May in Sports: By the Numbers
Here’s a look at the numbers behind some of the biggest sports stories this past month. Send us suggestions for next month’s edition by tweeting at @michaelkruse with the hashtag #GrantlandStats.
Amount of money Peyton Manning made last year: $42 million.
Amount of money David Beckham made last year: $46 million.
Number of soccer teams among the top 10 highest-paying sports teams in the world: 7.
Percentage of Hispanics in the NBA’s regular-season viewership: 12.
Percentage by which that’s gone up over the last year: 20.
What Hideki Matsui hit in 13 games with the Triple-A Durham Bulls: .170.
Number of Japanese media members at Tropicana Field for his debut May 29 with the Tampa Bay Rays: Nearly 30.
Number of wins Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish had in his first 10 starts, more than any other pitcher in Rangers history: 7.
Number of home runs the Rangers’ Josh Hamilton hit May 8 against the Orioles: 4.
Amount of debt Harris County, Texas, still owes on the Astrodome, which was closed and declared unsafe in 2008: $30 million.
Estimated amount it would cost just to demolish the facility: $128 million.
Projected cost of the Vikings’ new stadium in Minneapolis: $975 million.
Portion of that price tag the Vikings will pay: $477 million.
Amount the University of Texas spent on athletics last year: $133.7 million.
Amount the University of Texas made on athletics last year: $150 million.
National rank of those two figures: 1.
Number of Division I public colleges and universities in America that spent more than $100 million on athletics last year: 10.
Aggregate amount by which the athletics spending at America’s 227 Division I public colleges and universities went up last year: $267 million.
What each student at Rutgers ends up having to pay per year on average to support sports: $1,000.
The number of full professors that could be hired with that pool of money: 132.
Amount per day Notre Dame paid Charlie Weis from November 30, 2009, to June 30, 2011, to not coach the Fighting Irish: $15,066.
What NBC got for 30-second ads during this year’s Super Bowl: $3.5 million.
What CBS is already getting for the same for next year’s Super Bowl: $4 million.
Length in feet of the yacht, called Kismet, owned by new Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan: 223.
Age of former NFL star Junior Seau when he committed suicide May 2 at his California home: 43.
Number of seasons he played in professional football: 20.
Tackles he made over that time: 1,526.
Number of players from the 1994 San Diego Chargers Super Bowl team who are now dead: 8.