Special Report

The Most Overpaid Athletes in Pro Sports


To determine the most overpaid athletes in pro sports, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed Sports Reference data on how NHL, NFL, NBA, and MLB athletes performed in the most recently completed regular season and compared that performance with their salary using data from Spotrac. Players who opted out, retired, or missed most or all of the season due to injury or illness were not considered.

To evaluate the overall quality of a player, we reviewed approximate value for NFL players, point shares for NHL players, win shares for NBA players, and wins above replacement for MLB players. To evaluate compensation, we reviewed each player’s salary cap hit in the NHL, NBA, and NFL. For the MLB, we reviewed payroll salaries.