2015 #dodgers .
Multiple luxury tax records: The Los Angeles Dodgers top the tax list. The team's owners owe MLB nearly $44 million for payroll payouts of around $300 million.
The $43.6 million tax amount itself is a record, earning it this week's By the Numbers honor.
But the Dodgers are not alone. As the ESPN graphic above shows, three other teams also were slapped with monetary fines this year for spending what the league powers-that-be consider too much on players.
This is the first time that four teams exceeded baseball's spending threshold.
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, who like the Dodgers are prior payers of the tax, faced MLB luxury levies again this year. The San Francisco Giants are first-time excess payroll offenders.
The Bronx Bombers' latest MLB tax bill is $26.1 million. The BoSox owe $1.8 million. The Giants must pony up $1.3 million.
Add in the Dodgers' due, and that makes MLB's 2015 luxury tax total take $72.8 million. That amount, too, is a record combined tax amount for a single season.
Three luxury tax records -- most paid by one team, number of teams taxed and overall tax total for the year -- is pretty darn impressive, even for a sport were Sabermetric figures dominate.
Leveling the leagues playing fields: In order to make sports leagues more mediocre competitive, the various leagues' powers that be have set up systems to limit how much teams can spend on players.
Theoretically, this will keep the rich, profligate owners from rounding up all the best players by giving them more money than the other teams can or are willing to pay.
With more equal salaries, so goes the BS dream argument, all the teams will be on a more level playing field, allowing for any team to win games and ultimately a league championship.
The two most common limiters are salary caps and luxury taxes.
MLB opted for a luxury tax, or as it's officially titled, the competitive balance tax. It imposes a penalty on a team when its total payroll exceeds a certain amount previously defined in the league's collective bargaining agreement with its players.
Sports' sin taxes: Essentially it's the sports world's equivalent of a sin tax.
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