(NEXSTAR) – When the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles face off at the Super Bowl on Sunday, only one team will leave with the Lombardi Trophy. But the losers — and even some players who don’t even clock a single second of game time — will leave with a big bonus paycheck.
That’s because of a provision in the NFL’s bargaining agreement with the Players Association. The agreement stipulates players on the winning team earn an extra $157,000 for playing in the Super Bowl, while players on the losing team earn $82,000.
That may not be a lot of money for the teams’ stars on multi-million dollar contracts, but just that one check easily tops the median U.S. household income, which was $70,784 in 2021.
Players are set to receive their Super Bowl bonus pay within 15 day of the big game, according to the agreement.
Chiefs and Eagles players don’t even have to play in Sunday’s game to get the extra check, but there are exceptions to who gets the full amount. If you’ve been on the team’s roster for less than three games prior to the Super Bowl, you’re only entitled to half the full amount. Players who get injured during the regular season, and are therefore dropped from the team’s active and inactive lists, could also get a quarter or half of the full bonus (depending on how many games they played, how many years they’ve been in the league, the status of their contract, and other factors).
The bonus associated with playing in the Super Bowl grows each year, according to the agreement. Last year the winners’ bonus was $150,000. Next year, it’s set to rise to $164,000. By the 2030-31 football season (the last seasons covered in the most recent bargaining agreement), the Super Bowl winners will each take home an extra $228,000.
NFL players also get paid extra for playing in other playoff games or the Pro Bowl, but each of those extra payments is smaller than the Super Bowl bonus. The 2023 Super Bowl kicks off at 6:30 Eastern Time at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.