10 Richest Sports Leagues in the World

The relative worth of each sports league is measured here by total league revenue divided by number of players contracted per league.

National Basketball Association $4.8 billion. 450 players which is $10,666,666.66 in revenue per player. Total player salaries total $3,273,024,672.00 or $7,273,388.16 per player which means 68.19% of revenue goes straight to the players.

NBA Team Salaries By Team

Listed from biggest salary budget to smallest:

Franchise Total Salaries

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers $137,889,758.00Cleveland Cavaliers
  2. Golden State Warriors $137,485,140.00Golden State Warriors
  3. Oklahoma City Thunder $128,827,539.00Oklahoma City Thunder
  4. Washington Wizards $126,066,215.00
  5. Portland Trail Blazers $125,716,489.00
  6. Los Angeles Clippers $122,848,877.00
  7. Milwaukee Bucks $121,441,357.00
  8. Toronto Raptors $120,928,989.00
  9. Houston Rockets $119,357,882.00
  10. Charlotte Hornets $118,947,949.00
  11. New Orleans Pelicans $118,377,962.00
  12. San Antonio Spurs $116,969,169.00
  13. Detroit Pistons $115,747,423.00
  14. Utah Jazz $111,201,646.00
  15. Boston Celtics $109,873,911.00
  16. Memphis Grizzlies $109,487,672.00
  17. New York Knicks $107,695,200.00
  18. Los Angeles Lakers $105,688,295.00
  19. Miami Heat $102,851,379.00
  20. Minnesota Timberwolves $102,174,370.00
  21. Orlando Magic $98,543,113.00
  22. Brooklyn Nets $95,618,523.00
  23. Denver Nuggets $95,087,125.00
  24. Sacramento Kings $94,838,784.00
  25. Atlanta Hawks $94,460,334.00
  26. Indiana Pacers $93,775,085.00
  27. Dallas Mavericks $90,484,649.00
  28. Phoenix Suns $84,876,422.00
  29. Philadelphia 76ers $83,972,127.00
  30. Chicago Bulls $81,791,288.00

50 Best Paid Players in the NBA 2017-18

Name Team 2017-18 Salary
Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors $34,682,550.00
LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers $33,285,709.00
Paul Millsap Denver Nuggets $31,269,231.00
Gordon Hayward Boston Celtics $29,727,900.00
Blake Griffin Los Angeles Clippers $29,512,900.00
Kyle Lowry Toronto Raptors $28,703,704.00
Mike Conley Memphis Grizzlies $28,530,608.00
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder $28,530,608.00
James Harden Houston Rockets $28,299,399.00
DeMar DeRozan Toronto Raptors $27,739,975.00
Al Horford Boston Celtics $27,734,405.00
Carmelo Anthony New York Knicks $26,243,760.00
Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers $26,153,057.00
Jrue Holiday New Orleans Pelicans $25,686,667.00
Chris Bosh Free Agents $25,289,390.00
Kevin Durant Golden State Warriors $25,000,000.00
Otto Porter Washington Wizards $24,773,250.00
Chris Paul Houston Rockets $24,599,495.00
C.J. McCollum Portland Trail Blazers $23,962,573.00
Dwyane Wade Chicago Bulls $23,800,000.00
Bradley Beal Washington Wizards $23,775,506.00
Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans $23,775,506.00
Hassan Whiteside Miami Heat $23,775,506.00
Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons $23,775,506.00
Dwight Howard Charlotte Hornets $23,500,000.00
Chandler Parsons Memphis Grizzlies $23,112,004.00
Harrison Barnes Dallas Mavericks $23,112,004.00
J.J. Redick Philadelphia 76ers $23,000,000.00
Brook Lopez Los Angeles Lakers $22,642,350.00
Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies $22,642,350.00
Kevin Love Cleveland Cavaliers $22,642,350.00
DeAndre Jordan Los Angeles Clippers $22,642,350.00
Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks $22,471,911.00
Steven Adams Oklahoma City Thunder $22,471,911.00
Nicolas Batum Charlotte Hornets $22,434,783.00
Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz $21,974,719.00
LaMarcus Aldridge San Antonio Spurs $21,461,010.00
Victor Oladipo Indiana Pacers $21,000,000.00
Danilo Gallinari Los Angeles Clippers $20,559,599.00
Serge Ibaka Toronto Raptors $20,061,729.00
George Hill Sacramento Kings $20,000,000.00
Ryan Anderson Houston Rockets $19,578,455.00
Paul George Oklahoma City Thunder $19,508,958.00
Allen Crabbe Brooklyn Nets $19,332,500.00
Jimmy Butler Minnesota Timberwolves $19,301,070.00
Jeff Teague Minnesota Timberwolves $19,000,000.00
Kyrie Irving Boston Celtics $18,868,626.00
Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs $18,868,625.00
DeMarcus Cousins New Orleans Pelicans $18,063,850.00
John Wall Washington Wizards $18,063,850.00

Attendances by Team

Team Total attendance Average
Bulls 888,882 21,680
Cavaliers 843,042 20,562
Raptors 813,050 19,830
Mavericks 811,366 19,789
NY Knicks 810,741 19,774
Jazz 806,605 19,673
Heat 805,400 19,643
Warriors 803,436 19,596
Trail Blazers 792,029 19,317
Clippers 782,609 19,088
Lakers 776,917 18,949
Celtics 760,690 18,553
Spurs 755,347 18,423
Thunder 746,323 18,203
Magic 727,875 17,753
Kings 721,928 17,608
Hornets 710,643 17,332
76ers 710,557 17,330
Suns 708,639 17,283
Wizards 697,107 17,002
Rockets 695,903 16,973
Pacers 684,578 16,697
Grizzlies 677,314 16,519
Pelicans 663,099 16,173
Pistons 655,141 15,979
Hawks 654,306 15,958
Bucks 648,952 15,828
Nets 632,608 15,429
Timberwolves 607,203 14,809
Nuggets 605,585 14,770

NBA

Premier League $4.7 billion. 500 players which is $9,400,000.00 in revenue per player.Premier League

Major League Baseball $9.5 billion. 1,200 players which is $7,916,666.66 in revenue per player.Major League Baseball

National Football League $13 billion. 1,696 players which is $7,665,094 in revenue per player.National Football League

National Hockey League $3.7 billion. 690 players which is $5,362,318.84 in revenue per player.National Hockey League

Bundesliga $2.5 billion. 522 players which is $4,789,272.03 in revenue per player.Bundesliga

La Liga $2.1 billion. 500 players which is $4,200,000.00 in revenue per player.La Liga

Serie A $1.8 billion. 540 players which is $3,333,333.33 in revenue per player.Serie A

Ligue 1 $1.6 billion. 537 players which is $2,979,515.83 in revenue per player.Ligue 1

Nippon Professional Baseball $1.0 billion. 564 players which is $1,773,049.64 in revenue per player.

Nippon Professional Baseball
Nippon Professional Baseball

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