The salary survey says …

WHO SAYS MONEY can’t buy happiness? According to the ESPN The Magazine/Sportingintelligence Global Salary Survey, the 2013 Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks spent an average of $2.3 million per player last season, the second-highest total in the NFL. “A list like this over time shows the disconnect.”

MLB, MLS: 2014

NBA, NHL: 2013-14

NFL, CSL (Chinese Super League, soccer), NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball), AFL (Australian Football League) and CFL (Canadian Football League): 2013

EPL, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and SPL: 2012-13

IPL (Indian Premier League, cricket): Annual pay extrapolated from 2013 tournament

In addition to the yearly salary data, Harris compiled a list of 198 teams that are ranked by the total salary an average player made over the past five seasons. Figures exclude endorsements, appearance fees and sponsorships and have been converted to U.S. 27. Of these 198 teams, 49 had an average player who has earned $20 million or more since 2009. The offseason acquisitions of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce increased the overall team payroll from $82,726,245 to $102,211,009, a jump from No. Milan’s team payroll declined from $177,909,000 in 2011-12 to $155,928,000 in 2012-13. 2 at $37 million, followed by the New York Yankees’ $35.8 million, Manchester City’s $31.7 million and Chelsea’s $31 million to complete the top five. Salaries for the survey are taken from the following years:

Other notable items in the survey include Serie A behemoth A.C. Back in the NBA, the Los Angeles Lakers fell from No. La Liga’s Barcelona tops this list with an average five-year spend of $37,975,600 per player. The NFL’s highest-paid team, the Dallas Cowboys, doesn’t land until No. The 2013-14 Brooklyn Nets, thanks largely to Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov’s desire to build a contending team immediately, have the highest average payoll at $6.8 million per player, up from $5.5 million last season. Over the span, the Lakers were the NBA’s highest-paying club, coming in at No. dollars. 93, and the average Cowboy was paid $11.8 million over the five years.

See more about the methodology here. 19 in team payroll, due in large part to the departures of Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace, whose combined salary was $26.8 million.

“A lot of people think because the NFL has great ratings, the players must be the wealthiest,” says Sportingintelligence editor Nick Harris. 7 to No. Though the franchise spent more per player than 30 other NFL teams, it ranked No. 7 overall, having spent $29,883,100 on the average player over the past five years. 116 overall, behind all 30 NBA teams, all but two major league baseball clubs and 13 of 20 English Premier League squads.

The NBA is the highest-paying league in the world, as roughly $2 billion was paid to 441 players, for an average salary of $4,522,283 per player. Milan’s dropping 21 spots, from No. The larger payroll is costing Prokhorov more than $80 million in luxury taxes alone.

The results of the survey reveal the spending trends of 294 teams in 15 leagues in seven sports across the globe. . A.C. Real Madrid comes in at No. 6 on the overall list. The lists include money paid in salaries to players who form the “first-team squad” or active roster across a season. The total wages of the 8,663 athletes surveyed amounted to $16.15 billion. 16 to No. 6 to No

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