The 20 Highest-Paid Sports Teams In The World

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The New York Yankees are no longer the highest-paid team in North American sports. Despite paying their players an average salary of $6.2 million, they have been surpassed by the Los Angeles Lakers, whose players make an average of $6.3 million.And neither of those teams are the highest-paid worldwide.

Barcelona once again tops the list, paying an average salary of $8.7 million per player, or 40.3% more than the average salary on the Yankees.

On the next few pages we will take a look at the 20 highest-paid teams, a list that includes teams representing six different professional sports leagues, and five different countries (all data via SportingIntelligence.com).

#20 Memphis Grizzlies — $5,017,751 (Average pay per player)

Sport: Basketball

League: NBA

2011 Rank: 27

#19 Boston Red Sox — $5,093,724

Sport: Baseball

League: Major League Baseball

2011 Rank: 8

#18 Liverpool — $5,230,525

Sport: Soccer

League: English Premier League

2011 Rank: 20

#17 Miami Heat — $5,261,657

Sport: Basketball

League: NBA

2011 Rank: 58

#16 Arsenal — $5,280,108

Sport: Soccer

League: English Premier League

2011 Rank: 22

#15 Boston Celtics — $5,321,435

Sport: Basketball

League: NBA

2011 Rank: 15

#14 Chicago Bulls — $5,324,088

Sport: Basketball

League: NBA

2011 Rank: 42

#13 Los Angeles Angels — $5,327,075

Sport: Baseball

League: Major League Baseball

2011 Rank: 28

#12 San Antonio Spurs — $5,450,135

Sport: Basketball

League: NBA

2011 Rank: 43

#11 Manchester United — $5,521,423

Sport: Soccer

League: English Premier League

2011 Rank: 16

#10 Inter Milan — $5,700,915

Sport: Soccer

League: Italian Serie A

2011 Rank: 7

#9 Philadelphia Phillies — $5,817,965

Sport: Baseball

League: Major League Baseball

2011 Rank: 13

#8 Bayern Munich — $5,907,652

Sport: Soccer

League: German Bundesliga

2011 Rank: 12

#7 Milan — $6,104,769

Sport: Soccer

League: Italian Serie A

2011 Rank: 14

#6 New York Yankees — $6,186,322

Sport: Baseball

League: Major League Baseball

2011 Rank: 3

#5 Los Angeles Lakers — $6,278,088

Sport: Basketball

League: NBA

2011 Rank: 4

#4 Chelsea — $6,795,899

Sport: Soccer

League: English Premier League

2011 Rank: 6

#3 Manchester City — $7,403,754

Sport: Soccer

League: English Premier League

2011 Rank: 10

#2 Real Madrid — $7,796,637

Sport: Soccer

League: Spanish La Liga

2011 Rank: 2

#1 Barcelona — $8,680,569

Sport: Soccer

League: Spanish La Liga

2011 Rank: 1

Two of these teams squared off yesterday in the biggest match Premier League history

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