SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The latest snapshot of professional athlete pay finds Bay Area franchises being relatively frugal compared to some other major sports programs.
ESPN the Magazine’s list of the 25 best-paid athletes in sports lists no Barry Zito, Barry Bonds or even a Buster Posey. As in previous years, many of the highly-compensated don’t even play one of the four major American sports. Eight of the top 25 income earners come from the worlds of boxing, soccer or Formula One.READ MORE: Separate Truck Crashes Along Interstate 880 In East Bay Foul Morning Traffic
Former Cal QB Aaron Rodgers is the highest paid in the big four sports at $40 million, trailing only boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. ($73.5 million) and Spanish soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo ($50.2 million) and Lionel Messi ($50.1 million). Bay Area natives Tom Brady ($31 million) and CC Sabathia ($23 million) also hit the top 25 overall.READ MORE: California Adds Only 47,400 Jobs In September; Unemployment Rate At 7.5%
A further breakdown of NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA salaries reveals no Bay Area paychecks among the league’s elite. According to ESPN rosters, Tim Lincecum is the best-paid local player at $22.5 million.MORE NEWS: 'Fire Hose' Of Subtropical Moisture Bearing Down On Bay Area; Flash Flood Watch For North Bay
A recent spending spree under new ownership has pushed the Los Angeles Dodgers to the top of the best paying franchises in sports at $241 million annual salary, easily outpacing the New York Yankees and their $208 million payroll. By contrast, the Giants are sixth in MLB with a $136 million payroll.