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Questions tagged [finances]

Questions about financial information in sports. This includes compensation for professional athletes and other employees and revenue/expenses for sports organizations and teams.

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How are IPL players paid?

In the Indian Premier League, the players are auctioned to the different teams and their salaries depends on the auction amount. But who pays them, does the IPL administration pay them or do the team ...
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Why doesn't the MLB implement a salary cap?

I was reading an article in FiveThirtyEight a few months back which described the NBA as one of the most lopsided leagues in North America. By that it meant that the same teams tended to be successful,...
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How much does a referee/umpire earn in a year?

Is it possible to create an approximate draw with the earning of the referee in the most important sports(Soccer/Basketball/Volleyball/Tennis/Cricket etc.)?
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How does the rise in popularity of fantasy sports affect league ticket sales?

I've seen some guesswork on the web around the economic impact fantasy sports has had on tv viewership and general product sales. However, I can't find any hard research on what the effect on ticket ...
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Are football/soccer players paid for national team appearances?

I was reading this article today about the weird situation that came up with the Ghanian national team at the 2014 World Cup, and I realized that I'd never heard about other player's compensation when ...
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How does the NBA get paid by the networks for playoff games?

How does the NBA get paid by the networks for playoff games? Do they get more money the more games that are played?
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In what way do professional athletes (MLB, NHL, NFL, NBA) get paid?

I've always wondered how this worked. If a player is getting paid $5,000,000 a year, how do they get that salary? Do they receive it at the beginning of the season as a lump sum? Or do they receive ...
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How does UEFA spend its profits from broadcasting rights?

In light of the fact that anyone who wants to watch Euro 2012 games has to pay UEFA (either pay directly through pay-for-view, or pay indirectly though the cable company), I am interested in knowing ...
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Who benefits from FIA fees and fines?

Frequently we see fines being levied in Formula One (for example, for unsafe pit lane releases, a team or driver may receive a fine of several thousand dollars such as Mercedes earlier this year). I ...
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How can signings have undisclosed fees?

While reading about Gael Clichy during the Arsenal vs. Manchester City game, I noticed that he was signed from Arsenal for an undisclosed fee. As far as I understand Arsenal is a public limited ...
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Why would an NFL player under contract accept a cut in pay?

I understand why a star player might take a reduction in pay to ease the team's salary cap situation, allowing it to get better players to help the team win and get him more endorsements. However, ...
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Player insurance

Do professional sports teams around the world usually insure their players against injury so that if they lose the player's services, their salary is at least partially covered? If there is no ...
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What makes financial fair play fair?

My understanding of the financial fair play rule from UEFA is that clubs can't spend more money then they take in from ticket sales, sponsorships, media deals, etc. The goal being to prevent a super ...
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How do soccer broadcasts make money?

Being in the US, and a sports fan, it is impossible not to be aware of the huge amounts of money changing hands for sports teams be it the NFL, NBA, or MLB. I've always assumed these contracts are ...
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How much is the fine for arguing with an umpire?

How much is a player fined for arguing with an Umpire? I have heard that it is a percentage of their match fees. Are fines for captains different for such cases? Do umpires register allegations ...
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Why are the salaries of professional athletes so public?

Every major free agent signing ( at least in Baseball ) generates an enormous media buzz, and all details are completely available to whoever reads the paper. Why are the salaries of professional ...
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How much revenue does a team make for a playoff game?

Before the 2013 NBA playoffs, many people speculated that the Miami Heat would go 16-0 (e.g. sweep every series) en route to their 2nd straight title. As I watched the Miami Heat trounce the Indiana ...
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At what point does a player earn his prize money and points for getting to a certain stage in a tournament?

If a player pulls out of a match (eg. due to injury), do they still get the prize money and points for it? So say, player A has qualified for the australian open which has a prize money of 50k and ...
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Is premier league tv rights money divided among all 20 teams equally?

Premier League just signed a massive 3 year GBP 5.136 billion deal. Does the amount divided among the 20 premier league clubs equally ? or the teams who finish higher in the table get more money than ...
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Who benefits from Football Association Fines

The English Football Association, or FA, fine players and managers at all levels of the game for common infractions such as yellow & red cards. Occasionally players & managers may be ...
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Factors behind a player's transfer amount

The Transfer Window is ending for the English Premier League on the 31st of January and on the 2nd of February for the Spanish, Italian, German and French leagues. There is frantic activity by some ...
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Why do NFL (american football) right tackles make less than left tackles?

According to over the cap, the total value of the highest contract for left tackle is Tyron Smith at $97 Million a $13.2 million average per year. The highest right tackle contract is Layne Johnson, $...
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What exactly are player performance bonuses?

This term was brought up in another question. I know that players can receive signing bonuses etc. But can they receive performance bonuses in a salary capped league? To my knowledge, in the NHL for ...
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Do NBA players earn from their jersey sales?

Besides from their signature shoes, player jerseys are some of the most popular merchandise bought by fans. My question is, do players earn from the sales of replicas of their jerseys?
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Salary Cap and Bird's Rights

Let's say a team that is over the luxury tax trades away a player for whom they had Bird's Rights. They receive a player on a 1-year contract worth $7 million. This new player did not have Bird's ...
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How much does it costs teams to insure against player injury?

