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How World Cup’s payday compares

By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Posted: 11 am ET

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Winning the quadrennial World Cup isn't just about prestige. For every team competing, there's cold, hard cash on the line, as well.

FIFA, the body that governs the World Cup, pays out large sums to every one of the 32 teams that qualify for the Cup, but the national soccer federation of the winning team will take home a cool $35 million.

It's up to the individual federations to decide how much of that goes to the winning players, and how much goes to everybody else. That's been a point of contention at times; before Ghana's Black Stars played Portugal in the 2014 Cup, players demanded their payment be handed over in cash before agreeing to take the field.

So how does the World Cup $35 million team grand prize payout compare to other major sports championships? Here's a breakdown.

NBA Championship: $4.1 million

The San Antonio Spurs will receive a total of $4.1 million for defeating the Miami Heat in the 2014 NBA Championship.

The Super Bowl: $92,000 per player (about $5 million for the team)

The most recent NFL labor agreement guaranteed that qualifying players on the Super Bowl-winning Seahawks received $92,000 apiece for that game, which works out to about $5 million, depending on how many players qualified for the bonus.

The World Series: $22.6 million

Players on the World Series champion Boston Red Sox received a portion of the receipts from the series amounting to $22.6 million, which was then divided up among the players to the tune of $307,423 apiece. Not bad for a few nights' work in the fall.

The Stanley Cup Finals: $3.75 million

Players on a Stanley Cup winning team get a little money to go with the famous trophy. The winning Los Angeles Kings divvied up $3.75 million thanks to the collective bargaining agreement.

The Ryder Cup: $0

The biggest international event in golf, the Ryder Cup, may make millions of dollars for the PGA, but surprisingly, there is nothing but honor (and endorsement dollars) at stake for the competitors.

What do you think? Who has the best payday and who deserves more?

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