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A recession: Really?

The nation’s economy is a talking point from top to bottom, from the rich and super-rich to those at the bottom of the financial ladder.

It seems everybody is on the move; realizing money is not in such short supply. Or else everyone continues digging that hole of debt deeper, never intending to reach above it.

Another venue where big money is highly visible is sports, particularly in the professional ranks. The collegiate level is nothing to sneeze at, either.

A recent report reveals some surprising numbers from the NFL.

Want to attend a Dallas Cowboy game, take your credit card or a wad of cash.

The Cowboys, listed as the most valuable NFL team, is worth an estimated $1.8 billion. To see them play at home costs $160 for the average ticket and add an additional $75 to park.

The stadium hot dog, drink and souvenirs are not included in that price. If you happen to be at the Detroit Lions home park, Ford Field, you’ll pay $13 for a hot dog, the highest price for a hot dog in the NFL.

A look at salaries shows a lofty $23 million to the highest paid player in the league, Peyton Manning, with an additional $13 million tossed in for endorsements.

The minimum salary for an NFL player is $320,000 with 793 players who signed no bonus offer, earning that minimum.

Medium salary, however, is $770,000, compared to the average salary of $1.9 million.

These figures are for a career span averaging 3.5 years in the NFL where the average age of players is 27.

Want to take a stab at it? One must be extraordinarily fast, have good hands, weigh 300 pounds or more if you’re a lineman, be aggressive, work 12 months a year and play in heat, cold, rain or snow.

Big money. Big gamble. Tough job.







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