Sports Illustrated 50 highest-earning athletes in the U.S.
sports illustrated 50 highest-earning athletes in the U.S.Â ……. tiger …. kobe …… lebron james ….
Last Year’s Rank: 1
With close to $800 million in total earnings on and off the course over his 13-year career, Tiger should become the first billion-dollar athlete in the next two years — and he’s still only 32. See Tiger’s sponsors.
Last Year’s Rank: 3
Lefty’s numbers jump thanks to an extra $2 million in FedEx Cup points in ’07 and lucrative appearance fees for his first participation on the Asian Tour in Singapore and Shanghai. See Phil’s sponsors.
Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
Last Year’s Rank: 6
King James has earned $167 million during his five seasons in the NBA, and has his eyes on serious entrepreneurship: He counts billionaire Warren Buffett as a role model and friend.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Last Year’s Rank: 21
It’s been a monster year for Pretty Boy, who made $20 million in purse and pay-per-view shares for his fight with Ricky Hatton and another $20 million for his foray into professional wrestling.
Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)
Last Year’s Rank: 5
How’s that for a change of tune? He once criticized his teammates; last month Bryant bought each of them $9,000 Swiss watches as a thank you for helping him win his first MVP award.
Phoenix Suns (NBA)
Last Year’s Rank: 4
Shaq finally unloaded his 2.5-acre Miami estate last fall after having it on the market for more than two years. The buyer? Miami-native (and No. 7) A-Rod, for a reported $27 million.
New York Yankees (MLB)
Last Year’s Rank: 11
Assuming A-Rod plays out his new mammoth 10-year, $275 million deal, he’ll have earned $445 million in base salary alone over the course of what would be a 24-year career.
Boston Celtics (NBA)
Last Year’s Rank: 7
KG is the highest-paid of the Celtics’ Big Three; at a total of $56.1 million in salary this season, the trio makes up 74 percent of the Eastern Conference champs’ entire payroll in ’07-08.
Indianapolis Colts (NFL)
Last Year’s Rank: 12
Hide the Lombardi Trophy. Football’s leading endorser is still king of NFL pitchmen, but little bro Eli — with whom he now regularly shares screen time in TV ads — is creeping up fast.
New York Yankees (MLB)
Last Year’s Rank: 8
The Yankee captain cut a deal with the tax man in February that allowed him to avoid paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes on his $13 million Trump World Tower condo.
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