Top 15 Sports Organizations with the Best 401k Plans

BrightScope is pleased to announce the Top 15 organizations in the sports industry with the highest ranked 401k plans containing more than $25 million in assets. This is the sixth list in a new series where BrightScope highlights the strongest plans within leading industries across the nation.

“It’s easy to see our favorite athletes and sports teams on television and not relate to them as employees of their respective organizations with retirement plans, just like you and me,” said Brooks Herman, Head of Data and Research for BrightScope. “However, saving for the future is still very important even for members of public and popular organizations like these. We recognize these high quality plans to inspire other companies to put more effort into improving the quality of their plans in order to provide a winning financial future to employees.”

Key statistics found on the list of sports organizations with the best 401k plans:

  • Average account balance for plans listed is $91,933
  • 88.89% is the average participation rate for plans on the list
  • Average company generosity for plans listed is $8,343; the median is $1,910
  • Average salary deferral for plans listed is $6,784; the median is $5,467

Top 15 sports organizations with the highest ranked 401k plan containing more than $25 million in assets:



Plan Name

BrightScope Rating

1 National Basketball Association NBA-NBPA 401K Savings Plan 91.91
2 United States Member Clubs of the National Hockey League National Hockey League Pension Plan for Players of United States Member Clubs 90.46
3 Pension Committee of MLB Players Benefit Plan Major League Baseball Players Investment Plan 90.00
4 Board of Trustees of the National Hockey League Players’ Pension Plan National Hockey League Players’ Pension Plan 87.25
5 Savings Board of the NFL Player Second Career Savings Plan NFL Player Second Career Savings Plan 83.36
6 National Basketball Association NBA Retirement Plan 81.52
7 Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner Major League Baseball 401(k) Plan and Trust 80.91
8 National Football League NFL Pension Plan 76.48
9 National Hockey League National Hockey League Savings Plan for National Hockey League/NHL Enterprises Employees 76.47
10 National Football League The National Football League Capital Accumulation Plan 71.75
11 Joe Gibbs Racing, Inc. Joe Gibbs Racing 401(k) Savings Plan 69.60
12 Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Speedway Motorsports, Inc. 401(k) Plan and Trust 64.55
13 Penske Racing South, Inc. Performance Group 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan 63.59
14 Anschutz Entertainment Group, Inc. Anschutz Entertainment Group, Inc. 401(k) Plan 61.91
15 New York Racing Association, Inc. The 401(k) Plan of the New York Racing Association, Inc. 59.72

BrightScope’s 401k plan Rating was developed by BrightScope, Inc. with the help of leading academics and independent 401k fiduciaries. Analyzing more than 200 individual data points, the BrightScope Rating algorithm can calculate a single numerical score for each 401k plan in the country. The data points examined cover broad categories such as total plan cost, company generosity and investment menu quality.

BrightScope has rated nearly 50,000 401k plans, spanning more than 30 million workers and over $2 trillion in assets. Industry adoption of the BrightScope Rating will lead to more cost-effective plans, increased participation rates, higher employee satisfaction and better outcomes for the 60 million employees who depend on their 401k plan for retirement.

*DISCLAIMER: Ratings continually change as data is updated over time. Ratings should be viewed as a “snapshot in time.” To view current ratings information for a given plan click to view the company’s plan page. The rating on the plan page may not match the rating at the time of the release of the rankings.