Taking into account both on and off court impact, I can’t think of another individual in sports who affects a franchise as much as LeBron, and apparently I am not the only one.
Recently the people over at CableTVblog.com complied an excellent infographic that illustrates LeBron’s impact on a team and provides proof that he is underpaid.
Some important points to take away from the image:
- LeBron James is the 13th highest paid player in the NBA. Players ahead of him include Gilbert Arenas, Brandon Roy, and Elton Brand.
- The year after gaining LeBron, the Miami Heat saw a 99% increase in their local TV ratings on Sun Sports Network.
- From 2010 (Before The Decision) to 2012 (After The Decision), the franchise value of the Miami Heat increased by $93 million (from $364 million to $457 million), while the Cleveland Cavs’ value dipped (from $476 million to $364 million).
Check it out below:
LeBron James Is Underpaid – An infographic by the team at CableTV.com