Sports and numbers go together, but this year that seems to be more true than ever with the hullabaloo over the deflated footballs used by the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game.
It’s likely that few fans knew the balls were to haveair pressure of 11.5 to 13.5 psi, or that putting 2 pounds less in a ball would make much difference to quarterbacks and receivers.
Deflate-gate took over the conversation last week, but as the game gets closer, breakdowns of the Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks and their strengths and weaknesses have received some attention.
And then there are the other things that make the Super Bowl unique: the parties, the ads and the gambling pools.
Last year, we looked at numbers associated with the Super Bowl from the amount bet to the salaries of the two teams.
(Check out 8 Super Super Bowl Numbers.)
This year, we scoured the Web to find 10 Super Super Bowl Numbers. If the game is one-sided, maybe these fun facts can keep the conversation going.
That’s the amount of ad revenue generated over the previous decade, The Wall Street Journal reported, and the price of a 30-second commercial is up 75% over that same time period. This year, that amount of time can be had for $4.5 million, up $300,000 from last year.
That’s a lot of chicken wings, but Americans are up to the task of eating every last one of them on Super Sunday. The National Chicken Council says that’s enough to put 572 wings on each seat in all 32 NFL stadiums. The council says Seattle fans are 17% less likely than those in other cities to eat wings and those in Boston are 8% less likely. And don’t forget the 9 million pounds of guacamole and the accompanying chips.
The number of tweets sent during last year’s Super Bowl by 5.6 million people. The game was watched by 112.2 million people in the U.S.
Profit expected for Las Vegas casinos, as reported by WalletHub, on bets of $115 million. And bettors don’t only focus on who will win or lose the game. Vegas offers more than 350 so-called prop bets, on everything from whether the coin flip will land heads or tails to the length of the National Anthem. For the record, the average time for the anthem is 116 seconds.
That’s the number of people who have attended a Super Bowl game. The largest crowd was 103,985 fans at the 14th game, played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, the Associated Press reported.
The number of people expected to call in sick on Monday, according to Kronos. Another 4.4 million might show up late. HR professionals beware.
The number of volunteers enlisted to help make the big game and the events leading up to it go off without a hitch. The volunteers work at Super Bowl Central in downtown Phoenix, manning social media and performing other duties.
The percentage increase in online viewership of Super Bowl ads since 2010, according to Inc. The website adds that online viewing increases the reach of an ad by 48%.
50 … or is that L?
What’s in a number? Quite a bit, evidently. The NFL is making a change next year for the 50th Super Bowl. Say goodbye to Roman numerals, at least for a year. The NFL said a simple L on the game’s logo just didn’t look right. The game will be played in the home stadium of the San Francisco 49ers. The first game was played in Los Angeles but, alas, there is no team in that city to host the 2016 title game.
That’s the percentage increase in antacid sales the day after the big game. It’s no wonder, as was noted on the page about chicken wing consumption.
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