Okay, these figures about the “200 best-paying teams in the world” is a bit of out date as they’re based on last season. Hull and Portsmouth are not in the EPL, nor is Siena still in Serie A.
But it’s nice to know we pay about the same on salaries that Fiorentina do, right? They’re good, right?
The most interesting thing about this list to compare and contrast the leagues though, even if it is apples and oranges.
For instance, look at the NFL. The Washington Redskins is that league’s highest paying team, yet they are ranked just #70 overall. They’re right behind the NBA’s Sacramento Kings — a team that is moving to the other end of California (Anaheim) this summer — and just a bit above Portsmouth.
Overall, the average ranking of an NFL team is #114. That makes sense considering the strict salary caps and unguaranteed contracts for the players. Yet, the league is the most popular here in the states with attendances nearly doubling the EPL, and a commanding multi-billion dollar TV contract and oodles of public money for stadiums.
But, it is also currently in a lockout because of qualms over revenue sharing between players and owners. Connected? I think so.
Anything else stick out to you? For me, the last thing is just how cheap the New York Islanders are. Man are they a mess.