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July 28, 2006

The Fortuanate 50: List of Top 50 Fortunate athletes based on how much money they make.

posted by Clevelander32 to general at 07:37 PM - 24 comments

I cannot believe that Tiger earns that much in endorsments. That number is unbelieveable to me. Makes me wish I had worked more on my golf swing....

posted by redsoxrgay at 08:28 PM on July 28

WOW!!!! I can't believe that Tiger makes almost a billion dollars in one year. That is absolutely crazy!

posted by kidrayter2005 at 09:16 PM on July 28

Keith Van Horn? Penny? Holy cow.

posted by mr_crash_davis at 09:17 PM on July 28

kidrayter25, that's almost 100 million, not a billion. Still not chump change, though.

posted by mr_crash_davis at 09:17 PM on July 28

ah 100 mill is nowhere near 1 billion

posted by Jackjeckyl at 09:18 PM on July 28

Wow. I love lists like this. The totals; Salary/Winnings: $747,081,653 Endorsements: $360,275,00 Grand Total: 1,107,356,653 By sport; MLB Salary/Winnings: $110,000,000 or 14.72% of all Salary/Winnings Endorsements: $18,000,000 or 5.00% of all Endorsement money MLB Total: $128,000,000 or 11.56% of all NASCAR Salary/Winnings: $26,295,433 or 3.52% of all Salary/Winnings Endorsements: $38,000,000 or 10.55% of all Endorsement money NASCAR Total: $64,295,433 or 5.81% of all NBA Salary/Winnings: $329,696,890 or 44.13% of all Salary/Winnings Endorsements: $99,000,000 or 27.48% of all Endorsement money NBA Total: $428,696,890 or 38.71% of all The New York Knicks salaries account for 18.70% of the NBA and 8.25% of all salaries. NFL Salary/Winnings: $99,900,000 or 13.37% of all Salary/Winnings Endorsements: $35,800,000 or 9.94% of all Endorsement money NFL Total: $135,700,000 or 12.25% of all PGA Salary/Winnings: $16,599,734 or 2.22% of all Salary/Winnings Endorsements: $127,000,000 or 35.25% of all Endorsement money PGA Total: $143,599,734 or 12.97% Tiger Woods accounts for 24.15% of all Endorsement money. Tennis Salary/Winnings: $1,629,596 or 0.22% of all Salary/Winnings Endorsements: $23,000,000 or 6.38% of all Endorsement money Tennis Total: $24,629,596 or 2.22% of all If you want to play with the data I put the spreadsheet I created here. Yeah, I did spend entirely too much time on this.

posted by geekyguy at 09:20 PM on July 28

My mistake. I apologize. But that is still a lot of money!

posted by kidrayter2005 at 09:31 PM on July 28

Interesting, not one woman made the list.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 09:40 PM on July 28

Interesting list but, I would question the accuracy a bit (Keith Van Horn?). I think at some point you will see some women on the list (Sharapove if she wins some more springs to mind and in the future, MichelleWie). At any rate, the next time you hear some extremely highly compensated athelete complain about the rigors of their job and the instrusion of fans, think of those individuals who toil their entire lives providing you services for their entire lives to make about a month's worth of the what the bottom people on this list make in a month.

posted by R_A_Mason at 08:48 AM on July 29

Interesting, anyone know if there is an international version of this list?

posted by Fence at 08:59 AM on July 29

Imagine how much more Michael Vick would be making in endorsements if he could complete a pass.

posted by dyams at 09:00 AM on July 29

poor Carson Palmer, stuck doing local car dealership commercials

posted by mick at 09:38 AM on July 29

Or if Ron MexicoMichael Vick actually had a Valtrex endorsement deal as discussed previously.

posted by geekyguy at 09:39 AM on July 29

If and when Danica Patrick goes to Nascar, im sure that she'll be on the list. Can you imagine how many indorsments she'll recieve?

posted by redsoxrgay at 10:30 AM on July 29

What I like about that list is about 5 of those baseball guys were at some point in time Houston Astros (Berkman, Beltran, Bagwell, Wagner, Clemens were the ones I saw)...which goes to tell you that the Astros have/had some pretty well-to-do guys on their team at various points.

posted by chemwizBsquared at 10:51 AM on July 29

The name that im suprised nobody mentioned was Brian Grant- hes as big of a waste as Penny, or even Van Horn. Did anyone notice how many players on this list were from the Knicks? They had Van Horn, and Penny, Marbury, Francis, J Rose, and probably a few others. Plus, the Knicks are about to overpay again for another average talent in Jared Jefferies. It looks like Thomas is going to completely dismantle the team during his rein of terror, if he hasn't already.

posted by redsoxrgay at 01:01 PM on July 29

I checked an international list on Forbes. com of highest payed athletes in the world and found Ferrari's Michael Schumacher was 2nd on the global list at $80 million.

posted by Cubfan276 at 02:03 PM on July 29

Imagine, making all this money without a job.

posted by joromu at 02:09 PM on July 29

List of Top 50 Fortunate (U.S.-born) athletes

posted by Philfromhavelock at 02:11 PM on July 29

The article did include a link to the Top 20 International (ie. non-U.S.) athletes. FWIW, Sharapova came in 4th. The article also had an addendum suggesting who will be on the list next year, when the 2006 totals are tallied up. Danica Patrick and Michelle Wie are certain to be there on endorsements alone.

posted by smithers at 03:16 PM on July 29

Yeah smithers, I think I'm going blind :) Thanks.

posted by Fence at 04:10 PM on July 29

Not a single hockey player in the bunch (either the US top 50 or International top 20).

posted by grum@work at 09:01 PM on July 29

Years ago Bill Freehan of the Tigers had an endorsement deal with a Detroit auto dealership. All he was paid was two new cars a year (Ford's I think, if memory serves). Times sure have changed!

posted by commander cody at 01:09 AM on July 30

There are too many Yankees on the list, both international and U.S.

posted by kidrayter2005 at 02:12 PM on July 30

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