesting Super Bowl XLV economic 'fun facts' to share with friends and co-workers around the water-cooler:
$200 Million-- Estimate as to how much visitors to North Texas will shell out on everything from hotel rooms, rental cars and stadium concessions.
$5.25 Million -- what the 15,000 prostitutes flocking to the Dallas- Ft. Worth area are estimated to earn combined after a week of 'work'
$3 million -- cost to run a 30-second ad on Fox during Super Bowl
$2,300- $295,000-- price range for Super Bowl tix on Stubhub. The nearly $300K seats are in the Hall of Fame Suites
$900,000 -- Average median NFL salary
$83,000 -- What last year's Super Bowl champs, the Saints earned per player
$42,000 -- What last year's Super Bowl losers, the Colts earned per player
$40,857 -- average mean income of Green Bay, Wis.
$50,000 -- Cost to make the Super Bowl trophy. Done from scratch every year, takes four months and 72 man-hours to complete. The words "Vince Lombardi Trophy" and the NFL shield are engraved onto the base. After the final gun sounds, the seven-pound trophy is presented to the winning team, then sent back to Tiffany's to be engraved with the winning team's name, the date and final score of the Super Bowl. The trophy is then sent back to the winning team for them to keep.
$990 -- a parking spot with bathroom access for tailgating purposes
$200 -- cost per ticket to stand outside Cowboys Stadium and watch the game on a big screen TV while being officially counted as in 'attendance' with the people who actually are inside
FREE - Watching on TV from comfort of one's living room