The World Cup by the numbers: 13 facts you need to know

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Over the next month 32 teams from all over the world will compete in the 2014 FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) World Cup in Brazil. Millions of people are expected to participate and billions of dollars will be spent. The World Cup may be an athletic event but, it’s also a business. Here are 13 facts about the World Cup you need to know.

  1. CNN’s Ben Rooney reports that an estimated 30,000 to 60,000 people will spend between $10,000 and $20,000 per person on “enhanced security features” at the world cup.

  3. According to a trip to the World Cup could cost anywhere from $3,000 to well more than $30,000 depending on the length of your stay.

  5. Brazil, with 11-to-4 odds, has the best chance to win the World Cup according to Business Insider.

  7. FiveThirtyEight Sports reports that no team has beaten Brazil on its home turf in 12 years.

  9. According to Forbes ad spending is up more than 40% from 2010’s World Cup.

  11. and Wallet Hub are reporting that 65% of FIFA’s 2014 revenue comes from the sale of television rights.

  13. According to Mashable the top 20 World Cup commercials were shared more than this year’s top 20 Super Bowl commercials on social media. So far World Cup commercials have earned 6.9 million shares. Super Bowl ads only garnered 4.7 million shares.

  15. Researchers at Goldman Sachs are giving America a .5 percent chance of winning the World Cup according to

  17. Brazil spent about $11 billion preparing for the 2014 World Cup – making it the most expensive ever according to the International Business Times.

  19. Brazil spent about $3.6 Billion to build or remodel 12 stadiums according to the Wall Street Journal.

  21. According to survey conducted by YouGov for Wolters Kluwer, a global information services business, 25% of British men between the ages of 25 and 34 say they may take an unauthorized day off to watch the World Cup.

  23. According to the Los Angeles Times hardcore soccer fans in China were buying doctors excuses so they could stay home and watch the World Cup. Yingchi Technology, in the southern China city of Shenzhen, instituted a work from home policy during the World Cup to avoid any conflict.

  25. In 2010 3.2 billion people watched the World Cup. FIFA expects 2014’s World Cup to surpass that and become the most watched TV event ever.

About Barclay Pollak

Barclay Pollak is an award winning journalist and proud to be a member of the Corporate Communications team at TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) in Madison, Wis. Barclay joined the team in April of 2013. Before that Barclay worked as an Anchor/ Reporter for the NBC affiliate in Madison. While at NBC-15 Barclay was recognized by several organizations for his contributions to the television news industry. They include the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the Radio Television Digital News Association (Edward R. Murrow Regional Award) and the Chicago/Midwest National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (2012 Emmy Nominee). When he’s not working Barclay enjoys cheering for all the sports teams in Wisconsin. Barclay’s a University of Wisconsin-Madison alumnus and a huge fan of Badger athletics. Barclay is fascinated by the ever changing world of technology and spends a fair amount of his free time reading about the latest and greatest developments online. When Barclay’s not learning about technology he’s scouring the Internet in search of freeware. Barclay has an 8-year-old daughter and lives with his girlfriend of almost five years on Madison’s southwest side. Follow on G+.

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