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2007 World's 25 Top-Earning Athletes - Federer at #13

LinkMage
10-30-2007, 01:46 AM
1. Tiger Woods - $100 million
2. Oscar De La Hoya - $43.0 million
3. Phil Mickelson - $42.2 million
4. Kimi Raikkonen - $40 million
5. Michael Schumacher - $36 million
6. David Beckham - $33 million
7. Kobe Bryant - $32.9 million
8. Shaquille O'Neal - $31.9 million
9. (tie) Michael Jordan - $31 million
9. (tie) Ronaldinho - $31 million
11. Valentino Rossi - $30 million
12. Alex Rodriguez (Baseball) - $29.2 million
13. Roger Federer - $29 million
14. Derek Jeter (Baseball) - $28.3 million
15. LeBron James - $27.3 million
16. Floyd Mayweather - $26.5 million
17. Yao Ming - $26.3 million
18. Vijay Singh - $25.8 million
19. Leonard Davis (American Football) - $25.4 million
20. Arnold Palmer - $25.0 million
21. Jeff Gordon (Nascar) - $24.5 million
22. Kevin Garnett - $24.3 million
23. Reggie Bush (American Football) - $23.8 million
24. Allen Iverson - $23.3 million
25. Maria Sharapova - $23 million


http://www.forbes.com/business/sportsmoney/2007/10/25/sports-tiger-woods-biz-sports-cz_kb_1026athletes.html

Byrd
10-30-2007, 01:47 AM
Including endorsements?

scoobs
10-30-2007, 01:55 AM
How can you earn $100 million a year playing GOLF.

It's a crazy fucked up world.

LinkMage
10-30-2007, 01:57 AM
Including endorsements?



Of course. If you excluded endorsements Fed would "only" have around 7 or 8 millions.

Byrd
10-30-2007, 01:57 AM
How can you earn $100 million a year playing GOLF.

It's a crazy fucked up world.

87 million just from endorsements, bit of a joke to be honest :o

hra87
10-30-2007, 01:57 AM
How can you earn $100 million a year playing GOLF.

It's a crazy fucked up world.

I'm surprised Woods still makes this kind of cash. He used to be EVERYWHERE, but you don't see him in ads much any more. What gives? Wait...what kind of cash was he making a few years ago?

mangoes
10-30-2007, 02:04 AM
How can you earn $100 million a year playing GOLF.

It's a crazy fucked up world.

Ridiculous!!

RagingLamb
10-30-2007, 02:26 AM
All of them overpaid. especially Tiger Woods.

R.Federer
10-30-2007, 02:28 AM
No. 25 is the one who is most disproportionately paid. What was that again, 2 slams? Great!

World Beater
10-30-2007, 02:52 AM
How can you earn $100 million a year playing GOLF.

It's a crazy fucked up world.

the surprise isnt tiger woods earning 100 million.

its the fat slob phil mickelson earning 43.

what i find more amazing is jordan already retired still earning a trunkload of cash :worship:

danton
10-30-2007, 02:56 AM
Sharapova - I really don't get it. Good but not that good, prettyish but not beautiful although definately has better legs than me. A stone has more humour and personality than she has. She is completely manufactured and they forgot to include personality D'oh.

Scoobs totally agree - i'm not even convinced that golf should be classed as a sport

Fedex
10-30-2007, 03:19 AM
:rolls: :haha: @ David Beckham making 33 million. MJ has been retired for a few years now and he still comes in 9th on the list!

World Beater
10-30-2007, 03:25 AM
:rolls: :haha: @ David Beckham making 33 million. MJ has been retired for a few years now and he still comes in 9th on the list!

a lot of ppl criticize sharapova, but really is becks any better.

the us media has been hyping david beckham to no end. So overrated.

GonzoFed
10-30-2007, 03:25 AM
the surprise isnt tiger woods earning 100 million.

its the fat slob phil mickelson earning 43.

what i find more amazing is jordan already retired still earning a trunkload of cash :worship:

MJ :worship: I still have my vhs tape of game 5, 1997 NBA Finals. What a freaking legend :worship:

Henry Chinaski
10-30-2007, 03:29 AM
Laughing my ass off at Arnold Palmer being counted as an athlete.

Beckham making so much is just hilarious too. He's not even in the top 100 footballers in the world and at his peak probably scraped into the top 20.

World Beater
10-30-2007, 03:30 AM
Laughing my ass off at Arnold Palmer being counted as an athlete.

