As the 2012 NBA Finals are about to bring an end to another NBA season, HowToMBA.com takes a look at the larger picture of business and basketball. The intersection between business and the basketball court is undeniable. While the NBA may not be the most popular major sports league in the country, it is driven by its players more than any other league.
Kevin Durant and LeBron James dominate the court, but how do they compare to business leaders like Phil Knight and Tim Cook? And how do the top two MBA schools in the world pair up versus the top two basketball teams?
This relationship between the hardwood and the boardroom allows for some great comparisons between NBA players and some of the highest earning executives. With NBA players as the highest earning professional athletes, making an average of $5.15 million a season, some of the highest paid CEOs in the world who hold an MBA from the world’s top business schools, take home over $25 million a year.
To take a closer look into this interaction, check out the infographic below to see stats on MBA executives and business schools in comparison to the stars and teams of this year’s Finals.
Jeff Herbst works in inbound marketing at 2tor, Inc a company that partners with prestigious universities to help deliver their graduate programs online. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys writing about how the sporting and business worlds collide. You can follow with him on Twitter, @jwherbst.