In 2008, the New York Yankees signed free agent CC Sabathia to a 7 year deal worth $161 million. At the time, Sabathia was coming off winning the Cy Young Award, and was brought in to be the team's ...
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Waived/Injured for non-guaranteed contracts before the season starts

If a player is injured in OTAs, minicamp, or training camp, and is waived/injured, is the team responsible for a negotiated amount of a non-guaranteed contract? So, if a player has a $5m non-...
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Has Hashim Amla's religion directly affected his finances or game?

I need to clarify the below two things about the former South African Test Captain Hashim Amla. He is being fined 500$ per month for not wearing Castle Logo in his jersey. He was fasting ...
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Why are the Celtics renouncing long-retired players?

I don't understand what this all means. On 9 July 2015, Eric Pincus tweeted this out: The Boston Celtics have renounced the rights to Shaquille O'Neal @BBallInsiders also Stephon Marbury, Michael ...
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Is it common among hobby-snooker-players to play for money?

Snooker is a very popular game in Great Britain and Ireland. Most Top-Players come from these Isles. Nearly 90% probably. I don't know the history of this sport, on TV it looks a bit elitist, fine ...
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Do team owners earn or spend money for their clubs?

Are there statistics that collect information about the cash flow of sports clubs? What I am wondering is, in general do the team owners have to spend money to manage the club, for passion (I hope), ...
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Is an NBA team ever allowed to pay an injured player less than his contract

I was wondering about this after some of the recent high-profile injuries, such as Paul George, and before that Derrick Rose. The reason is obvious, a team doesn't want to be paying a player millions ...
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Do minor league hockey teams pay their players?

How are minor league hockey teams financed? Does the team pay the players themselves, or are their contracts paid for by the NHL parent franchise? I recall that before the 1967 NHL expansion, Hall-...
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What is the difference between NFI and IR?

Lawrence Tynes was placed on the non-football injury (NFI) list by the Tampa Bay Buccanneers due to a staph infection he claims he got at their training facilities. They are paying his salary, but he ...
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Has a pro golfer ever worn a sports logo during a televised tournament?

Golfers on the pro tour will wear logos on their hats and clothes which undoubtedly yield them revenue in endorsement money. Has a golfer ever worn a college or pro sports logo on tour? Specifically ...
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In which professional sports league do players share the highest % of revenue?

In which American professional sports league do players share the highest % of league revenue? Any professional sports league is acceptable so long as most players rely on their participation as ...
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What factors contributed to Sochi 2014 being over-budget?

The budget for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia was originally $12 billion USD. However, due to "various factors," the amount spent is believed to be around $51 billion USD, which is the ...
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NHL players making less than NHL minimum?

I have looked up a few currently inactive NHL players, but who played at least 30 or more career games in the NHL. I am familiar with the hockey term "duster" and I've heard it thrown around, but I ...
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How much do IPL players get paid if they don't play all games in a season?

Two players in IPL 6 (2013), Ricky Ponting and Glen Maxwell, were bought in the player auction for large sums (Ponting close to half a million and Maxwell over 1 million dollars). Neither of these ...
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What does “dead money” mean when referred to in the NFL?

I always hear this used especially during the off season when players are being signed to a new contract or cut. I still don't understand the significance and usage so what does "dead money" mean when ...
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How can Real Madrid poach players from its near-peers?

Real Madrid is evidently in pursuit of such high profile players as Kylian Mbappe and Sadio Mane. Both those players are young and good...and valuable. Any world-class club would like to build around ...
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Why do NFL teams sign and waive players after one week?

I recently read a few things about American Football, especially of course the NFL. In the news I often read that players get signed and waived again after just one week or a comparable short amount ...
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Can MLB players negotiate their contracts downwards?

Consider the case where a player is signed to a contract and the amount he is due far exceeds his value. He no longer has a starting job on his team and would like to be traded, but other teams won't ...
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Which non-players in the NFL are the highest paid apart from the GM and head coach?

One of the things I learned from Michael Lewis's The Blind Side is that how much various parties get paid is a good window into their perceived value by their franchises (in the case of The Blind Side ...
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Why do countries start to build stadiums after getting elected to host FIFA World Cup?

I have observed this time again that a country starts building new stadiums whenever they are elected for hosting a FIFA World Cup. Why is that? Why don't they have sufficient stadiums already ...
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How much of a season must be played for it to count under an NBA pension?

To qualify for an NBA retirement pension you need to have played at least three seasons in the league. What is the last date a player can join a team during the season, and still get credit for that ...
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How does NBA players' salary increase during the playoffs?

In a sports column I was reading, the writer mentioned something about "win shares", that existed to provide a financial incentive to win games during the playoffs, especially since otherwise players ...
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How long and how much is each contract of the four main NBA on TNT hosts?

What is the length and amount of each of the following's contract with TNT? Charles Barkley Kenny Smith Ernie Johnson Shaquille O'Neal
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How does arbitration work in baseball?

First, my understanding is that they use professional labor arbitrators, not people with a strong specific knowledge of baseball. So "old" metrics, hits, runs, RBIs and ERAs count for more than on ...
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Do sport players have pension rights?

Do players have pension benefits or retirement plans? Unlike other employees, they can't work until the age of 65 and usually have a second career after they retire from their sport, generally before ...