The athlete with the biggest contract may surprise you (WGNO-TV)


Kennesaw State economics professor J.C. Bradbury discusses the big business of baseball

KENNESAW, Ga. (Mar 31, 2017) — If you had to guess which athlete in the world is signed to the biggest contract by his team, names like Cristiano Ronaldo, LeBron James and Tom Brady would likely to come to mind.

But none of the above can boast the 13-year, $325 million deal of Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.

“Baseball has a very effective union that has allowed its players more freedom to negotiate for these higher contracts,” explains J.C. Bradbury, professor of economics at Kennesaw State University, and author of “The Baseball Economist: The Real Game Exposed.”

“The way the luxury tax is applied, it only affects a few teams,” he adds.

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