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Description of the data topic Payrolls. This includes the definition as well as the coverage of the data topic or element on the site.
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Payroll data is available since 1988 though salaries data is available since 1985. The reason is that team payroll data was not available since 1985. It is not an aggregate of all team player salaries. It is a payroll value at a moment in time and that moment (opening day) was not captured.