The NFL Economy

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The NFL Economy

Forget the lockout--pro football is back. From television contracts to Buffalo wings, here's how the pigskin scores big bucks.

$11 billion

Expected revenue for the NFL this year

PLAYERS

$23 million

Salary for highest-paidplayer, Peyton Manning

$38 million

Manning's earnings including $15 million in endorsements

$320,000

Minimum salary for NFL player

1,186

Players earning their minimum salary (minimum increases with years of experience)

793

Players earning minimum salary who didn't earn any kind of bonus

$770,000

Median player's salary

$1.9 million

Average player's salary

352

Number of players on injured reserve in 2010

3.5 years

Average career length

27

Average age

2,138

Total players in the NFL

NFL

$4.5 billion

Total player costs for the NFL

12

The winningest football jersey number, worn by seven Hall of Famers and quarterbacks who have made 22 Super Bowl starts

AMERICA'S TEAM

$1.8 billion

Est. value of Dallas Cowboys, the most valuable team

$160

Average ticket price for a Dallas Cowboys game

$75

Cost for parking at the Dallas Cowboys stadium

FANTASY FOOTBALL

27 million

The approximate number of fantasy-football players in the U.S. and Canada

39%

Fantasy players who say they have no plan to stop playing, ever

MERCH

$3.6 million

Street value of counterfeit merchandise retrieved in Dallas two days before Super Bowl 2011

$200-250 million

Annual cost of counterfeit merchandise to the American economy

$1. …