Average student athlete's annual compensation in tuition, room and board, according to WalletHub's March Madness by the Numbers study: $120,000
Average salary of big-time college coaches: $5 million plus
Amount paid by CBS/Turner to acquire the TV rights for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament from 2011 to 2024: $10.8 billion
Estimated amount wagered on the 2015 tournament: $9 billion
Estimated amount illegally gambled on the 2015 tournament: $7 billion
Percentage of CFOs who say they are much more open to negotiating non-monetary perks compared to one year ago, according to a survey by Robert Half: 9
Percentage of workers who want telecommuting options: 23
Percentage of workers who want non-traditional work hours: 21
Percentage of Americans who say choosing locally grown/sourced items is an important factor in their purchasing decisions, according to a Harris poll: 50
Ranks of sugar content, fat content, sodium content and calorie count on the list of important considerations in choosing one item over another: 1, 2, 3, 4
Source: The Harris Poll.
Median sale price of a new single-family home in 1967, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: $22,700
Price in 2016: $282,800
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
Number of college students in the United States, according to IBIS World: 20 million
Amount of spring break spending in 2016, according to IBIS World: $1.7 billion
Percentage of students who book hotel rooms for $100 or less, according to Priceline: 43
Source: IBIS World.
Percentage of American workers who say they have virtually no money in savings and investments, according to EBRI's Retirement Confidence Survey: 57
Percentage of workers who report savings of $25,000 to $49,999: 9
Percentage who report savings of $100,000 to $249,999: 10
Percentage of workers who have savings of $250,000 or more: 14
Percentage of human resource managers who said they would consider rehiring a former employee who left their company on good terms, according to a new survey from Accountemps: 77
Percentage of workers who said it is very likely they would ever apply for a job at a previous employer: 17
Percentage of workers who said the primary reason they would not apply for a job at a previous employer is because they didn't like management: 23
Percentage who said they didn't like the corporate structure: 14
Source: Robert Half.
Percentage of Americans who deem driving while extremely over the legal limit for alcohol use is very dangerous, according to an Ipsos Survey: 93
Percentage of Americans who classify taking a selfie while driving as being unsafe: 92
Percentage who say the same of texting while driving: 91
Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.
Percentage of global citizens who agree that law-enforcement agencies should have a right to access the content of their citizens' online communications for valid national security reasons, according to a poll undertaken by the Centre for International Governance Innovation and conducted across 24 countries: 70
Percentage of respondents, including 60 percent of Americans, who think that companies should not develop technologies that prevent law enforcement from accessing the content of a user's online data: 63
Source: Centre for International Governance Innovation.
Percentage of U.S. broadband households that now own a smartphone, according to Parks Associates mobile research: 86
Year that U.S. carriers started to do away with the once-familiar two-year contract, which tied consumers to a two-year phone upgrade cycle: 2012
By the third quarter of 2015, percentage of mobile consumers who had a contract, down from almost 70 percent at the end of 2011: 51
Source: Parks Associates.
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