Basketball was the most-watched sport last year and has been for a number of years. In 2016, games averaged 1.5 million viewers per game across all media platforms– 10 times the viewership on average for most sports shown in America. Earning money from being a professional basketball player is not as simple as it looks– salary is very relative to what players have done in the NBA with teams paying more for players who have made “bigger moves” or “put up bigger numbers.”
On average a rookie will earn about $1 million/season and that will increase to around $4-8 million from their second contract on, depending their contract and the team they play for. What is interesting to note is that even though a rookie will make about $50k/game, this number increases to more than double in some cases when endorsements are factored in– players can earn anywhere from $20-30 million per year with advertising deals factoring into the average salary. What is a player’s salary in the NBA?
In basketball, it’s not uncommon for players to make an average of $4.9 million per year and top athletes can earn up close to $30 million like Kobe Bryant did in 2013/14 with the LA Lakers
It is true that this sport has many millionaires throughout all levels – whether they’re playing professionally or just lounging around at home watching games on TV!