Discusses dramatic increase in salaries. Focus on team sports. Issues of owner exploitation of players, whether or not athletes deserve their high salaries. Superstar strategies. How team owners deal with higher costs. Impact on consumers. Behavior of leagues and teams. How player unions and free agents have contributed to problems caused by higher salaries.
Sports salaries increased dramatically during the last 25 years of the twentieth century, with athletes in the major American sports... more
Sports salaries increased dramatically during the last 25 years of the twentieth century, with athletes in the major American sports making considerably more than those who came before. Team sports have received the most attention with regard to salary, since there is much attention paid to the negotiations between owners and players, and team sports garner significant audiences both in arenas or stadiums as well as on television. But other sports, including golf, tennis and auto racing, have also seen dramatic increases in their prize money, as well. This research focuses on team sports, however, as there have been more studies about salaries in this segment of the athletic industry.
Traditionally, salaries in team sports have been portrayed as a contest between the l