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BIG BUCKS In Sports
July 14, 2008
The top earners in each league (above) seldom reflect the best-managed franchises or win-loss records
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July 14, 2008

Big Bucks In Sports

The top earners in each league (above) seldom reflect the best-managed franchises or win-loss records

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United States

U.S. Virgin Islands

CHINA's Yao Ming $13.8 million

GERMANY's Dirk Nowitzki $16.4 million

RUSSIA's Andrei Kirilenko $13.7 million

Football

With a salary cap that teams actually adhere to—unlike in some leagues—efficiency in the NFL is reflected in the standings: The Patriots, Packers and Cowboys are best

Smart Money

TEAMS' RIGOROUS adherence to the salary cap is one reason the NFL is the most financially successful league in sports. Since its inception in 1994, the cap has kept costs down as revenue has exploded, and the average value of an NFL team has increased 497%.

EATING CROW
$18.8M

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