The Los Angeles Dodgers have the highest payroll in Major League Baseball by a wide margin. Aside from the New York Yankees ($219 million payroll) and Boston Red Sox ($187 million), the Dodgers’s MLB-record $272 million payroll is at least $100 million more than every other MLB team.
Even on a global scale, the Dodgers rank among the top teams in terms of payroll and average salaries per player, alongside teams owned by Russian oil tycoons, Arab royal families and other cartoonishly rich figures.
In a survey conducted by ESPN and SportingIntelligence.com that ranked teams with the highest average salaries per player, the Dodgers ranked fifth in the world, but first in overall payroll:
Many soccer teams sit near the top of the list, starting with Paris Saint-Germain of France’s Ligue 1, who top the list with an average annual salary of $9.1 million per player. This is due to the increase in multibillionaires who own teams in the top European leagues, via Anthony Olivieri of ESPN.com:
Foreign ownership, and oil money in particular, has transformed elite English soccer in the past decade and is now making a significant impression in other leagues — and sports,” says the editor of SportingIntelligence.com, Nick Harris, who has compiled the survey for ESPN since 2010. “Before Qatar Sports Investments bought France’s PSG in 2011, they weren’t among the top 10 French clubs in all-time title wins. Now they’re on a hat trick of title wins and the world’s richest sports team.”
The Dodgers are one of the few teams in the top ten who aren’t funded at least in part by oil fortunes. They were purchased in 2012 for $2.15 billion by Guggenheim Partners, a global investment and financial services company.
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