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Rams’ Jared Goff Signs Historic 4-Year, $134 Million Extension

Ezekiel Elliott Signs six-year contract extension $90 Million Extension, Ending long Holdout

NEW YORK — At times, Jasson Dominguez’s jaw-dropping baseball talent had stunned even the most seasoned Yankees’ evaluators.

Basketball star Ben Simmons back flips on his commitment to the Australian national team - as he negotiates a whopping $240m NBA contract

Aaron Hicks New York Yankees contract $70 million over 7 years

Sources: Bengals give WR Boyd $43M extension

The Raiders acquired the seven-time Pro Bowl selection WR Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers in a trade in March and later signed him to a three-year, $50,125,000 contract. (so far he hasn't played yet because of a disagreement over his helmet)

Top 10 free-agent contracts by average annual value

“It was a bit shocking and very impressive,’’ Yankees international scouting director Donny Rowland said of watching “an elite level’’ athlete from the Dominican Republic with such a massive ceiling.

And he’s still only 16 years old.

“He’s the kind of player that kind of makes the hair on your arm stand up,’’ Rowland said on Tuesday, after the Yankees officially announced the signing of their top international target.

Dominguez received a record $5.1 million signing bonus, surpassing the Yankees' previous record of $3.2 million.

I don't think there is anywhere that the absurd, overly paid salaries are more evident than in sports. The salaries that are paid to baseball, basketball, football, soccer and hockey players is down right ludricous. It is just a game that has no real value or contribution to society other than a diversion from the every day tedium and for betting. Here is a list of salaries for the major sports. How can any one justify these? It is mind blowing to think that someone is worth that much money to play.

Here are two key figures to keep in mind when looking at these salaries.  In 2017, the latest release, the median household income is $61,372. The minimum salary for an MLB player is $555,000.

Top Ten Highest Paid Baseball Players

Joe Buck Sports annnouncer $6M

July 2, 2019 the start of the international signing period

These are baseball players from Latin American countries who probably don't even speak English, yet are being offered millions to play on an American baseball team. Go figure!

Top 10 Prospects:

  • 1) Jasson Dominguez, OF, Dominican Republic -- Yankees ($5,100,000) #
  • 2) Robert Puason, SS, Dominican Republic -- Athletics ($5,100,000) #
  • 3) Bayron Lora, OF, Dominican Republic -- Rangers ($4,200,000)
  • 4) Luis Rodriguez, OF, Venezuela -- Dodgers ($2,667,500)
  • 5) Erick Pena, OF, Dominican Republic -- Royals ($3,800,000) #
  • 6) Ronnier Quintero, C, Dominican Republic -- Cubs ($2,900,000)
  • 7) Yiddi Cappe, SS, Cuba market be determined
  • 8) Emmanuel Rodriguez, OF, Dominican Republic -- Twins ($2,500,000)
  • 9) Arol Vera, SS, Venezuela -- Angels ($2,000,000)
  • 10) Jose Salas, SS, Venezuela -- Marlins ($2,800,000) # 
  • # Indicates signing is official

    The 24 highest-paid players in the NBA for the 2018-19 season

    Keep in mind that many of these players have multi year contracts and some even have salaries that go up each year.

    • Stephen Curry — $37.5 million
    • LeBron James — $35.7 million
    • Russell Westbrook — $35.7 million
    • Chris Paul — $35.7 million
    • Blake Griffin — $31.9 million
    • Gordon Hayward — $31.2 million
    • Kyle Lowry — $31 million
    • Paul George — $30.6 million
    • Mike Conley — $30.5 million
    • James Harden — $30.4 million
    • Kevin Durant — $30 million
    • Paul Millsap — $29.2 million
    • Al Horford — $28.9 million
    • Damian Lillard — $28 million
    • DeMar DeRozan — $27.7 million
    • Otto Porter Jr. — $26 million
    • C.J. McCollum — $25.8 million
    • Andrew Wiggins — $25.5 million
    • Joel Embiid — $25.5 million
    • Anthony Davis — $25.43 million
    • Andre Drummond — $25.43 million
    • Hassan Whiteside — $25.43 million
    • Bradley Beal — $25.43 million
    • Jrue Holiday — $25.40 million

    The 12 highest-paid soccer players in the world

    • Lionel Messi - $80 million
    • Cristiano Ronaldo - $64 million
    • Neymar - $35 million
    • Paul Pogba - $33 million
    • Andres Iniesta - $32.5 million
    • Alexis Sánchez - $30.8 million
    • Kylian Mbappe - $30.6 million
    • Mesut Ozil - $30.2 million
    • Oscar - $29 million
    • Antoine Griezmann - $27.7 million
    • Gareth Bale - $27.1 million
    • Mohamed Salah - $25.1 million

    The 15 Highest-Paid NFL Players Heading into the 2019 Season

    • Russell Wilson, $35 million
    • Aaron Rodgers, $33.5 million
    • Matt Ryan, $30 million
    • Kirk Cousins, $28 million
    • Jimmy Garoppolo, $27.5 million
    • Matthew Stafford, $27 million
    • Andrew Luck, $25.5 million
    • Derek Carr, $25 million (TIE)
    • Drew Brees, $25 million (TIE)
    • Khalil Mack, $23.5 million (TIE)
    • Alex Smith, $23.5 million (TIE)
    • Aaron Donald, $22.5 million
    • Joe Flacco, $22.13 million
    • Nick Foles, $22 million
    • Ben Roethlisberger, $21.85 million

    The 24 Highest-Paid NHL Players Heading in 2019 Season

    • John Tavares $15.9 million
    • Carey Price $15 million
    • Connor McDavid $15 million
    • Jamie Benn $13 million
    • Anze Kopitar $12 million
    • Patrick Kane $12 million
    • Jonathan Toews $12 million
    • John Carlson $12 million
    • Sidney Crosby $10 million
    • Alex Ovechkin $10 million
    • Evgeny Kuznetsov $10 million
    • Brent Burns $10 million
    • P.K. Subban $10 million
    • Jack Eichel $10 million
    • Evgeni Malkin $9.5 million
    • Steven Stamkos $9.5 million
    • Jakub Voracek $9.25 million
    • Corey Perry $9 million
    • Leon Draisaitl $9 million
    • Claude Giroux $9 million
    • Evander Kane $9 million
    • Zach Parise $9 million
    • Ryan Suter $9 million
    • Brent Seabrook $9 million

    Nascar's Highest-Paid Drivers 2019

    • Jimmie Johnson Salary/winnings: $14 million
    • Kyle Busch Salary/winnings: $13.8 million
    • Denny Hamlin Salary/winnings: $12.7 million
    • Kevin Harvick Salary/winnings: $11.6 million
    • Joey Logano Salary/winnings: $9.6 million
    • Brad Keselowski Salary/winnings: $9.2 million
    • Chase Elliott Salary/winnings: $7.5 million
    • Kyle Larson Salary/winnings: $8 million
    • Martin Truex Salary/winnings: $7.3 million
    • Clint Bowyer Salary/winnings: $6.6 million

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