Professional Athletes Salaries In The 1950's

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Professional Athletes Salaries

Boom or bust, pro-athlete salaries have soared over the past decades. In the 1920’s, professional athletes were paid a few hundred dollars per game and held off season jobs. In the 1950’s, this changed as television was introduced and broadcasting rights increased player salaries. Now even with salary caps being put into place for some sports, salaries have far outpaced inflation. For instance, the MLB average salary has increased from about $300,000 to 3.2 million since 1985.
The four major sports in North America have a wide range of salaries. In Major League Baseball, the average salary is 4.4 million with the highest being 32 million. In the National Football League, the average salary is 2.5 million

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