By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Lebron James won his third MVP award this season, the NBA Finals MVP, and won his first championship Thursday night in Miami. He’s not only the most valuable player in the NBA, he may be the most valuable player in all of team sports. He may also be the best value.
Including the NBA, NHL, MLB, NFL and soccer (around the world), there are 52 athletes making more money than Lebron James. James base salary this season was $16,022,500 (salary if the NBA had played a full 82 game season).
The top ten includes four soccer players, one NBA player, and five MLB players. There were 15 players in the NBA who earned more than James this year, including Rashard Lewis and Gilbert Arenas.