Super Bowl — Pay To Play

Interesting factoid I find in the interwebs — how much does a winning/losing Super Bowl player get paid?

Hey, dude, how much are we getting paid for this game?

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 winners

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 losers

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?

But, hey, what the Hell do I really know anyway? I’m just a Big Red Car. car