@demonicspaceman, good read, but there are some flaws in your calculations. First, we have to keep the time parameters the same for comparison, so about 95 years are invalid. We're talking about what entity had a higher profit margin, not who made the highest as amount of money.
So it's how much they spend vs how much they earn within GTA V's life cycle up to this point. NFL pays out literal tons of money in NFL player/staff contracts, scholarships, travel, hotel rooms, stadiums, lawsuits, advertisements, retired and debilitated players, physical rehab, mental rehab, drug rehab, induction ceremonies, anniversary parties, too much to include honestly. There are way more NFL players vs r* employees and they make millions more each
I know it's hard to believe that a company that sells jerseys with $8 worth of material at $115+ wouldn't be the most profitable company ever, but maybe it doesn't count towards entertainment at all.
For example, WWE is called "sports entertainment" so they can't be sued for advertising competition while being scripted. They are obligated to differentiate their product from more legitimate sports even though they both involve incredible athleticism. Just food for thought
Why do we have to keep the time parameters the same? Nobody claimed GTA was the most profitable product ever over a 4 year time span.
The rest, I just don't care about. You're pinpointing. If doing that, as previously said, GTA is the most profitable anything ever with a middleaged retired criminal, black man, dog and psycho on the box art to ever have been released in Guam.
Edit: On second thoughts - higher profit margin? You know that street performer who walked to town, wears clothes given to him and basically has no overheads but receives $100 a day in donations, his profit margin would be higher than GTA's in a single day, by quite a lot. Is this entertainment product void from discussion too?
WWE isn't called sports entertainment to avoid being sued. It's been sports entertainment since the 80s and they explained the change and reasons back in the 80s. Nothing about being sued (seriously, people really need to check legal sh*t out before posting tripe). It stops them being subject to regulation (i.e. they can use all the roids they want). It's also a clever marketing term coined by VM.