Today it’s billionaires, not millionaires, who rule the upper echelon of business, entertainment and sports. But in simpler times, $1 million went a long way, and was exceedingly rare. Though most normal working stiffs never sniff a seven-figure annual salary even today, professional athletes, — especially in the “big four” top-tier leagues in the U.S. (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL) — have $1 million+ paychecks. In fact, the $1 million-per-year wage is on the low end of the collective pay scale
in these leagues, and has been for some time.