Barcelona and Real Madrid have overtaken the New York Yankees as the best-paid global sports teams, according to a British study. The review published Wednesday showed annual average pay during the 2009-10 season was $7.9 million at Barcelona (team picture at right), and $7.4 million at Real Madrid. The Yankees are paying their players an average of $6.8 million this season. The team last year topped the review which is compiled by www.sportingintelligence.com and is being published by ESPN The Magazine. The NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic occupy the fourth and fifth spots, followed by English Premier League champion Chelsea.
– Associated Press