Professional sports salaries influence our hurt economy

San Diego Padres stupid hat

Maybe part of America’s economic problems is related to the rising salaries of professional sports players. Their salaries are completely wacked. Thus high-level execs of companies feel like they should be making lots of money too. Thus the average worker gets screwed because executives take on higher salaries. It’s not the complete cause, it’s just an effect; but I’m betting it’s an underestimated effect.

Thus I will now become a fan of whichever baseball team has the lowest salary. Let’s see. Who is it? The San Diego Padres. I am now a Padres fan.

New York Yankees . . . . $197,962,289 

Philadelphia Phillies . .$174,538,938

Boston Red Sox . . . . . $173,186,617

Los Angeles Angels . . . $154,485,166

Detroit Tigers . . . . . $132,300,000

Texas Rangers . . . . . $120,510,974

Miami Marlins . . . . . $118,078,000

San Francisco Giants . . $117,620,683

St. Louis Cardinals . . .$110,300,862

Milwaukee Brewers . . . . $97,653,944

Chicago White Sox . . . . $96,919,500

Los Angeles Dodgers . . . $95,143,575

Minnesota Twins . . . . . $94,085,000

New York Mets . . . . . . $93,353,983

Chicago Cubs . . . . . . $88,197,033

Atlanta Braves . . . . . $83,309,942

Cincinnati Reds . . . . . $82,203,616

Seattle Mariners . . . . .$81,978,100

Baltimore Orioles . . . . $81,428,999

Washington Nationals . . .$81,336,143

Cleveland Indians . . . . $78,430,300

Colorado Rockies . . . . .$78,069,571

Toronto Blue Jays . . . . $75,489,200

Arizona Diamondbacks . . .$74,284,833

Tampa Bay Rays . . . . . $64,173,500

Pittsburgh Pirates . . . .$63,431,999

Kansas City Royals . . . .$60,916,225

Houston Astros . . . . . $60,651,000

Oakland Athletics . . . . $55,372,500

San Diego Padres . . . . .$55,244,700

* source: USATODAY Salaries Database

That also means in other sports I’m now a fan of the Washington Wizards, New York Islanders, and Chivas USA (soccer). Doesn’t the NFL have a flat salary cap now? $120.6 million in 2012.

I will use this same salary system to decide who to root for when I watch the MLB playoffs in October.

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