The first Super Bowl was played on January 13, 1967, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, with the National Football League (NFL) champion Green Bay Packers beating the American Football League (AFL) champion Kansas City Chiefs, by a score of 35-10. The MVP for the game was Green Bay quarter back Bart Starr. Since that time, sports has become a game of numbers so here are some fiscal facts to know about Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers.
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.
Commercials have become as much as part of Super Bowl Sunday as the game itself. This year a 30-second ad was going for $5 million. For a 30-second spot in Super Bowl I companies spent $42,000.
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.
Denver quarterback Peyton 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. This is in contrast with Bart Starr who had a salary of $100,000, which would be $701,000 in today’s money.
And if you want to test your family and friends with a good trivia question, Mark Rypien is the only Canadian quarterback to ever win the Super Bowl MVP award. The Calgary native won it all with the Washington Redskins in 1992.