Bring out the salsa and chips because it’s Super Bowl week.
Last year, a record 111.3 million people tuned in for the big game and its equally popular commercials. While this year’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens may struggle to top the ratings generated by last year’s matchup between the larger market New York Giants and New England Patriots, the telecast is certain to be a powerhouse for both the NFL and its advertisers.
Some interesting facts about Super Bowl XLVII:
- This is the first time two brothers have served as head coaches: San Francisco‘s Jim Harbaugh and the Raven’s John Harbaugh.
- The 49ers are making their 6th appearance (5 wins), while the Ravens are at the big dance for the 2nd time (1 win).
- At last check, there were a handful of tickets available, with prices ranging from $1,900 to $12,516 each. Tickets for the first Super Bowl, in 1967, sold for $12.
- New Orleans is hosting the event for the 10th time.
- Cost of a Super Bowl commercial is $3.7 million. Sponsors range from Anheuser-Busch (4 and 1/2 minutes) to Wonderful Pistachios (one 30-second ad).
- The season is getting longer. The first Super Bowl, in 1967, was played on January 15. Super Bowl XXXVIII, in 2004, was the first to move into February.
- Longer season, yes, but it’s worth the extra hours. Members of last year’s winners, the NY Giants, earned $88,000 for the victory. The losing New England Patriots settled for $44,000.
- Former Rams’ and Cardinals’ quarterback Kurt Warner holds the top three spots for most passing yards in a Super Bowl.
- There’s some debate about the economic impact of the Super Bowl on the host city, but according to the NFL, the value is about $500 million.
Who’s going to win? That’s one fact I don’t have.