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Best Paying Teams in the World in 2010
Here is a list of the ten best paying teams in the world in 2010 (actually last completed season, which was often in 2009), based on the average weekly salary per player (first-team), according to Sportingintelligence. The data is based on a survey of 211 teams in 11 major pro leagues (see notes below), however the final top 10 is only from three sports and covers four leagues. See also a similar list for the year 2011.
Top 10 paying teams in the world
US sports teams dominate this list of top paying teams in the world. The New York Yankees baseball team is top, though six NBA basketball teams are also in the top 10. The figures for the Yankees are from 2009 when they won the World Series. All figures are in US dollars. Top paid player data is not available for the soccer teams.
|Rank||Team||League||Sport||Ave. Annual Salary
|Ave. Weekly Salary
|Top Paid Player||Salary|
|1||New York Yankees||MLB||Baseball||$7,663,351||$147,372||A Rodriguez||$33,000,000|
|2||Real Madrid||La Liga||World Football||$6,942,803||$133,515|
|3||Barcelona||La Liga||World Football||$6,667,541||$128,222|
|5||Dallas Mavericks||NBA||Basketball||$5,825,939||$112,037||Jason Kidd||$21,372,000|
|6||Los Angeles Lakers||NBA||Basketball||$5,588,985||$107,480||Kobe Bryant||$21,262,500|
|7||Detroit Pistons||NBA||Basketball||$5,475,705||$105,302||Allen Iverson||$20,840,625|
|8||Cleveland Cavaliers||NBA||Basketball||$5,415,566||$104,145||Ben Wallace||$14,500,000|
|9||Boston Celtics||NBA||Basketball||$5,354,510||$102,971||Kevin Garnett||$24,751,934|
|10||New York Knicks||NBA||Basketball||$5,350,836||$102,901||Steven Marbury||$20,840,625|
the 'Average Annual Salary' (in US dolar equivalents) represents base player salaries from current or most recently completed seasons from each sport, and excludes endorsements, bonuses, appearance fees and any other source of extra compensation.
The sports and leagues which were included in the analysis were from NBA basketball (2008-09 season), IPL cricket (2009 season), MLB baseball (2009 season), English Premier League football (2007-08 season), NHL ice hockey (2008-09 season), NFL American football (2008-09 season, ending with 2009 SuperBowl), NPB Japanese baseball (2009 season), Italian Serie A football (2007-08 season), Scottish SPL football (2007-08 season) and MLS soccer (2009 season). Figures were also included for Real Madrid and Barcelona from Spanish football (2007-08).
- data from the Sportingintelligence’s Annual Review of Global Sports Salaries, 2010
- more ESPN lists
- other sporting lists, including the Forbes list of the World's Best Paid Athletes
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