Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Contributions of Immigrants to Sports in the United States



Immigrant of the Day: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece), professional basketball player

Foreign-born athletes now comprise a record proportion of professional athletes in America, according to the National Foundation for American Policy, making up 23% of the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball rosters. “The average NBA player’s salary increased from $246,000 in 1982-83, when there were few foreign-born players, to $7.7 million in 2019-20, when 23% of the players were foreign-born, an increase in the average player salary of 1,254% from 1983 to 2020 (adjusted for inflation),” the report finds.

Asks Stuart Anderson in Forbes: “If it’s reasonable for the New York Yankees or Milwaukee Bucks to employ a foreign-born individual they believe to be best suited for a job, why is it wrong if a technology company does the same?”



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