Where does the MLS rank in highest paid teams in world?

Going through the 10 websites that I always visit, I came across ESPN’s list of team salaries. ESPN’s final numbers were compiled by Nick Harris editor of sportingintelligence.com. The teams are ranked by average weekly pay, how much the average player makes in a week at that team.

Here is the breakdown of their criteria

The average weekly pay only consists of base salaries from current or recently completed seasons. It doesn’t take into account extra compensation which could be endorsements, bonuses, appearance fees and other sources.

-278 teams
-14 major pro leagues
-10 countries
-7 sports (soccer, baseball, football, hockey,basketball, cricket
-7,925 athletes
-$15.69 billion in salary

Let’s now see how the MLS teams did. I know it may look bad that all the MLS teams are below 218 other teams, but remember in this country we have multiple sports to choose from. This includes college teams as well. In other countries they have only a few sports to choose from. Here are the MLS Teams.

Rank Last Year Team Avg. weekly pay Avg. weekly pay % change in avg. weekly Total payroll $ (rank)
219 222 La Galaxy $555,799 $10,688 27 $17,299,183 (206)
222 218 New York Red Bull $529,126 $10,176 -5 $13,228,155 (211)
228 227 Toronto FC $321,959 $6,192 54 $8,370,923 (223)
251 270 Chivas USA $178,644 $3,435 102 $4,287,461 (260)
253 255 Seattle Sounders $173,024 $3,327 50 $5,363,729 (249)
255 250 Philadelphia Union $162,232 $3,120 29 $4,542,484 (253)
256 262 FC Dallas $157,387 $3,027 56 $4,406,842 (257)
257 Vancouver Whitecaps $150,092 $2,886 n/a $4,202,583 (262)
258 259 Real Salt Lake $149,926 $2,883 42 $3,898,065 (268)
259 Portland Timbers $149,515 $2,875 n/a $4,485,462 (254)
260 256 Houston Dynamo $147,882 $2,844 33 $3,697,038 (270)
261 226 Chicago Fire $145,521 $2,798 -37 $3,929,075 (267)
262 257 DC United $141,307 $2,717 27 $3,673,994 (271)
263 258 Colorado Rapids $127,457 $2,451 18 $3,823,719 (269)
264 253 New England Revolution $125,802 $2,419 5 $3,522,468 (273)
265 260 San Jose Earthquakes $120,802 $2,323 15 $3,624,062 (272)
266 Montreal Impact $118,464 $2,278 n/a $3,316,994 (274)
267 254 Sporting Kansas City $116,786 $2,246 -1 $3,270,014 (275)
278 252 Columbus Crew $89,369 $1,719 -27 $2,770,428 (276)

By comparison here are some other teams. The Yankees,Lakers, Steelers and Capitals are the highest in their respective leagues.

Rank Last Year Team Avg.

weekly

pay

Avg.

weekly

pay

% change in avg. weekly Total payroll $

(rank)

1 1 Barcelona $8,680,569 $166,934 10 $217,014,221 (1)
5 4 L.A. Lakers $6,278,088 $120,732 -4 $87,893,233 (63)
6 3 N.Y. Yankees $6,186,322 $118,968 -8 $197,962,289 (2)
34 56 Schalke 04 $4,187,722 $80,533 19 $115,844,040 (24)
75 105 Pittsburgh Steelers $2,937,255 $56,486 23 $149,800,000 (11)
86 100 Washington Capitals $2,678,500 $51,510 10 $66,962,500 (92)

Pretty interesting stuff. If I ever have kids I’ll tell them to pick sports with the least amount of contact.

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