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European Basketball Salaries

European Basketball Salaries

European Basketball Salaries

Basketball players moving to Europe might well be interested in European basketball salaries and how much they can earn for their sport moving abroad. Like all professions, European basketball salaries will obviously vary depending on multiple factors – the skill of the player, the team they’re playing for, the league that team plays in, negotiations and an element of luck. However as a general rule European basketball salaries are still lower than those in the US.

The reason European basketball salaries are lower is really to do with the popularity of the sport. While in the US basketball is widely watched and enjoyed, in Europe different sports are more successful such as football (soccer), cricket, rugby and tennis. Basketball in Europe then is more of a fringe sport not even shown on much television, and this is reflected by European basketball salaries. In most sports the high salaries of the players simply reflects the fact that there is a lot of money in the industry due to the large number of fans attending games, paying to watch them on television and buying merchandise etc. Quite simply there isn’t enough money in the sport for the European basketball salaries to be that high. As such players such as Lynn Greer and Anthony Parker were forced to come to the American NBA on salaries under 2 million USD as they couldn’t get that much from their European basketball salaries with any teams showing how much lower European basketball salaries are when compared to those in the US. As such the majority of highest paid European basketball stars move to the US to play for the NBA where they will experience higher salaries and more fame.

Saying that European basketball salaries are low is of course meaning low in comparison to the salaries in the US and salaries for other European sports. All sports are paid fairly highly in comparison to other professions and most European basketball salaries are still more than enough to live on comfortably.

European basketball salaries will also depend on the European country. In Russia for example the European basketball salaries in Russia are slightly higher as the teams have a slightly higher budget. The PBC CSKA (a Russian team known as the ‘Red Army’ which plays in the Eastern European VTD United League) for example pay some players European basketball salaries of around 4 million USD for a year which is higher than a lot of other European basketball salaries.

18 Comments so far

  1. Valerie   July 6, 2010 2:46 pm

    European basketball salaries are way lower than the american ones. It’s not only the popularity. It’s also about the skill of the players. America also has tradition in this sport.

    Anyway, can you give a number regarding the european basketball salaries?

  2. Johnee   July 8, 2010 3:15 pm

    European basketball salaries will always be lower than tha american basketball salaries. While basketball is very popular in america, soccer is more popular in europe. People pay more for football. However, this doesn’t mean that the european basketball salaries are low. Just lower than the in US. :D

  3. wingman   July 11, 2010 8:39 am

    europe can’t compare to usa, when talking about basketball. there are good european basketball players, but not good enuff. so it’s not that weird the european basketball salaries being lower than the ones from america. btw, what are the medium european basketball salaries? does anyone know?

  4. Melody   July 11, 2010 9:00 am

    The european basketball salaries are around $2000 – $3000 per month. At least that’s from what I have heard. Basketball is a great sport. But it’s not that well paid as football is. The european football salaries are enormous, compared to the european basketball salaries. Wow, huh?

  5. Navarone   July 18, 2010 4:13 am

    Basketball players are not that rich. So the european basketball salaries are not high. We can’t even compare to NBA.

    I hope the time when europe will compete US at basketball will come soon. Maybe some day, the european basketball salaries will be the same with the ones in america.

  6. Ralph   January 22, 2011 8:30 am

    I can not believe that in Russia they pay as much as 4 million a year to play basketball. That is a pretty good salary if you ask me. I could and would love to live on that. It is too bad that other European countries are not paying as well as the states are though.

  7. D-Rob12   January 25, 2011 10:35 pm

    Honestly, basketball is a big sport globally, but soccer is still bigger in Europe. So honestly, the difference is there as well. Also, I think that it doesn’t make a difference how much money you make there, because they make pretty good money still. It may not be NBA, but it’s good enough not to complain. Some people just want more for nothing. You see people in the NBA sitting on the bench getting paid a 30 million dollar salary just to sit on the bench, and eventually, get traded. So it goes to show that the game is different in that aspect as well. You aren’t getting 10 million on a European squad to sit the bench, and that’s for sure.

  8. Tx   February 17, 2011 3:57 am

    #7 “basketball is a big sport globally” lol

    Football (soccer in US) is the first sport. A data, Real Madrid (Spain) budget this year, 500 millions dollars.

  9. didi   March 5, 2011 8:11 am

    European Basketball salaries are smaller than other sports salaries. I don’t understand why, because all athletes make efforts.

    To me basketball is a great sport. I think that European basketball salaries should depend, of course, on the performance of each player. But there are a lot of great players, that haven’t appeared on the TV yet, even if they are very good at this sport. They just haven’t this chance.

  10. Louis   March 20, 2011 12:16 pm

    4 million dollars a year? I could just play one year and retire. I could not imagine being a European basketball star and making that kind of cash. Would sure be nice though.

  11. Aniela   April 3, 2011 4:11 am

    I’m not very interested in European basketball salaries. I don’t care how much they earn.
    Basketball is a sport I like. I actually practiced it in high school. But this doesn’t make me to be interested in European basketball salaries.

  12. Sandu   April 12, 2011 7:56 am

    I don’t know many things about European basketball salaries. Basketball is one of my favorite sports. When I was at high school I practiced it. I was very good, but I thought that this is not a good job. I thought well because from your article I understood that European basketball salaries are lower then other sports’ salaries.

  13. Jayden   August 25, 2011 11:06 am

    2 million dollars to play basketball and they complain? Try making under 30 grand a year. Then maybe you can complain. I know they work hard at playing basketball but come on. Quit complaining.

  14. Jessie Peters   September 10, 2011 11:48 am

    Complaining about making that kind of money makes me sick. I agree with Jayden. What if you only made 20 grand a year or less? Then you could say you deserve more.

  15. nuk   September 15, 2011 2:08 am

    In Lithuania league minimum is 1,5K euro a month. But two top team players earn from 10 to 100K euro per month. In richer basketball countries like greece/spain or turkey/russia players earn up to 500 K euro a month! so its makes them quite rich, of course we cannot compare with 20millions a year with NBA but 3-5 millions is quite good as well ;)

  16. Remus   December 27, 2011 9:13 am

    I wouldn’t mind 10.000 euros per month either

  17. dean   August 10, 2012 8:21 pm

    I quite like Basketball
    But after living in several countries on a few continents I have realized that Basket fans have this tendency to overrate the interest for the sport outside the U.S. I really doubt the sport has more then 10% of the number of supporters soccer has. I guess that explains the salaries for basketball players in Europe and elsewhere.

  18. Jimmy   March 7, 2013 7:28 pm

    Zalgiris recently agreed to pay Donnie McGrath a $25K per month salary, even thought the club has financial problems lately because of the collapse of main sponsor. Moreover, Donnie McGrath himself is not the most famous player nor in Lithuania, nor in Europe.

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