(NEXSTAR) – When the Los Angeles Reims and Cincinnati Bengals meet for the 2022 Super Cup on Sunday, only one team will come out of Lombardi Trophy. But even losers – and even some players who never play a second of playing time – leave a big chunk of the extra money.
This is due to the position in the NFL negotiation agreement with the Players Association. The agreement stipulates that the players of the winning team earn an additional $ 150,000 for participating in the Super Cup, while the players of the losing team earn half of that amount: $ 75,000.
It may not be a lot of money for multi-million dollar contract stars, but only this check easily exceeds the average family income in the US that was $ 67,521 in 2020.
Under the agreement, players must receive a bonus payout for the Super Cup within 15 days of the big game.
Rams and Bengals players don’t even need to play Sunday’s game to get an extra check, but there are exceptions to who gets the full amount. If you were on the team list less than three games before the Super Cup, you are only eligible for half the full amount. Players who are injured during the regular season and therefore dropped from the active and inactive lists of the team may also receive a quarter or half of the full bonus (depending on how many games they have played, how many years in the league, their contract status and other factors).
The bonus associated with playing in the Super Bowl, grows every year, according to the agreement. Last year, the winners’ bonus was $ 130,000. Next year, it should grow to $ 157,000. Before the football season of 2030-2031 (the last seasons covered by the last negotiation agreement), each of the winners of the Super Cup will take home an additional $ 228,000.
NFL players also receive an additional fee for participating in other playoff games or the Pro Bowl, but each of these additional payments is less than the Super Bowl bonus.
The 2022 Super Cup kicks off at 3:30 p.m. tennis time in Inglewood, California.