Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Fortunate 50

This is something Sports Illustrated does every year. They release a list of 50 athletes sorted by how much money they make a year. The final figure includes both salary/winnings and also money earned from endorsement deals.

Tiger Woods is far and way #1 on the list and will soon be the first athlete to earn $1 billion in career earnings. Truly incredible.

The list to me is something that is really cool and I look forward to it every year just to see who moved up and who moved down.

A couple of things to consider after looking at the list:

- There isn't a single hockey player on the list. No Crosby and no Ovechkin. Neither of the two superstars made more than $15 million in 2009 and thus did not make the list. Pretty crazy and also shows how little hockey players actually make compared to other leagues.

- The first 4 baseball players on the list all play for the Yankees. A-rod, Jeter, CC, and Teixeira. This shouldn't surprise anyone and only affirms the fact that the Yankees buy their teams, which I am ok with.

- Dale Earnhardt Jr made $26 million in 2009 and didn't win a single race. Tell me why this guy gets so much money? He sucks.

- This is the first time since SI started doing the list that the average ammount of earnings went down. The average fell $1.5 million per athlete meaning that now even superstar athletes are feeling the burn.

- This year's list features 22 basketball players (a record nine who earned more than $20 million), 14 major leaguers, nine football players, three golfers and two NASCAR drivers.

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