They make how much? Pro-sports bonuses add up to big bucks
As if they don't make enough money as it is, NFL players who make it into the postseason take home some sweet bonuses.
They start with Wild Card and Divisional Playoff games. The winners taking home $24,000 per player for each those games. It goes up from there. The Conference Championship winners getting $44,000.
For the Super Bowl itself each player on the losing team's 53-man roster gets a bonus of $49,000, basically just to be there. Yes, that's the losing team. Players on the winning team take home $97,000.
Add that to the wins along the way to get to the Super Bowl and it's a total bonus pay-out of $165,000.
Then there's the Pro-Bowl. The Patriots and Seahawks had five players each play. The losing team players got $28,000. Winning team players earned $55,000.
It's all relative. For quarterback Tom Brady, his Super Bowl bonus, including the wins leading up to the super bowl, come to 1.8% of his $9-million annual salary.
But for rookie Malcolm Butler, an un-drafted free agent, the bonus is about a third, 32%, of his $510,000 salary.
As great as this all sounds baseball world champions are making more than double the NFL'S world champ bonuses. Bonuses in the pro-basketball world are quite a bit more, too.