Beckham making so much is just hilarious too. He's not even in the top 100 footballers in the world and at his peak probably scraped into the top 20.

just noticed that too.

:haha:

jeff gordon

:haha:

CmonAussie
10-30-2007, 03:31 AM
1. Tiger Woods - $100 million
2. Oscar De La Hoya - $43.0 million
3. Phil Mickelson - $42.2 million
4. Kimi Raikkonen - $40 million
5. Michael Schumacher - $36 million
6. David Beckham - $33 million
7. Kobe Bryant - $32.9 million
8. Shaquille O'Neal - $31.9 million
9. (tie) Michael Jordan - $31 million
9. (tie) Ronaldinho - $31 million
11. Valentino Rossi - $30 million
12. Alex Rodriguez (Baseball) - $29.2 million
13. Roger Federer - $29 million
14. Derek Jeter (Baseball) - $28.3 million
15. LeBron James - $27.3 million
16. Floyd Mayweather - $26.5 million
17. Yao Ming - $26.3 million
18. Vijay Singh - $25.8 million
19. Leonard Davis (American Football) - $25.4 million
20. Arnold Palmer - $25.0 million
21. Jeff Gordon (Nascar) - $24.5 million
22. Kevin Garnett - $24.3 million
23. Reggie Bush (American Football) - $23.8 million
24. Allen Iverson - $23.3 million
25. Maria Sharapova - $23 million



:rolleyes: :rolleyes:
***
~~looking @ the names 15/25 are American:sad:
#take home message is this: >>your chances of being a wealthy sportsman are greatly enhanced if your American, otherwise goodluck sucker:devil:

HNCS
10-30-2007, 03:41 AM
:rolleyes: :rolleyes:
***
~~looking @ the names 15/25 are American:sad:
#take home message is this: >>your chances of being a wealthy sportsman are greatly enhanced if your American, otherwise goodluck sucker:devil:

um...*25 Sharapova is more american than russian really....i'm surprised she even carries around that russian flag stilll

anyway a bit :worship: to Jordan! For a moment i was going "is this 2007??!!"

CmonAussie
10-30-2007, 03:46 AM
um...*25 Sharapova is more american than russian really....i'm surprised she even carries around that russian flag stilll

anyway a bit :worship: to Jordan! For a moment i was going "is this 2007??!!"

:wavey:
yeah FED & the F1 drivers are probably the only ones who make the majority of their money outside of America:sad:

El Legenda
10-30-2007, 03:50 AM
How can you earn $100 million a year playing GOLF.

It's a crazy fucked up world.

Tiger is the man.

FedFan_2007
10-30-2007, 04:27 AM
Well for all those complaining about Tiger, he earns every penny. I still remember his 15 SHOT VICTORY at the 2000 US Open. For anyone who knows golf, you know that nobody is supposed to win THAT event by more then 5 shots, 7 on the outside. 15 is just mind-boggling.

CmonAussie
10-30-2007, 05:51 AM
Well for all those complaining about Tiger, he earns every penny. I still remember his 15 SHOT VICTORY at the 2000 US Open. For anyone who knows golf, you know that nobody is supposed to win THAT event by more then 5 shots, 7 on the outside. 15 is just mind-boggling.

:cool:
yeah Tiger certainly deserves the accolades, not so sure about all the money [they`re all overpaid]:devil:

Woods has certainly transformed golf & done things nobody thought possible:worship:

14-majors [#2 on all-time list]
15-shot USO win [2000]
12-shot US Masters win [1997]
8-shot British Open win [2000]
4-majors in a row `Tiger Slam`[2000-01]
62-titles on US tour [#2 on all-time list]
1st to win $10,000,000 in a season
#1 ranking for close to 10-years [except 98 & 04]
#1 on money list: 97, 99, 00, 01, 02, 05, 06, 07
:worship:

leng jai
10-30-2007, 05:55 AM
Until Tiger can get a hole in one in every shot he doesn't deserve 100 million.

El Legenda
10-30-2007, 06:01 AM
Until Tiger can get a hole in one in every shot he doesn't deserve 100 million.

Tiger Woods can do that, but he likes to make things interesting :D

Pea
10-30-2007, 06:16 AM
Until Tiger can get a hole in one in every shot he doesn't deserve 100 million.

I still wouldn't give that bloke the mil for a crappy sport like golf.

