Why Americans Love the Super Bowl

With all the hype surrounding the Super Bowl, it’s easy to forget that in the end, it is still a sporting event. However, if it weren’t for the spectacular halftime show, the parties and the special commercials airing during the broadcast, the Super Bowl probably wouldn’t be the global event it has become over the years.

Consequently, it doesn’t necessarily come as a surprise that not even 6 in 10 Americans say that the actual game is their favorite thing about the Super Bowl. That is according to Statista’s 2017 Super Bowl Survey, which found that the commercials are Americans’ second favorite thing about the whole Super Bowl experience.

This chart shows what Americans love most about the Super Bowl.

Infographic: Why Americans Love the Super Bowl | Statista
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Manchester United Tops Football Rich List

Manchester United may not be on top of the Premier League table right now, but in purely commercial terms, the team from the North West of England is once again on top of the world. Thanks to a 33 percent revenue increase in the 2015/16 season, the 20-time English league champions leapfrogged Barcelona and Real Madrid to the top of Deloitte’s Football Money League 2017. Manchester United earned $736 million over the course of the past season, largely thanks to the club’s appeal as a global sports brand. The arrivals of Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and charismatic manager José Mourinho in the past summer will likely help United to make even more money off the football pitch, even if it looks like they won’t be competing for the Premier League title this season.

In its annual ranking, published for the twentieth time this year, Deloitte ranks the largest football clubs around the world in terms of (non-transfer) revenues including matchday revenue (mostly ticket sales), revenue from broadcasting rights as well as revenue from other commercial activities (e.g. sponsorship deals, merchandising).

Interestingly, Manchester United also topped the Money League table when it was first published in 1996/97. Back then, the club’s revenue amounted to roughly $110m, illustrating how vastly the financial landscape of professional football (or soccer) has changed since the turn of the millennium.

This chart ranks the world’s largest football clubs in terms of non-transfer revenue generated in the 2015/16 season.

Infographic: Manchester United Tops Football Rich List | Statista
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Who’s Top of the ‘Facebook’ Premier League?

Manchester United may currently be languishing in sixth place in the real Premier League but when it comes to Facebook, they’re way out in front. Statista has collated the number of ‘likes’ each club has into an alternative league table, finally giving United fans a little something to cheer about.

This chart shows Premier League teams ranked by Facebook page likes in December 2016.

Infographic: Who's top of the Facebook league? | Statista
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