Interesting factoid I find in the interwebs — how much does a winning/losing Super Bowl player get paid?
First, most contracts for big time players have some kind of post season incentive, so there is that. But if you are a run of the mill player with a paltry $12,000,000 annual contract, it does not award you additional money for the post season games. You would get approximately $700,000 per game during the seventeen week regular season.
The players do get paid for post season games. Both the Chiefs and the 49ers had received a total of $87,000 — $31,000 for their divisional championship win, and $56,000 for their conference championship — before they arrived at the Super Bowl site.
The winning Kansas City Chiefs get a $124,000 check for winning the Super Bowl — much lower than the $700,000 noted above for the run of the mill $12MM per year annual contract player.
The losing 49ers get a check for $62,000 for losing the Super Bowl.
So, you have to ask yourself, why do teams want to win the Super Bowl — it, apparently, isn’t for the money.
All of these payments are negotiated as part of the collective bargaining agreement negotiated between the players union and the owners. I think the owners made out on this one. You?