I don't think this hill is worth dying on, and I don't think it's worth challenging others about and creating an atmosphere of unpleasantness in your workplace, church, or social gatherings.
Live and let live. The Superbowl is immense fun for many of us in the middle of the cold winter, with at least six more weeks of winter left.
Unfortunately my team (Bears) didn't come anywhere near the Super Bowl. But NEXT year...!
Football is a complex and fascinating game. It's not a "little boy's game" at all, although little boys can play a version of it in the vacant lots and parks in their hometowns.
I compare football to chess because of all of the different strategies involved.
I sincerely challenge anyone who doesn't think highly of the game of football to learn more about the game. One of the universities in our area offered a class for women (and anyone else who is ignorant about football), presented by the Head Coach of the university football team. 150 women signed up for this course, and it seemed to be very apppreciated by all these women, most of whom remarked that they had no idea what football was all about before they took the class.
See if there's a class in your town.
The athletes who play football are among some of the best-trained in the world in any sport. I don't know how much you weigh, but add enough weights to bring your weight up to 250 pounds, and then try running a hundred yards at top speed. Or try turning a backflip from a standing position. Not easy. But football players do these things and more.
No government (your tax) monies are used to present the Super Bowl. Yes, the local governments are put to some large expense for traffic control, public safety, etc., but they more than make it back in tourism dollars.
It's all private money. That alone should make us all cheer!
It's a free choice to get involved with the hoopla and watch the game, or totally ignore it. No one is forced to watch. You might feel pressured to get involved with the discussions in your workplace or social gatherings, but there are always plenty of people who don't watch that you can pal around with a for a week or so. Just smile at all the Super Bowl crazies (like me) and say, "Wow, sounds exciting!"
As for the high salaries, consider dividing the salary by "number of people served." In my position in the hospital lab, I serve a few hundred people everyday. Let's say a thousand a week. That means that if my salary is divided up, each of these people pays me approximately $1.50. Not much money, right?
But NFL players serve millions of people, and over a billion for the Super Bowl. That means that when the "huge" salaries of the players are divided among the people served, each person pays fractions of pennies. Not much at all.
And I agree with other posters that NFL gives back hundreds of thousands of dollars and thousands of hours of volunteerism to the country.
Go ahead and find something else to do on Sunday. That's fine. I'll be watching the Super Bowl, and this year, I really don't care who wins. It's the game that important.