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Episode 427: LeBron James Is Underpaid

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Episode 427: LeBron James Is Underpaid

Episode 427: LeBron James Is Underpaid

Episode 427: LeBron James Is Underpaid

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DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 20: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat at American Airlines Center on December 20, 2012 in Dallas, Texas.
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LeBron James, the best basketball player in the NBA, makes $17.5 million a year. He is the most underpaid professional athlete in the world today.

On today's show, we explain why LeBron is getting hosed — and why that's probably a good thing for NBA fans, team owners, other pro players, and even LeBron himself.

Music: Jay-Z's "Gotta Have It" and G. Love & Special Sauce's "Shooting Hoops." Find us: Twitter/ Facebook/ Spotify/ Tumblr. Download the Planet Money iPhone App.