1. Derek S said...

    My back-of-the-envelope calculations show player salaries (roughly 2.7 billion according to the link) as around 41% of (publicly claimed) revenues (widely reported as 6.5 billion for 2008).

    Last year players received roughly 50% of revenues in the NFL and 57% in the NBA, according to their respective players’ association web sites.

  2. Derek S said...

    No…I couldn’t easily get that data.  Looking a little harder, it appears that benefits are included in the NBA number, but the NFL ratio goes up to 58% if you include benefits.

    Best estimates for MLB appear to be 51-55% for the last few years, and probably lower this year with revenue increasing year-over-year roughly four times faster than salaries.

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