How the NFL became the world’s most lucrative sports league


Not even hurt. Despite revenues down $ 4 billion in 2020 from 2019 (for a total of $ 12 billion), the NFL remains by far the most lucrative sports league in the world. Behind her, baseball and its MLB (10 billion), the NBA (7.4 billion) and the English Premier League of football (5.3 billion) try in vain to catch up with it.

With only 267 games per year, the Professional American Football League has become a cash machine for the owners of the 32 teams that make it up. To achieve this domination, crystallized by the new contract with TV broadcasters (100 billion over ten years), the NFL has bet on the spectacular aspect of this contact sport, sharp and tactical. From the first Super Bowls – the championship final in the late 1960s, realizing that this was the best way to capture the attention of viewers of an emerging medium, she set up cameras at the edge of the field.

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