Today’s Super Bowl will be played in Los Angeles. Inglewood, to be specific, which is 6.6 miles and roughly 20 minutes without traffic from the LA Coliseum, the site of the very first Super Bowl.
There is very little in common other than the locale between the first and current Super Bowl. Take prize money, for instance. On the line Sunday for the Bengals and Rams will be a decent, six-figure payday for the winners. On top of being immortalized for life, receiving a fat ring loaded with diamonds, and getting to touch the Lombardi Trophy, each winning team member will receive $150,000.
Not bad, and much better than the payout to every losing team member. They go home with $75,000, which hopefully covers the incidental charges their families ring up at their respective luxury hotels they stayed at in Los Angeles.
The money has gotten much better for the winning teams. A year ago, it was $130K for Tom Brady and the Bucs’ players. And this year’s payout is a $27,000 increase from two years ago.
The payout now is exactly 10X what the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs members received in 1967. The winners took home $15,000, and it was $7,500 for the losing team per player, which sounds like a pretty decent one-day payout for the late ’60s.
In a CNBC report that cited the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ inflation calculator, the money the players received 55 years ago was equivalent to $128,000 in today’s dollars.
The first time the prize money hit $50K for the winning team was in 1999, and it crossed the six-figure mark in 2016 when Peyton Manning and the Broncos pounded the Carolina Panthers.