The Miami Dolphins and Miami Heat share the same fan base in South Florida. Over the past few years, agony from football season -- the Dolphins haven’t made the playoffs since 2008 -- is usually washed away during basketball season, as the Heat have won back-to-back championships and three straight Eastern Conference titles.
But what is the annual cost for players on both teams? How much money is invested in big stars like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh for the Heat and Mike Wallace, Cameron Wake and Ryan Tannehill for the Dolphins?
ESPN The Magazine did an interesting piece Tuesday on money spent to run the world’s best sports franchises.
Here is a side-by-side comparison:
Only $10 million separated the Heat and Dolphins in terms of player spending. But it’s important to remember the Dolphins pay 52 players on their active roster annually, while the Heat have just 12 players.
Still, the Heat got much more bang for their buck as they try to go for three-straight NBA championships. The Heat consistently packs American Airlines Arena and is the hottest ticket in town. Meanwhile, the Dolphins struggle with attendance annually at Sun Life Stadium.
It proves the biggest remedy for sports fans is winning.