posted on Jan, 21 2005 @ 12:55 PM
while i used to be able to go to maybe 20 games a year i am now down to a couple of games a season, for my wife and i to drive an hour to seattle, pay
for parking, something to eat and tickets to a game it easily costs us $150....fortunatly we still get to see the games on tv free
MLB: The continued rise of salaries & ticket prices
Reflecting the ongoing surge in professional sports revenues, the average Major League Baseball salary rose again this year to $2.3 million. So which
pro sport spends the most on its athletes? Read on to see why it's all a matter of perspective.
By Spiro Kiousis, 4/12/2001
Reflecting the ongoing surge in professional sports revenues, the average Major League Baseball salary rose again this year to $2.3 million — up
nearly 14 percent from last season — according to recent Associated Press reports. The average has more than doubled since 1992, the first time it
reached the $1-million mark. This year's big winner was Alex Rodriguez, who signed a record $252-million deal over 10 years during the offseason.
While sports salaries continue to escalate at unprecedented rates, the question of which sport pays its athletes the most is a matter of perspective.
For example, baseball players, who compete in 162 games a season, average about $14,000 per contest, certainly not chump change to the casual fan, but
not extravagant compared to their counterparts in other sports.
Basketball players, in comparison, make about $48,000 a game. Figures reported by the National Basketball Players Association show the average annual
salary to be approximately $3.9 million. The salary growth rate in basketball is even greater than that of baseball. Just a decade ago, the average
annual salary in the NBA was around $1 million, which has now quadrupled to its current level.
At $1 million, the National Football League has the lowest average salary of the three major sports. But when broken down by games played,
professional football players have the most lucrative deals, receiving over $62,000 per contest. Over the past decade, the NFL’s salary growth rate
has been much steadier than those of both baseball and basketball. In fact, in both 1994 and 1997, the average salary actually dropped from the
Despite the NFL’s slower growth rate, its ticket prices are among the most expensive options for sports fans at an average of $48.97 each, according
to a survey published by Team Marketing Report in Chicago last year. On the other hand, baseball remains the most affordable option at just $16.65 per
ticket. Basketball is the most expensive with fans paying an average of $51.02 per ticket. At minimum, the typical family of four will spend almost
$80 on tickets to attend a professional sporting event from the three major sports. Once parking and concessions are factored in, the total easily
Even with the skyrocketing salaries, though, fans continue to flock to stadiums and arenas across the country in astounding numbers. In particular,
the average attendance to NFL games is approximately 63,000. Nearly 31,000 fans attend a typical baseball game. Finally, 21,000 people usually watch
live NBA games. In total, this means that sports franchises can expect to have 504,000 football fans, 2,511,00 baseball fans and 861,000 basketball
fans visit their home arenas or stadiums on any given year.
Collectively, the combined revenue generated from attendance alone at these sporting events amounts to over $4.5 million per game. Of course, the
larger money lies in the advertising sales, television contracts and promotional items. But in the end, the growth in sports salaries and ticket
prices appear to show few signs of slowing down. With the emergence of alternate sports leagues, such as the XFL or Major League Soccer, however,
perhaps the stronghold of the big three sports leagues will be challenged