Breaking Down the Top 2012 Salaries Per Sport

Breaking Down the Top 2012 Salaries Per Sport
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Breaking Down the Top 2012 Salaries Per Sport

In comparison to the best value...

Sometimes the only way to comprehend just how much the top players in sports earn per year is to see it broken down into pieces. Our premium team took a look at the highest paid player for each major sport last season, expanded a list of money earned per major statistic, and compared that player to the arguable "best value" player of the year for that sport.

It's a bit of an unfair assessment to include Alex Rodriguez, having played only 122 games in 2012, but MLB contracts are 100% guaranteed, and A-Rod's 2012 salary stood atop the list regardless of playing time. We compare his earnings & statistical value to budding Angels star Mike Trout.
Top Salary
Alex Rodriguez (3B, NY Yankees)
2012 Salary: $30,000,000
Value per Statistic
$245,901 per Game (122)
$64,794 per At Bat (463)
$238,095 per Hit (126)
$30,000,000 per HR (1)
$526,315 per RBI (51)
Best Value
Mike Trout (OF, LA Angels)
2012 Salary: $480,000
Value per Statistic
$3,453 per Game (139)
$858 per At Bat (559)
$2,637 per Hit (182)
$16,000 per HR (30)
$5,783 per RBI (83)
In terms of NFL numbers in 2012, we're concerning ourselves with cash-earned - not necessarily just base salary or cap figure. Nobody came close to the $40 million Drew Brees was handed when putting pen to paper on his new $100 million deal with the Saints. We break down his earnings as they compare to Seattle's steal of a 3rd round pick in QB Russell Wilson.
Top Salary
Drew Brees (QB, New Orleans Saints)
2012 Cash Earned: $40,000,000
Value per Statistic
$2,500,000 per Game (16)
$94,786 per Completion (422)
$7,726 per Passing Yard (5,177)
$930,232 per Touchdown (43)
Best Value
Russell Wilson (QB, Seattle Seahawks)
2012 Cash Earned: $1,009,400
Value per Statistic
$63,087 per Game (16)
$4,005 per Completion (252)
$323 per Passing Yard (3,118)
$38,823 per Touchdown (26)
For years now Kobe Bryant has deservedly held the top spot on the NBA salary chart. Experts are hardpressed to find a reason statistically, or from a business standpoint to have it any other way with Kobe. He puts in the minutes, he works the boards, and he's even sharing the ball consistently these days. Our breakdown compares his statistics to those of Timberwolves oft-injured star Kevin Love.
Top Salary
Kobe Bryant (SG, Los Angeles Lakers)
2011-2012 Salary: $25,244,493
Value per Statistic
$435,209 per Game (58)
$11,310 per Minute (2,232)
$18,895 per Shot (1,336)
$43,979 per Field Goal (574)
$80,652 per Rebound (313)
$95,623 per Assist (264)
Best Value
Kevin Love (PF, Minnesota Timberwolves)
2011-2012 Salary: $4,609,704
Value per Statistic
$83,812 per Game (55)
$2,149 per Minute (2,105)
$4,352 per Shot (1059)
$9,725 per Field Goal (474)
$6,280 per Rebound (734)
$41,528 per Assist (111)
Richards was the focal player in the 2011-12 free agent market, and he cashed in big in the NYC market. His $12M base salary came with a $10M signing bonus for 2011-12. While statistically he brought a nice season to the Rangers, there continues to be much better value around the league. Our team selects Corey Perry as a viable comparison.
Top Salary
Brad Richards (C, New York Rangers)
2011-2012 Cash Earned: $32,000,000
Value per Statistic
$390,243 per Game (82)
$19,253 per Minute (1,662)
$1,280,000 per Goal (25)
$780,487 per Assist (41)
$139,737 per Shot (229)
Best Value
Corey Perry (RW, Anaheim Ducks)
2011-2012 Cash Earned: $5,375,000
Value per Statistic
$67,187 per Game (80)
$3,143 per Minute (1,710)
$145,270 per Goal (37)
$233,695 per Assist (23)
$19,404 per Shot (277)



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