Washington Redskins players will receive $16,000 each and the team will get $485,000 plus the cash equivalent of 80 first-class airline tickets for Saturday's NFC semifinal playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Redskins earned an estimated pre-tax profit of more than $1 million for hosting last weekend's first-round game, a 27-13 victory over the Detroit Lions. This week's game, however, is far less lucrative for Washington because it is the visiting team.
The host and visiting teams split ticket revenue for regular season games, but during the postseason, the NFL collects all ticket revenue and returns a portion of the money to the two teams. The host team splits the cost of the premium charge (above and beyond the face value of the ticket) on luxury boxes and club seats with the NFL.
"The [ticket money] goes into a big pot," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. "The teams get money to cover expenses."
The NFL pays teams that host playoff games a flat payment of $510,000. The home team also deducts expenses such as stadium services, ticket expense, insurance, halftime shows, field preparation and public relations from the ticket revenue that is sent to the league.
The NFL also pays the home team 15 percent of the gross ticket revenue, after taxes, for stadium rent. With 66,000 seats and some of the highest ticket prices in the league, stadium rent at Tampa Bay's Raymond James Stadium could exceed $500,000.
The Redskins were allowed to keep the rent money last week because the team owns FedEx Field. Raymond James Stadium is owned by the Tampa Sports Authority.
If the Redskins advance to the NFC championship game, they will receive $830,000 from the NFL and the cash for 85 first-class, round-trip airline tickets. The players in the conference championship game get $34,500 each.