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Which sport makes professional athletes the most money? - Newark Sports

Which sport makes professional athletes the most money? - Newark Sports

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Do you know which sport makes professional athletes the most money? By that I mean the sport

Do you know which sport makes professional athletes the most money? By that I mean the sport

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 Which sport makes professional athletes the most money? -Newark Sports
Do you know which sport makes professional athletes the most money? By that I mean the sport thathas the highest number of players on the Forbes top 100 list of professional athletes who earn themost money.The sports league with the highest average salary is the NBA, where the average player makesaround $5 million in salary per year, but $5 million does not come close to getting a player on thelist of top 100 athletes who earn the most money. There are a number of NBA players on the list, butbasketball is not the sport that has the most number of players on the list.The list includes money earned from salary, bonuses and endorsements. In some sports, like golf andtennis, most of the highest earning athletes make far more money from endorsements than fromactual earnings on the court or golf course.I've listed the sports where professional athletes make the most money in reverse order, from last tofirst. Earnings on the list are from June of 2012 to June of 2013.Which sport makes professional athletes the most money?10. Track - 1Usain Bolt earned $24.2 million to take 40th place on the list of professional athletes who made themost money in 2013. Almost all of Usain Bolt's earnings, $24 out of $24.2 million, came fromendorsements.9. Cricket - 2Two cricket players, Mahendra Singh Dhoni ($31.5 millionfor 16th place), and Sachin Tendulkar ($22 million for 51stplace) make the list. Both cricket players made most of theirmoney from endorsements.8. Boxing - 3Floyd Mayweather ($34 million tie 14th place), MannyPacquiao ($34 million tie for 14th place), and WladimirKlitschko ($24 million for 41st), all make the list. Most of the money boxer's make comes from prizemoney, though Pacquio ($8 million) and Klitschko ($5 million) make pretty good money fromendorsements.7. Golf - 5Tiger Woods made the most money of any professional athlete on the list at $78.1 million ($65
million from endorsements). Phil Mickelson ($48.7 million for 7th), Rory McIlroy ($29.6 million for21st), Ernie Els ($19.5 million for 78th), and Brandt Snedeker ($19 million for 81st) also make thelist for five golfers. At 44, Ernie Els is the oldest player on the entire list. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Ernie Elsmade most of their money from endorsements, while Rory McIlroy was split about even from prizemoney and endorsements, and Brandt Snedeker made $17 million of his $19 million from prizemoney and bonuses.6. Tennis - 6Six tennis players, including the only three women on the list in Maria Sharapova ($29 million for22nd), Serena Williams ($20.5 million for 68th), and Li Na ($18.2 million for 85th), make the list. Thethree male tennis players are Roger Federer ($71.5 for 2nd), Novak Djokovic ($26.9 million for28th), and Rafael Nadal ($26.4 million for 30th). All six tennis players made most of their money from endorsements. Roger Federer is anendorsement machine, as he made $65 million that way in 2013, the same amount as Tiger Woods.5. Motor Racing - 8Four NASCAR drivers, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, and Jeff Gordon, made thelist. Three Formula 1 drivers, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, and Sebastian Vettel, made the list. And motorcycle racer Valentino Rossi also made the list.4. NFL - 13Thirteen NFL players made the list, with Drew Brees ($51 million for 5th) topping the list for NFLplayers. The top six NFL earners, Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Joe Flacco, Peyton Manning,and Tony Romo, are all quarterbacks.Seven of the 13 NFL players on the list are quarterbacks. The highest earning non-quarterback isCalvin Johnson ($26.3 million for 31st place). While most of the quarterbacks earn decentendorsement money, all the NFL players made more of their money from salary and bonuses.3. Soccer - 14Some people might be surprised that 14 soccer players made the list, but soccer is big business,especially in Europe. The popular soccer players like Cristiano Rinaldi and Lionel Messi get paid bigsalaries and also get big endorsement money.2. NBA - 21Led by Kobe Bryant ($61.9 million for 3rd) and LeBron James ($59.8 million for 4th), there are 21NBA basketball players on the list. That is the second most of any sport in the world.The economics of the NBA favor players making lots of money. That's because there are far fewerNBA players than there are players in most of the other major sports. So it's much harder to be anNBA player than a NFL player or a soccer player, so the NBA players make more money at the topthan all but one other sport.

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