It has been reported that the NFL paid its commissioner, Roger Goodell, $29.49m in 2011, nearly tripling his pay. Goodell's salary was reported to include a bonus of $22.3m.
Super Bowl XLVII was setting up to be one of the dullest Super Bowls in recent history, a nostalgic throwback to the days when the Dallas Cowboys would routinely dismantle the Buffalo Bills, when something unexpected happened.
A typical NFL season does not end as neatly as a scripted television show. There's no guarantee that all, or indeed any, of the subplots that emerge during the course of the season will be wrapped up by season's end. Super Bowl XLVII, however, was an exception.
The Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII and in the process they beat the odds-makers too.
The NFL has sold out both of the games scheduled to take place in London in 2013. Speaking at his annual pre-Super Bowl press conference, the league's commissioner, Roger Goodell, hailed the news as evidence of the league's growing support in the UK, and left the door open to the possibility of one day placing a franchise in London.
More than 70,000 people will attend Ray Lewis's retirement party. Another 100 million or so will watch it on television. When the final game of one's NFL career happens to be a Super Bowl, it is never going to be a low-key affair.