While the 2016-2017 NBA season gets underway next week, AFP crunches the numbers behind the league's most popular basketball world and its rival sports of the United States:
- Money, money, money -
Better salaries in the National Basketball Association are among the highest in the world of team sports, Authentic Blackhawks Jersey, with LeBron James because of a little less than $ 31 million this season pocket after negotiating a new three-year contract in August 100 million $. The salary of James compares favorably with the National Football League, the most watched sport in the United States, where Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has the highest average salary at $ 24.6 million.
According to the site Spotrac, which collects data on player contracts and wages, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw draws the highest salary in Major League Baseball, earning $ 34.5 million in 2016.
Ice Hockey is lagging behind the big three American sports with the biggest star of the game, Canada's Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh International, earning about $ 10.9 million per year.
Elite NBA stars, meanwhile, are still kings generate dollars for approval, with James signing a sponsorship lifetime with Nike in December 2015, which should see him become a billionaire. Forbes magazine estimated in 2016 the approval profit of $ 54 million to James, while its total revenues were still reported to be less than the highest paid players in world football - Cristiano Ronaldo ($ 88 million) and Lionel Messi ($ 81.4 million).
- Drawing a crowd -
With a staggering 2430 regular season games, Major League Baseball attracted about 73.1 million through the turnstiles in 2016, an average of 30,168 per game. But in terms of average attendance, the National Football League continues to reign. With each team playing only 16 regular season games, the average crowds out at about 68,400 per game.
NBA meanwhile, played in smaller, inland rooms, attracted an average crowd of 17,481 a game in 2015-2016, a total of about 21.5 million fans.
By comparison, Europe's major football leagues resilient, with English Premier League attracting 13.8 million viewers in 2015-2016, an average of 36,451 per game.
- Traction Power -
The National Football League remains the juggernaut of television audience figures in the United States, with the average audience of 16.6 million per game against 7.3 million NBA game.
The gap in audience figures is even more striking when comparing the figures for the centerpiece opportunities for both sports - the Super Bowl and the NBA finals.
NBA Finals thriller last year between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors drew an average of 20.3 million viewers, with a peak audience of 31 million for the seventh and final game of the series won by the Cavs.
This year, the Super Bowl - a staple in the American sports landscape, which is similar to a national holiday - drew 111.9 million viewers.
The difference in number of viewing is reflected in the money each sport is able to require television rights. NFL earns around $ 7.2 billion a year through 2022 while the NBA will earn $ 2.7 billion per year until 2025 - a massive increase in his previous contract of $ 930 million per year.
Major League Baseball is a distant third at $ 1.5 billion per year (four million viewers per game) with the NHL gleaning $ 633 million (1.8 million viewers on average).
- Billionaire Club -
With its cavernous stages, giant TV contract and the overall traction power of the Super Bowl, the NFL remains the most valuable in the league American sports, according to Forbes.
The league is worth an estimated $ 74.8 billion in 2016, with each franchise valued at $ 2.3 billion. Discuss Blackhawks Game. Major League Baseball is right outside the NBA in terms of overall value to $ 38.6 billion ($ 1.3 billion per franchise) against $ 37.4 billion ($ 1.2 billion per team).
The NHL is overshadowed by his three rivals, with a total value estimated at $ 15.2 billion, $ 500 million per team.
According Forbers, the Dallas Cowboys are the most valuable team in world sport to $ 4.2 billion, ahead of Real Madrid ($ 3.65 billion) and Barcelona ($ 3.55 billion) the two titans of European football. The New York Yankees baseball team weigh to $ 3.4 billion with Manchester United, another commercial juggernaut, fifth to $ 3.32 billion. The New York Knicks are classified team of the NBA's most valuable at $ 3 billion.