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Highest-paid players in major American team sports

Show me the money

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez
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In the world of professional sports, few things strike a nerve with fans and the media as player salaries do. When an elite player signs a big-money free-agent deal, it adds another level of pressure to deliver immediate results and raises expectations on the entire team to bring home a championship.

We looked at the five major sports leagues in America and found the highest-paid player for the current 2013 or upcoming 2013-14 season.

By Brian Beers, CNBC senior producer
Updated 5 Aug. 2013
Originally posted 2 Aug. 2013

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