Super Bowl Sunday – Indiana Wins

5 Feb

Suday, February 5, 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Super Bowl and Super Bowl Sunday:  a major TV event.  Bigger than Macy’s Day (opps, I meant Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade) but not as big as New Year’s Eve TV coverage of the ball dropping in New York City’s Times Square.

Dropping the ball is always good TV coverage.

According to Wikipedia, ” The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL), the highest level of professional American football in the United States,…”

Walter Camp

Walter Camp, American Football Pioneer

Often, the teams are referred to by their state of residence, instead of their colorful and thought provoking names.  (I am not sure why, although I suspect it is the thrill of experiencing a sense of disposable, pseudo-nationalism.)

This year (2012) posed a slight dilemma for many followers of the TV event. The two teams competing were the Giants vs. the New England Patriots. Many viewers I spoke with appeared to feel geographically un-represented –

The Giants, aka the New York Giants have two geo-social extra baggage charges:

1. “New York” – bossy New York that is always getting the attention and pushing the rest of the country around and

2.  They actually reside across the river in New Jersey!

The New England Patriots have similar problem:

1. New England with its class ceiling – all of those Mayflower people, Ivy League schools, history, etc. (in fact, out here in Oregon, “New England Ivy” is labeled as an “Invasive Species”;  school children are taught to hate it and neighbors are encouraged to turn each other in if suspected of growing it) and

2.  Nobody knows just what state the New England Patriots are hosted by (it’s Massachusetts).  Ironically, the team’s name used to be simpler and easier to remember: The Boston Patriots.  Somehow “Boston” sounded too New Englandy!

Soo, before getting the detailed economic analysis from that premier Economics Forum , (, one might assume that Indiana won a substantial financial gain from hosting the event.

The main reason for this assumption is based on my general lack of fundamental economic knowledge and the following three items.

1. The obvious influx of cash by the attendees (food, hotels, taxis, etc.)

2. City fees and taxable activities (TV, game related businesses)

3. Revenue related to actual attendance in the stadium, where ticket prices for seats were reported to be between $ 1,000 and $ 100,000– very high prices.

It is amazing what some people will pay to avoid the TV commercials.



One Response to “Super Bowl Sunday – Indiana Wins”

  1. noharmonydone February 6, 2012 at 7:56 PM #

    Apparently, it was an exciting game.

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