March 29, 2010

Yankees Start World's Most Expensive Team: The New York Yankees are the world's highest-paid players in a team sport ahead of soccer teams Real Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea and -- what the hell? -- the Dallas Mavericks. This determination was made in the first Annual Review of Global Sports Salaries by SportingIntelligence.Com, which looked at average first-team pay. The Yankees' starters average $7 million a year compared to Real Madrid's $6.2 million. There's more on the study at the Telegraph.

posted by rcade to baseball at 09:54 AM - 20 comments

It wouldn't be spring if rcade wasn't taking a swipe at the Yankees' payroll.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 09:08 AM on March 29

Geez, who would have thunk? Yeah, I'm still trying to get over the World Series.

posted by jjzucal at 09:52 AM on March 29

It wouldn't be spring if rcade wasn't taking a swipe at the Yankees' payroll.

Really?

posted by yerfatma at 10:57 AM on March 29

It wouldn't be spring if rcade wasn't taking a swipe at the Yankees' payroll.

It wouldn't be daytime if lbb didn't overreact to a story about the Yankees.

posted by grum@work at 12:36 PM on March 29

Not too surprising, seeing as how we all knew the Yankees spend more than any baseball team and also how the schedule is 162 game, not even including playoffs.

posted by dyams at 12:48 PM on March 29

It wouldn't be daytime if lbb didn't overreact to a story about the Yankees.

No kidding. Thanks for the vote of confidence in my integrity, LBB.

posted by rcade at 12:56 PM on March 29

Integrity? I said something about your habits, not your integrity. The subject of the article is a yawner, not news, so why post it?

posted by lil_brown_bat at 01:13 PM on March 29

The subject of the article is a yawner, not news, so why post it?

Don't take this the wrong way and I'm more than sure that I don't need to be telling you this but if you're not feeling the post, there are many others to choose from.

I honestly thought it was an interesting read.

posted by BornIcon at 01:35 PM on March 29

Totally. The Yankees not having the most extravagant payroll in the world would be news.

posted by Mookieproof at 01:39 PM on March 29

Beyond llb's other options, I found the link interesting as well. I had no idea that the soccer teams were paying salaries in those ranges, or that the Mavericks were higher than teams like the Red Sox.

No, that the Yankees were tops wasn't exactly news, but the post had more going for it than that.

posted by dviking at 01:40 PM on March 29

I had no idea that the soccer teams were paying salaries in those ranges, or that the Mavericks were higher than teams like the Red Sox.

Neither did I which is what I found to be interesting.... that and the info about the Mavericks. I would've never known that even with Mark Cuban as the owner of the Mavs.

posted by BornIcon at 01:46 PM on March 29

It wouldn't be spring if rcade wasn't taking a swipe at the Yankees' payroll.

It wouldn't be daytime if lbb didn't overreact to a story about the Yankees.

It wouldn't be SpoFi if shots were not being fired in a post like this.

There's no further explanation needed for why I love this place.

posted by Howard_T at 02:31 PM on March 29

Totally. The Yankees not having the most extravagant payroll in the world would be news.

See, I didn't think they had the most extravagant payroll in the world.

I assumed it was one of the UEFA Champions League teams (from Spain or the UK). With the insane transfer fees that I see players get dealt for, the enormous merchandising range these teams would have around the world (most popular sport in the world, and all that), the cult of personality that some of these players have (even I know them, and I don't follow UEFA that closely), I assumed that everyone was paid exorbitant amounts of money.

MLB has a large portion of their players under tight fiscal controls (pre-free-agency and pre-arbitration).

Other interesting things about that list:

Ben Wallace makes more than LeBron James? Why is Shaq listed under the Suns? And Iverson on the Pistons?

posted by grum@work at 02:51 PM on March 29

Player transfer fees can be insane, my own Reds not exempted (c.f., Albertos Aquilani and Riera) but they are between clubs and not club to player. Players get a cut, outside MLS, but that's still not salary.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:45 PM on March 29

Player transfer fees can be insane, my own Reds not exempted (c.f., Albertos Aquilani and Riera) but they are between clubs and not club to player.

I would assume that if one club pays another club $30million to transfer, that the player should be able to demand a salary worth at least a 1/3 of that value.

posted by grum@work at 03:51 PM on March 29

I said something about your habits, not your integrity.

Whatever the reason, it's still off the mark. I don't post links to bash the Yankees. I post because I find something of interest.

The Mavericks' position on that list is really astounding. I would never have considered them in any ranking of the highest-paid teams.

posted by rcade at 04:22 PM on March 29

grum, from the article...


The review is based on figures available by the end of 2009, from seasons that happened wholly or ended in 2009, except for the European football data, which is from summer 2008.

As for Ben Wallace being above LBJ...LeBron is in the last year of his first contract, while Wallace is in a free-agent contract he signed after winning a ring and numerous all-star appearances. Veterans almost always make more than rookies in the NBA...

posted by MeatSaber at 04:27 PM on March 29

The Yankees make so much, Tennessee is thinking of taxing them.

posted by mr_crash_davis at 06:13 PM on March 29

grum: not unreasonable of you but I think you're wrong about the 1/3 of the fee as salary. Except for a few outliers, even really good players at clubs like ManUtd and Chelsea make less than $10M US per year, even Beckham's salary for coming to MLS was less than $10M/yr, its just that soccer players tend to retain more of their other rights or else get compensated for them.

posted by billsaysthis at 08:43 PM on March 29

grum: not unreasonable of you but I think you're wrong about the 1/3 of the fee as salary.

You also have to factor in that, due to Bosman considerations, transfer fees reduce significantly the closer you get to the end of a contract.

posted by owlhouse at 08:51 PM on March 29

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