LeBron James is a generational basketball player.
When it’s all said and done, he will likely be in the same conversation as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant and the other all-time greats.
So how do you compensate the elite?
It’s hard to figure out. And it looks like the Heat has gotten it wrong. Very, very, very wrong.
Thankfully, the good folks at CableTV.com sent over some startling stats and a fancy infographic outlining the economic impact (positive and negative) of LeBron to his teams in Cleveland and Miami.
- 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 the 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).
LeBron James Is Underpaid – An infographic by the team at CableTV.com