In the midst of all my (largely futile) research on the NBA Collective Bargaining agreement and general finances, I compiled a lot of data. Part of that was capturing all of the player salary information for the Indiana Pacers that Basketball-Reference.com had available.
Still working on what to do with the info I have – and how to fill the holes of what I don’t have -but I thought following visual of Pacer Annual Player Salaries was interesting.
Over this time frame, this shows that the Pacers have paid out about a billion dollars in salaries. The lowest year (1986) was less than $4 million, while the peak (2006) was almost $78 million. Last year’s payroll represented over a 1600% increase over the 1986 numbers. (The median family income during that time increased by about 70%.)
So, now you know that.
Yeah, didn’t do me much good, either.