What Sport Pays the Highest Salary?

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As of 2014, National Basketball Association players received the highest average salary among the four major American sports. NBA players averaged $4.5 million per year. In America, the next-highest paid athletes played Major League Baseball and averaged $3.9 million a year.

Even among all of the world's sports, the NBA still ranks highest in player salaries, as of 2014. Internationally, players in the Indian Premier League, which is a cricket league played in India, averaged the second-highest salary, making $4.2 million annually. Players in the English Premier League, a soccer league based out of the United Kingdom, also had notably high salaries that average $3.5 million annually.