# MLB Year by Year Total Annual Payroll

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**Description**:

Year by year total annual payroll for Major League Baseball.

**Data:**

http://www.nsf.gov/about/congress/112/highlights/cu11_0523.jsp

http://www.baseball-databank.org/

**Analysis:**

The entire yearly budget for the National Science Foundation is currently set at $6.8 billion. By the year 2048, the total annual payroll for Major League Baseball will eclipse that, assuming that the NSF budget remains the same.

**Questions**:

- Can MLB keep up this pace?
- Are the other professional sports leagues increasing at the same rate?
- The MLB payroll appears cyclical – is it due for an uptick?

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