As basketball players represent a population with an inherently high risk of sustaining meniscal injuries, studying how basketball play can lead to changes in the meniscus is of clinical importance. To date, no studies have been performed to evaluate T2* values of the meniscus in high performance athletes. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to utilize ultra-short TE (UTE) MRI to compare meniscal T2* values between basketball players and swimmers. Significant differences of T2* values were found between the medial and lateral menisci. No significant difference of meniscal T2* values were found between basketball players and swimmers.