Sporting Intelligence released its annual survey of professional athletes and their salaries in the top sports leagues around the world this past weekend. The study explores the average first-team pay for 333 teams across seven different sports in 17 different leagues and 13 countries. In the end, it has reinterpreted over $18 billion USD in salaries.
The agency discovered the Cleveland Cavaliers are the highest-paid sports team in the world, with players making an average of $8.7 million USD during the 2016-17 season. Because of the smaller rosters, renegotiated salary cap and television deals, NBA teams made up 18 of the top 25 highest-paid teams, while the average NBA player makes $6.4 million USD, also the best in the world.
The MLB’s New York Yankees followed the Cavs with $7.7 million USD, while the LA Clippers, Manchester United and Barcelona rounded out the top five.
The report also shows that because NFL teams have a large, 53-man roster, the league spends a total of $4.1 billion USD on its players, $330 USD million more than any other sports league.
Last year’s highest-paid team, Paris Saint-Germain in France’s Ligue 1, fell to 35 this year.
Download the full report here.