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In pro sports, athletes in the 1% are getting most of the money now too

Two trends that have kept more than half the workers in the U.S. underpaid for years are affecting workers that we think of as extremely well paid: professional athletes.

The first is corporate culture creeping into some sports leagues when it comes to athletes’ salaries. When you compare the top 1% of earners in the U.S. to the rest of the country, there hasn’t been as much income inequality as we have today since 1928, according to Inequality.org, a project of the Institute for Policy Studies, a think tank based in Washington, D.C.

As The Ringer, a site that covers sports and pop culture, points out, something similar is happening in the National Football League.

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