1. New York Yankees — Major League Baseball (USA) — $7,000,000
Critics say the Yankees buy championships. Yet the 2009 World Series title was the team’s first since 2000, despite the fact that George Steinbrenner’s crew has outspent other Major League teams every year since then. The gap between the Yankees payroll and that of the second-highest MLB team (appx. $70 million) was more than the total payroll of 11 other clubs.