than baseball players or basketball players? Assume that the elite players transfer from a BIG CLUB to another BIG CLUB (not from South America to Europe). Here's my analysis. #1: REVENUE: The top 10 football clubs are earning a lot more than the top 10 baseball teams 1 EURO = $1.3 EXCHANGE RATE 1 (1) Real Madrid €292.2m €275.7m 2 (6) Barcelona 259.1 207.9 3 (4) Juventus 251.2 229.4 4 (2) Man United 242.6 246.4 5 (3) Milan 238.7 234.0 6 (5) Chelsea 221.0 220.8 7 (9) Inter 206.6 177.2 8 (7) Bayern M 204.7 189.5 9 (10) Arsenal 192.4 171.3 10 (8) Liverpool 176 181.2 #2 Transfer fee expense YEARLY for football clubs With the rare exceptions, baseball teams do not have a transfer fee expense. Average transfer expense per year (from 2001 to 2005). Chelsea: $83.7 million a year Real Madrid: $41.67 million a year Manchester United: $36 million a year Barcelona: $25 million a year AC Milan: $22 million a year How would the like of Yankees and Dodgers fare if they have a $40 million expense each year instead of ZERO? #3: Yearly salary for elite soccer players relative to elite baseball and basketball players MLB NBA Soccer Around $10-12 million for the elite players. Ballack and Henry are among the top 5 earners. #4: IF the elite soccer teams has no transfer expense, they would have $30-40 million EXTRA each year, what would they do with this money???? They likely use 60% or more of that to attract top talents. Thus, salary increases. p.s. This is not a popular topic because the thread is suggesting that elite football players who are earning WAY WAY TOO MUCH might be able to earn a lot more. However, this is for academic, the WHAT IF question. WHAT IF the elite soccer clubs have zero transfer expense and get all the players on free like American Big Four Leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL)? What would happen to the elite soccer players salary? Increase? Decrease? Stay the Same? If you don't want to discuss this, please stay away from this thread. Also, as an observer and researcher on this topic, I believe that transfer fee will be part of the game for many years to come. (unless all the elite players decided to sign an agreement to ALL go on a free transfer). So don't worry, they won't be earning 1.5 times their current salary anytime soon.