CHIEF executive Andrew Demetriou may be the most powerful man in the game, but he isn't the most highly-paid.
The AFL's official 2012 financial figures released yesterday showed Demetriou earned $1.88 million last year, including superannuation and a $440,000 bonus.
That was an increase of $80,000 on his salary package in 2011.
Gold Coast suns captain Gary Ablett jr is the highest-paid player in the game.
The 28-year-old signed a five-year deal believed to be worth more than $10 million when he left Geelong at the end of the 2010 season.
The AFL's figures also showed the organisation recorded a $6.7 million profit in 2012, returning to the black after the first loss in a decade the previous year.
The profit included a record operating surplus of $296million, of which $200million was distributed to the 18 clubs.
Figures also showed the 2012 grand final between the Sydney Swans and Hawthorn was the most-watched sporting event in Australia last year, attracting an average national audience of 4.08 million.
Other highlights included:
- Club membership was a record for the 12th consecutive year, increasing from 650,373 in 2011 to 707,621.
- Total attendance (incl. the NAB Cup), was 7.375 million, down from 7.488 million in 2011
- A record record 4.78 million people watched broadcasts of each round of the premiership season on free-to-air and Pay-TV - the largest weekly audience of any sport in Australia.
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