INDIA ABROAD February 9, 2018 40 COVER STORY
dreams football, specifically with
the Patriots. “Football has been
an integral part of my life,” she
told India Abroad. She got
hooked after her brother started
playing football. Her husband Mo
Patel is a Miami Dolphins fan, but
that hasn’t stopped Nya Patel’s
loyalties. Her boys, both football
players, are Patriots fans as well.
“When we decided to move to
New Jersey from Boston, I had to
make sure that it’ll always be the
Patriots,” Nya Patel said. “We can
never be Giants fans.”
The Economics of the Game
Not only has the sport the
power to assimilate you, Kalra
says, American Football generates more revenue than basketball or baseball.
According to statistics portal
Statistica, the NFL has been
increasing its revenue every year
from around $6 billion in 2004 to
more than $12 billion in 2015.
In comparison, the revenue of
Major League Baseball (MLB) was
at $8.4 billion in 2015, while the
National Basketball Association
(NBA) and the National Hockey
League (NHL) generated around
$6 billion and $4 billion, respectively, in annual revenue.
Kalra says he’s completely
invested in the game – literally.
His company, 612 group, which
brews beer, is the official beer
supplier for all games at the U.S.
Bank Stadium, home of the
Minnesota Vikings and venue of
this year’s Super Bowl.
“It is a huge deal [for his com-
pany],” Kalra says. He is excited
that “the entire world” has
descended upon his city, “bring-
ing a lot of business and boosting
up sales and revenue.”
He says his support will be
with the Patriots: not because he
loves them, but because the
Eagles beat his home team,
“depriving them of an eagerly-
awaited change at the Super
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Jai Patel, who also plays in a national
Under- 15 team, has played at various
venues across the world.