Yankees and Madrid top best-paying clubs list
The New York Yankees are the best-paid team in world sport, measured by average pay, ahead of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea, with the NBA's Dallas Mavericks in fifth, according to a review of global sports salaries to be published on Friday.
The report covers 211 teams, drawn from the world's richest competitions. While the Yankees are the best-paid team, basketball's NBA is the best-paid league, followed by cricket's IPL, Major League Baseball and then the Premier League in fourth.
The average first-team pay at the Yankees was £89,897 per player per week in 2009, or £4.7m per player last year, when the Yankees won the World Series for the 27th time.
Real's players earned an average £4.2m per year in the period under review for Spanish football, while the corresponding figures were £4.1m at Barcelona, £3.59m at Chelsea and £3.56m at the Mavericks.
The report -- the inaugural Annual Review of Global Sports Salaries -- compares average pay on a like-for-like basis, looking at weekly and annual first-team averages, with 'first team' defined by competitive action in the respective leagues under review.
Other leagues included are ice hockey's NHL and American football's NFL, as well as Japan's NPB baseball league (the second highest-paying sports league in Asia, next to the IPL), and Serie A, the world's second highest-paying football league.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are included from Spain -- as the only football clubs outside England that make the top 30 payers -- while football leagues from the US (MLS) and Scotland (SPL) are included as representatives of "small" leagues from the world's most popular game.
Only two Premier League teams make the top 30. Manchester United are at No 14 ,with average first-team pay calculated at £55,818 per week (£2.9m a year).
Team (highest-paid player, player's average pay per year, average pay per week)
1 NY Yankees (A Rodriguez £20.13m, £4.6m, £89,897)
2 Real Madrid (n/a, £4.2m, £81,444)
3 Barcelona (n/a, £4.1m, £78,231)
4 Chelsea (n/a, £3.6m, £68,946)
5 Dallas Mavericks (J Kidd £13m, £3.5m, £68,343)
6 LA Lakers (K Bryant £12.9m, £3.4m, £65,563)
7 Detroit Pistons (A Iverson £12.7m, £3.3m, £64,234)
8 Cleveland Cavaliers (B Wallace £8.8m, £3.3m, £63, 529)
9 Boston Celtics (K Garnet £15m, £3.2m, £62,813)
10 New York Knicks (S Marbury £12.7m, £3.2m, £62,769)