View Full Version : The 50 highest-earning American athletes - SI

Molon Labe
07-02-2009, 04:27 PM
Will you look at how much endorsements guys like Earnhardt and Tiger make above their salary!!:eek:

Linky (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/more/specials/fortunate50/2009/index.html)

Is the slumping economy finally affecting America's premier athletes? For the sixth consecutive year, Sports Illustrated has compiled a list of the 50 top-earning American athletes in salary, winnings, endorsements and appearance fees. And for the first time, the average earnings of those on the list fell -- down $1.5 million per athlete to $23.6 million.

That falloff is mostly due to lower earnings for No. 1 Tiger Woods and No. 2 Phil Mickelson, both of whom saw their on-course income shrink while also losing key endorsement deals. This year's list features 22 basketball players (a record nine who earned more than $20 million), 14 major leaguers, nine football players, three golfers and two NASCAR drivers.

Meanwhile, the average income of the athletes on our International 20 list of the top-earning non-American sportsmen hit an all-time high $29.5 million (up slightly from 2008), thanks to big gains by those in soccer and Formula 1 racing.

As we do every year, our findings consisted solely of salary, winnings, bonuses, endorsements and appearance fees. We consulted players' associations, tour records, agents and news reports. Our endorsement estimates came from Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing, other sports-marketing executives and analysts, and agents. Salary figures were based on current or most recently completed seasons (the upcoming '09 season for the NFL). For winnings-based sports (auto racing, golf, tennis), we used the '08 calendar year. Candidates for the U.S. 50 had to be American citizens and currently active in their sports. For an in-depth analysis of who made the 2009 Fortunate 50 and why

07-02-2009, 08:43 PM
Yeah but, can YOU make a 10 foot putt to win a major? :D

Bubba Dawg
07-03-2009, 12:14 AM
I really don't mind athletes or entertainers making a lot of money. I figure they also generate a lot of revenue for sponsors or networks or studios/networks or whomever.

Do I think they are worth what they are paid? Probably not, but it's like the value of baseball cards.....is a rookie card of a major star really worth what the price may be?

It is worth what the market will bear.....

What is it worth to me? Prolly I'm the only one who cares.

Interesting story though.....