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By The Numbers

Statistical glimpses of the American sports scene (source, U.S. State Department, 2003)

  1. Population of the United States as of 1 December 2003: 292.7 million\
  2. Number of Americans who watched the professional football 2003 Super Bowl championship on television: 137.7 million
  3. Number of fans that follow NASCAR stock car racing: 75 million
  4. Number of Americans who played golf in 2000: 26.7 million
  5. Number of Americans who played tennis in 2000: 20 million
  6. Number of kilometers that competitors swim, bike, and run, respectively, in an Ironman Triathlon: 4.2, 180.2, and 42.2
  7. Percentage of foreign-born Major League Baseball players in 2002: 25
  8. Percentage of foreign-born National Basketball Association players in the 2000-01 season: 14
  9. Percentage of foreign-born Major League Soccer players in 2002: 38
  10. Number of women playing on college varsity sports teams in 1971-72: 29,992
  11. Number of women playing on college varsity sports teams in 2000-01: 150,916
  12. Number of foreign-born student-athletes on university basketball teams in 1993: 135
  13. Number of foreign-born student-athletes on university basketball teams in 2002: 366
  14. Ratio of high school girls participating in school sports in 1972: 1 in 27
  15. Ratio of high school girls participating in school sports in 2002: 1 in 3
  16. Number of volunteer youth-sports coaches certified by the National Youth Sports Coaches Association: 1.3 million
  17. Number of youth under 19 registered to play soccer in 1980: 888,705
  18. Number of youth under 19 registered to play soccer in 2001: 3.9 million
  19. Number of women in management positions in the National Basketball Association in 1995: 151
  20. Number of women in management positions in the National Basketball Association in 2002: 259
  21. Number of blind and visually impaired athletes trained by the United States Association of Blind Athletes: 3,000
  22. Number of physically disabled athletes since 1996 who have participated in paralympic sports: 5,000
  23. Average annual salary for a player in the National Basketball Association: $4.5 million
  24. Highest one-year salary for basketball star Michael Jordan (1997-98 season with the Chicago Bulls): $33 million
  25. Median household income in the United States in 2002: $42,409
  26. Average annual salary for a secondary school teacher in the United States in 2002: $46,010
  27. Average annual salary for a lawyer in the United States in 2002: $105,890
  28. Average annual salary for a family doctor in the United States in 2002: $136,260
  29. Average cost of stadium construction in the 1950s: $3.8 million
  30. Average cost of stadium construction in the 1990s: $200 million
  31. Estimated value of the New York Yankees baseball franchise: $849 million