I ran across some interesting numbers today in an Arkansas Gazette clipping from March, 1972.
Here are the average salaries in the major sports leagues at that time:
From left to right, you’re looking at the NFL, MLB, ABA (which rivaled the NBA in the late 1960s/early 1970s), NHL and NBA.
The article pertaining to this graph notes that rival leagues were a main reason NBA and NHL led the pack in average salaries:
The NHL hasn’t been able to keep pace in recent decades, as these December, 2011 numbers show:
|National Basketball League (NBA)||$5.2 Million|
|Major League Baseball (MLB)||$2.5 Million|
|National Football League (NFL)||$1.75 Million|
|National Hockey League (NHL)||$1.3 Million|