Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Top 50 Paid Athletes...

This is an old list, but still interesting. Total salaries are about $1.3 billion. Surprising thing to me is how little top NFL stars make in relation to basketball players or golfers, since the NFL is far and away the most popular sport in America, and I suspect this is true even in corporate boardrooms. There were no NFL players in the top 8, and only two in the top 20.

Other surprise is how much the top golfers get in endorsements, although given the demographic who follows golf, perhaps it shouldn't be surprising. Given that the playing lifetime for golfers is longer, however, it wouldn't be difficult for Tiger to be the richest man in the world if he wanted to... I wonder how much of this is owed to the fact that, before the scandal, Tiger was popular everywhere whereas Peyton Manning is very popular in Indianapolis but decidedly less popular in New England, Jacksonville, or Houston...


  1. There's a lot of players in football too- less money to go around even if there's more eyeballs watching ads.

    Golf players also have high incomes. Tiger benefits from having mass appeal on top of that. The scandal will not matter at in the future (if it does at all now) and he'll be back to earning what he did before.

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