Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the highest-earning athlete in American sports for the second straight year after earning $90 million dollars – and perched in front of the likes of LeBron James ($65 million), Drew Brees ($47.8 million), Kobe Bryant ($47 million) and Tiger Woods ($40.8 million). The top 50 include 25 baseball players, 13 basketball players and eight football players, with no female athletes for the fifth consecutive year and earnings including salary, winnings and endorsements. Head over to Sports Illustrated to see the list in its entirety.
The annual listing by Sports Illustrated and Fortune of the top 50 highest paid athletes in American sports includes a pair of Detroit Tigers. Making the “Fortunate 50” list areMiguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander.
To be eligible, an athlete must be a U.S. citizen or play in a U.S. based league. Compensation was calculated by using (pre-tax) salary, winnings, bonuses and paid endorsements.
Cabrera is the top Tiger, ranked 35th overall in salary, moving up one slot from 2013.
Endorsements: $800,000 (New Balance, Chrysler)
Total Earnings: $22,800,000
Verlander sneaks onto the list as the 48th highest paid American athlete, dropping ten spots from last year.
Endorsements: $700,000 (Majestic, Chevrolet)
Total Earnings: $20,700,000
The list was dominated by MLB, baseball players taking 20 of the 50 slots. The highest paid player in MLB this season is Zack Greinke, 15th overall thanks to $28,000,000 in salary. The list of top earning baseball players has a few surprises, as long-term deals tend to be crapshoots. The worst example is Vernon Wells. Even though he’s currently out of baseball, Wells is still raking in an absurd amount of cash.
1. (15) Zack Greinke, $28M
2. (17) Robinson Cano, $27M
3. (18) Ryan Howard, $26.1M
4. (22) Albert Pujols, $25.5M
5. (23) Cliff Lee, $25.270M
6. (25) Prince Fielder, $24.4M
7. (26) Joe Mauer, $24.3M
8. (27) CC Sabathia, $24M
9. (30) Felix Hernandez, $23.457M
10. (35) Miguel Cabrera, $22.8M
11. (36) Cole Hamels, $22.850M
12. (37) Mark Teixeira, $22.720M
13. (38) Clayton Kershaw, $22.7M
14. (41) Masahiro Tanaka, $22M
15. (42) Adrian Gonzalez, $21.425M
16. (43) Matt Kemp, $21.4M
17. (45) Jacoby Ellsbury, $21.212M
18. (47) Vernon Wells, $21M
19. (48) Justin Verlander, $20.7M
29. (50) Carl Crawford, $20.25M
As to who is the highest paid athlete in American sports? It’s boxer Floyd Mayweather, who will clear at least $105 million for a pair of pay-per-view fights.
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