You're probably already skeptical. After all, aren't all professional athletes overpaid to some degree? But the fact that many of them make more in a day than many of us make in a year is completely irrelevant. We're not critical cogs in a multi-billion dollar business.
So you have to understand that when someone says an athlete is underpaid, it doesn't have anything to do with the fact that he has trouble paying his bills or putting food on the table. It means that they are making less than their market value based on production and value to their team. It's as simple as that.
Or maybe it isn't so simple? It actually took me awhile to really embrace and understand this concept. It would have been significantly easier and less research-intensive to put together a list of the most overpaid athletes. Singling out high-profile duds is child's play compared to identifying their more productive, underappreciated counter parts.
But I've done just that. Or at least I tried. Let's take a look at the 25 most underpaid athletes in professional sports.