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The 2010 FIFA World Cup by the Numbers

The World Cup, which takes place June 11 to July 11, may be the be-all-end-all for football — ahem, soccer — fans. Compared with other popular sports, it wins in financial terms as well.

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Matthew Ashton/AMA/Corbis
  BROADCAST ON...  
WORLD CUP: 376 CHANNELS IN 214 COUNTRIES   TOUR DE FRANCE: 118 CHANNELS IN 186 COUNTRIES
  VIEWERSHIP  
WORLD CUP FINAL: 715 MILLION   SUPER BOWL: 106 MILLION
  TEAMS TRYING TO QUALIFY  
WORLD CUP: 204 NATIONS IN 1 SPORT   SUMMER OLYMPICS: 204 NATIONS IN 28 SPORTS
  PRIZE MONEY  
WORLD CUP: $420 MILLION   U.S. OPEN (TENNIS): $21.6 MILLION
  TELEVISION RIGHTS  
WORLD CUP: $3.4 BILLION   WINTER OLYMPICS: $1.1 BILLION
  TICKETS SOLD  
WORLD CUP: 3.4 MILLION FOR 64 MATCHES   RUGBY WORLD CUP: 2.2 MILLION FOR 48 MATCHES

A version of this article appeared in the June 2010 issue of Fast Company magazine.

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