USA TODAY lists individual players salaries for each
AFC team and its computerized analysis of NFL salary data
shows that 333 players earned $1M or more on a league-wide
payout in salaries and prorated bonuses of about $1.1B.
That number is down from 344 in '96. Starting players
averaged about $1.07M in average salary, while backups
earned an average of $325,000. USA TODAY will list NFC
player salaries tomorrow (USA TODAY, 6/23).
A WILD KINGDOM: The emergence of NASCAR as a major
player on the sports landscape is examined by Peter De Jonge
of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. De Jonge: "Nationally televised and
backed by name-brand corporations, Winston Cup competitions
have transformed the pastime and its moonshiner's roots into
one of the richest, fastest growing sports" (NG, 6/98).