In addition to the dominance of Barcelona and Real Madrid when it comes to rewarding their players , the report announced to the Global Sports Salaries Survey prepared by the consultancy firm Sporting Intelligence leaves us with a surprising headline: the Indian Premier League of cricket is the sport’s competition world that best pays its players for each game played.
Each player in this competition charges € 310,325 on average per game played , since 14 regular league games are played in the Indian Premier League . These figures considerably improve the average salaries of other competitions such as the NFL (its players earn an average of 156,340 euros for each of the 16 Regular League games) or the Premier League (88,934 euros for each of the 38 games). Other tournaments such as the NBA (81,385 euros each player would charge per game) or La Liga (65,452) are even further away from the average salary per game of an IPL player.
The IPL is a competition in which eight teams and a total of 128 players participate, which in the last year has registered an increase in the average salary per player in 2018 of 29.8% to stand at 4.3 million euros per year . The report points out that this rise is due to the new television rights agreement reached this year with Star India, which is estimated at 2,214 million euros for the rights of the matches for the next 5 years.
The Indian Premier League of Cricket is also characterized by the small difference between the salaries of the team that pays the best its players (the Kolkata Knight Riders, with an average of € 4.55 million) and the one that is the worst (the Chennai Super Kings, with 4.076 million euros on average), reducing the difference ratio between the highest paying club and the lowest paying club to 1.12 to 1 in 2018. A slightly better ratio than the NFL (1.38 to 1) and the NBA (1.98 to 1), and much better than the MLB (3.53 to 1), the Premier League (6.82 to 1) and LaLiga (19.1 to 1).
In addition, all the teams in the Indian Premier League appear in the Top-65 of the global ranking of teams that pay their players the best each year and in positions very close to each other. Kolkata Knight Riders appear in position 52 overall while Chennai Super Kings appear in position 64, at the level of clubs like the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks (54th), Inter Milan (62nd) and better than entities like AC Milan (65th), Tottenham Hotspur (66th), Borussia Dortmund (70th) and LaLiga teams Valencia (75th) and Sevilla (79th).