Sunday, January 14, 2007

I'm Such a Loser, Part CXXVII

The world's highest-earning sports stars
Below are the highest-earning athletes according to Forbes, in June 2006.

1 Tiger Woods (Golf) $90m

2 Michael Schumacher (Formula One) $58m

3 Phil Mickelson (Golf) $47m

4 Kobe Bryant (Basketball) $31m

5 (tied) Shaquille O'Neal (Basketball) $30m

5 (tied) Valentino Rossi (Moto GP) $30m

7 (tied) Tom Brady (American Football) $29m

7 (tied) Alex Rodriguez (Baseball) $29m

9 Carson Palmer (American Football) $28m

10 David Beckham (Football) $27m


I've never heard of Carson Palmer or Valentino Rossi; I'm stunned that Phil Mickelson is on this list, much less at #3.


Blogger Brit said...

Apparently Beckham's new deal will take him to no. 4, making him the highest paid team sports player in the world.

You yanks are crazy.

January 15, 2007 1:06 AM  
Blogger Duck said...

At least golfers have to earn their winnings tournament by tournament. Many of the tam players team players are signed to long-term contracts based on the promise of a few seasons or a college career, and then turn into high-paid millstones around the owner's neck.

Palmer is a decent quarterback with the Cincinnati Bengals, but is no Tom Brady. Team sports owners are high-stakes gamblers, they are all looking to buy a championship next season.

January 15, 2007 4:06 AM  
Blogger Brit said...

A large percentage of the earnings are from sponsorship deals - golf equipment, clothing, computer games etc

January 16, 2007 2:52 AM  

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