Super Bowl XVIII, By the Numbers - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather

Super Bowl XVIII, By the Numbers

© Jets-Cowboys Pregame 2011 © Jets-Cowboys Pregame 2011
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Holidays bring us "The 12 Days of Christmas." In that same spirit, get ready for "The 12 Days of Super Bowl." That would make Wednesday the "11th Day of Super Bowl."

Here are some fun facts about Super Bowl XLVIII (or 48, for those of you not down with the whole Roman Numeral thing):

Did you know this is New York/New Jersey's first Super Bowl? In fact, if you combined the Super Bowls played in New York, Dallas, the Bay Area, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Jacksvonille, Houston, and Atlanta, it would equal the amount of Super Bowls that New Orleans has hosted (10).

If you've ever wondered how the tickets are distributed, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos account for 35% of the seats. The Seahawks, for example, had a lottery for many of those tickets, with better odds for longtime season ticket holders. Each non-Super Bowl team gets 1.2% of the tickets. The NFL office gets a whopping 25.2% of the tickets to divy up.

If you weren't lucky enough to get tickets at face value, you can still buy them on the secondary market. Just be prepared to give up an arm and a leg (assuming each limb is worth at least $1,100). Nosebleed seats will set you back $2,300. If you're more of a "luxury box" kind of fan, be prepared to spend as much as $899,270 for a Level 3 Suite. Hope you've been saving up!

Players participating in the Super Bowl stand to gain financially for reaching football's penultimate game. Each player gets between $21,000 and $23,000 for making it to the Wild Card Game. A Divisional Playoff Game will net you $23,000. Then the numbers jump to $42,000 for reaching the Conference Championship Game. And if you're fortunate enough to win the Super Bowl? That's a $92,000 payday. Don't worry... the loser still gets a cool $46,000. So even if you're a backup earning the league minimum, you stand to earn as much as $180,000.

Bottom line, the Super Bowl is a big money event, whether you're watching it, or playing in it.

  • Pro

    • Former Chiefs HC Don Nachbaur named LA Kings Assistant Coach

      The LA Kings have agreed to terms with Don Nachbaur to serve as Assistant Coach, it was announced today by LA Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake and Kings Head Coach John Stevens. Nachbaur joins Assistant Coach Dave Lowry (hired on May 30) and Goaltending Coach Bill Ranford.

    • Spokane natives Yamamoto, Johnson breaking the mold on the ice

      The scouting reports on Kailer Yamamoto are pretty much all the same: speedy, skilled, a pure scorer -- and undersized. "It gives me that drive to want to push past everybody and be the best player I can be," Yamamoto says of constantly hearing about his 5-9, 160-lb. frame. "Ultimately my goal is to be the best player every time I step on the ice. It gets a little frustrating but it gives me that drive and helps me out in the end."   There's a small group of ...

    • Dyson's bunt sparks Mariners to 7-5 win over Tigers

      SEATTLE (AP) - Jarrod Dyson's bunt single broke up Justin Verlander's bid for a perfect game in the sixth inning Wednesday night and sparked the Seattle Mariners to a 7-5 comeback win over the Detroit Tigers.

    • Indians drop second straight game to Dust Devils, 5-1

      PASCO, Wash. (AP) -- Aldemar Burgos homered and had three hits, driving in three, and Emmanuel Ramirez allowed just one hit over six innings as the Tri-City Dust Devils defeated the Spokane Indians 5-1 on Wednesday. Ramirez (1-0) allowed one run while striking out seven and walking two to pick up the win.

    • Sounders give up last-second goal, tie Orlando City 1-1

      SEATTLE (AP) - Scott Sutter headed in a free kick on the last play of second-half stoppage time to lift Orlando City to a 1-1 tie with the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday night. The Lions (7-5-5) were awarded a free kick 12 yards up from the goal line outside the penalty area on the left side.

    • Sisters share more than 60 years cheering on local Minor League Baseball team

      Meet two local ladies who have been cheering on the Billings Mustangs for more than 6 decades.