Which Professional Sport Makes the Most Money?

A look at the top five professional sports leagues in the world based on revenue.

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Sports are a big business. In the United States, the four major professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL) bring in a combined total of over $20 billion in revenue each year. But which one of these leagues makes the most money?

According to Forbes magazine, the NBA is the most profitable professional sports league in the world, with an estimated value of $30 billion. The NFL comes in a close second, with an estimated value of $27 billion. Major League Baseball is third, with an estimated value of $19 billion, followed by the NHL, with an estimated value of $6 billion.

So there you have it: the NBA is the most profitable professional sports league in the world.


Since the average career in the NFL is just 3.3 years, players need to maximize their earnings while they can. The minimum salary in the NFL is $585,000 per year, and the average salary is $2.1 million. The median salary (at which half of players earn more and half earn less) is $860,000 per year. However, the top 25 percent of earners make an average of $3 million or more per year, and the top 10 percent make an average of $4.5 million or more per year. The highest-paid player in the NFL is Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who makes an annual salary of $27 million.


The four major professional sports leagues in the United States are the National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the National Hockey League (NHL). Of these, MLB has the highest average salary per player, at $4.38 million. This is followed by the NBA ($4.07 million), the NHL ($2.92 million), and finally, the NFL ($2.36 million).


The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a men’s professional basketball league in North America, composed of 30 teams. It is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. NBA players are the world’s best paid athletes by average annual salary per player.

Since 1974, the NBA has used a draft lottery to determine who will get the first overall pick in the annual NBA draft. The team with the worst record in the previous season picks first, and so on. In recent years, the trend has been for successful teams to keep their core players together and augment their rosters with cheaper role players.

The collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and its players expires in June 2021, and both sides are gearing up for a fight over how to split revenue. The players want a substantially larger share than they currently receive (50%), while the owners have offered only a small increase (53%).


As of 2019, the average NHL team is worth $630 million, up 13% from $563 million last year. The New York Rangers are once again the most valuable team in the NHL, worth an estimated $1.65 billion. The least valuable team in the NHL is the Arizona Coyotes, who are worth an estimated $180 million.

NHL teams generate revenue from several sources, including ticket sales, broadcast rights fees, sponsorship deals, and arena naming rights. In 2018, the average NHL team generated $103 million in ticket revenue and $53 million in broadcast rights fees. The Tampa Bay Lightning generated the most revenue from ticket sales ($56 million) and broadcast rights fees ($45 million) during the 2018-19 season.


In conclusion, it is evident that professional athletes in a variety of sports can earn a significant amount of money. The sport that an athlete plays does not necessarily dictate their earnings, as there are a number of factors that can contribute to an athlete’s salary. However, it is clear that some professional sports do offer higher salaries than others. Baseball, basketball, and football players tend to earn the most money, while golfers and tennis players earn less.

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