Fensler
10-30-2007, 06:22 AM
:rolleyes: :rolleyes:
***
~~looking @ the names 15/25 are American:sad:
#take home message is this: >>your chances of being a wealthy sportsman are greatly enhanced if your American, otherwise goodluck sucker:devil:

Your point is valid.

And moreover, we can even make it 16/25, as Alex Rodriguez was born in NYC and grew up primarily in Miami.

CmonAussie
10-30-2007, 06:30 AM
Your point is valid.

And moreover, we can even make it 16/25, as Alex Rodriguez was born in NYC and grew up primarily in Miami.

yes & we can count Sharapova [moved to America when she was 8yrs]
+ Ming, Singh & Beckham earn most of their money in America:eek:
...
**then we could say 20/25 top earners are American or American based!!!

VolandriFan
10-30-2007, 07:33 AM
Amazing that the best athlete in the world is only 13th.

tripb19
10-30-2007, 08:04 AM
I'd be more outraged, but US $100 million ain't what it used to be :devil:

freeandlonely
10-30-2007, 08:42 AM
Wow 100 million... more than my common sense
I know that, but not that much, especially compared to the top list
Besides, many others surprised me as well,
although somehow I knew it well be like that.

yomike
10-30-2007, 10:42 AM
Tiger Woods:rolleyes: No. 1 and he is not even an athlete.

sports freak
10-30-2007, 11:12 AM
Wow Rogers pretty low for his talents,agree amazing how Sir Michael Jordan is in the top 10 and has retired for awhile,also Schumacher earning 36 Million and not even have to get in a car,WTF!!Geez ez give some of that money to the poor (Third World Country ) for god sake,in the name on HUMANITY!!

nanoman
10-30-2007, 11:55 AM
Oscar de la Hoya at #2 with 40+ million ??!!!
Isn't he just a lightweight ? Since when did lightweight boxing become big ?

sykotique
10-30-2007, 12:11 PM
I don't consider race-car drivers athletes in the pure sense of the word, but anyone who risks life and limb every time they step on the track and subjects themselves to g-forces that would distort most normal human beings' bodies, deserves more than anyone who swings a golf club every 20 minutes or so, while someone carries his bag for him.

Kimi Raikkonen > PGA Tour.

Stensland
10-30-2007, 12:13 PM
how did schumacher make 36 mio? he isn't driving anymore and i don't see him in any commercials over here. where does his salary come from?

NightWolf7
10-30-2007, 01:31 PM
I think Schumacher is still working for Ferrari. I'm not sure, but that's what I've read. Wow, Kimi is making a lot of money. :D

adee-gee
10-30-2007, 01:39 PM
Tiger is 100 times the sportsman, champion, and human being Federer will ever be.

The Fedtards are simply jealous, and need to bash Tiger and the sport.

Corey Feldman
10-30-2007, 01:56 PM
I think they are all worth what they get... ppl might think its outragous money for some of them but remember how much billions some of these sports gain and its the the 'stars' who should be taking the big cut of that not the fat cats in suits.

anyone would want Tiger as an endorsement, he's the most recognizable person on the planet, even if you like golf or not.

the only thing that bugs me is why are retired ppl on the list :rolleyes:

leng jai
10-30-2007, 01:59 PM
Lewis Hamilton will be on the list soon. Fucken gun.

adee-gee
10-30-2007, 02:10 PM
Lewis Hamilton will be on the list soon. Fucken gun.

He'll quite possibly be #1 soon.

Corey Feldman
10-30-2007, 02:18 PM
Hamilton and his team are bottlers/fixers.

he'll never win a world title at Mclaren, mark my words.

Saumon
10-30-2007, 02:40 PM
Lewis Hamilton will be on the list soon. Fucken gun.

If he stops choking. :p


Golf is a hobby, not a sport.

tennis2tennis
10-30-2007, 03:29 PM
i think athletes with little talent and alot of money should be applauded they milked what God gave them...:worship:

ReturnWinner
10-30-2007, 03:35 PM
Saquille O'neal :worship:

tennis2tennis
10-30-2007, 03:35 PM
ps if u get beaten by a chainsmoking fat man then you ain't no athlete
http://vivirlatino.com/i/2007/06/222843-_d161-_-R-_--cortada.jpg

ReturnWinner
10-30-2007, 03:40 PM
ps if u get beaten by a chainsmoking fat man then you ain't no athlete
http://vivirlatino.com/i/2007/06/222843-_d161-_-R-_--cortada.jpg

well Federer got beaten by Nalbandian, i guess he is not one either :p

zcess81
10-30-2007, 04:01 PM
No matter what everyone says golf is not a sport and golfers are sure as hell no athletes...I'd like to see Tiger do what Roger does physically during one single match!

stebs
10-30-2007, 04:05 PM
Golf, not a sport.

bokehlicious
10-30-2007, 04:09 PM
Novak will surpass Tiger soon enough :cool: :o

tennis2tennis
10-30-2007, 04:27 PM
well Federer got beaten by Nalbandian, i guess he is not one either :p

c'mon david is noT FAT he's ain't toned but he's not fat he's certainly no where in that guy's fat league and remember he's the exception fatty players are COMMON IN GOLF!!

