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Highest sports salary single season average

The highest average player salaries of the major team sports, based on multiyear packages:

Major League Baseball

Alex Rodriguez, N.Y. Yankees, $27.5 million (package: $275 million, 10 years, 2008-17).

Alex Rodriguez, Texas Rangers, $25.2 million (package: $252 million, 10 years, 2001-2010).

National Basketball Association

Shaquille O'Neal, Los Angeles Lakers, $25.3 million (package: $152 million, six years (2000-2006).

Shaquille O'Neal, Miami Heat, $20 million (package: $100 million, five-year (2005-2010).

National Football League

NFL — Eli Manning, New York Giants, $15.3 million (package: $97 million, six years, 2009-2014).

Michael Vick, Atlanta Falcons, $13 million (package: $130 million, 10 years, 2004-2013).

National Hockey League

NHL — Jaromir Jagr, Washington Capitals, $11 million, (package: $88 million, 8 years, 2001-09).

Alexei Yashin, New York Islanders, $8.75 million (package: $87.5 million, 10 years, 2001-2010).