The major league money behind March Madness, the Super Bowl, and the World Cup

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March Madness is in full swing, with basketball fans anxiously awaiting this weekend’s Final Four and championship games.

While the NCAA tournament is indeed one of the most watched sporting events of the year, the Super Bowl and World Cup also reign supreme in terms of popularity.

With this in mind, we’ve created a comparison of the major financial factors and viewership numbers between these three big events. As you’ll see, not only do these games bring in plenty of ad revenue, they also lead to significant drops in worker productivity. So much so, in fact, that many have called for the day after the Super Bowl, when approximately $840 million is lost, to be named a national holiday. We can dream, right?

Check out how the NCAA Tournament, the Super Bowl, and the World Cup stack up below:

Infographic by Analee Kasudia | Photographs by Getty Images

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Infographic Sources:
Event Duration
2014 NCAA Tournament Schedule
Super Bowl XLIX
FIFA World Cup 2014 Schedule
Stadium Size
AT&T Stadium
Stadiums of Pro Football
Classic Football
Online + Television Audience
March Madness Ratings And Revenue Keep Reaching New Heights
Super Bowl XLIX posts the largest audience in TV history
World Cup 2014: One Billion to tune in from across the globe for final showdown in Brazil
Television Ad Revenue
March Madness Generates $7.5 Billion in TV Advertising Since 2005
Decrease in Worker Productivity
Salaries, Ads & Security: What’s The Real Cost Of Super Bowl XLIX?
How much productivity is really lost the Monday after Super Bowl?
Average Ticket Price
Why Have 2015 Super Bowl Ticket Prices Skyrocketed?
World Cup Tickets Up 15.34% From Round Of 16 To Quarterfinals
Money Bet
Americans will drop $9 billion betting on March Madness
Super Bowl betting 2015: How much money is wagered on the game and prop bets?
World Cup 2014: One Billion to tune in from across the globe for final showdown in Brazil

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