FedFan_2007
10-30-2007, 05:07 PM
Golf is the ultimate skills competition, tennis is skills plus athleticism.

adee-gee
10-30-2007, 05:22 PM
Golf is the ultimate skills competition, tennis is skills plus athleticism.
I don't disagree with that, fair point. I'd say golf takes more skill than tennis though.

Just because you don't have to be in prime physical condition for golf doesn't mean it's not a sport. Different sports have different challenges. Golf, snooker, darts etc. are all sports in my eyes.

Corey Feldman
10-30-2007, 05:34 PM
If it involves hitting a ball from A to B, its a sport to me :p

World Beater
10-30-2007, 05:44 PM
LOL.

lets see. who would i pick? the manufactured athlete. i.e.woods

or the natural athlete. i.e. federer.

nobama
10-30-2007, 05:46 PM
Golf isn't a sport? BS. How does one define "sport" anyway?

Henry Chinaski
10-30-2007, 05:55 PM
Just because you don't have to be in prime physical condition for golf doesn't mean it's not a sport. Different sports have different challenges. Golf, snooker, darts etc. are all sports in my eyes.


Agree with this. Nerves of fucking steel those darts players.
Arteries even harder than steel on most of them but this is irrelevant. Performing skilled physical manouveres in a competitive setting where the competition is for its own sake makes it a sport.

World Beater
10-30-2007, 05:56 PM
a game needs to have some kind of cardio workout imo to be called a sport.

golf has no chance to be part of the olympic games. :lol:

oh and one more thing...

The laureus committee which consists of the greatest sportsmen and women in the world agreed that the last 3 years...

Federer >>>Woods.

adee-gee
10-30-2007, 06:34 PM
Is running a marathon more of a sport than tennis because they have to run more?

lalit
10-30-2007, 06:45 PM
how did he make more money than sharapova
i guess this confirms sharapova really had a bad year

Andi-M
10-30-2007, 06:59 PM
What a royal WASTE of money there are people in poverty and these sports stars get paid these INSANE amounts......disgusting!

zicofirol
10-30-2007, 06:59 PM
How can you earn $100 million a year playing GOLF.

It's a crazy fucked up world.

no, he brings in a lot of money for the companies he endorses, companies that employ thousands of people... he keeps getting big contracts because he brings in money...

ReturnWinner
10-30-2007, 07:00 PM
What a royal WASTE of money there are people in poverty and these sports stars get paid these INSANE amounts......disgusting!

so the life is, pretty unfair.

Clara Bow
10-30-2007, 07:08 PM
Oscar de la Hoya at #2 with 40+ million ??!!!
Isn't he just a lightweight ? Since when did lightweight boxing become big ?

I think that Oscar is more of a welterweight/middleweight fighter- not lightweight*- although he and Mayweather have shifted weight classes in order to fight different opponents. I know that Floyd has been lightweight- not sure about Oscar. Also- Oscar has been the biggest non-heavyweight boxer in terms of bringing in $ for ages.

His fight against Mayweather was the biggest fight in boxing in a while (and the first time I have seen boxers on the cover of SI in ages). It also had a really big payout- the contract somehow stipulated that Oscar got more than Floyd even though Pretty Boy Floyd was the one who won the fight. :rolleyes:

I think at the time of their fight- they both light middleweight.

* I could be wrong and Oscar has been more of a lightweight during his career- but for some reason I think of him more in the welterweight, etc. arena.

Stensland
10-30-2007, 07:18 PM
Is golf a sport? Depends on your definition of sports, of course - if you consider poker and fishing sports (and they are shown on ESPN in the US), then fine, golf is a sport, but if you define a sport as requiring more physical effort than long walks on the lawn and the occasional swinging, then golf is just a game.

I'm in the latter category - I consider golf a game, and a ridiculous one at that (anything that encourages the construction of water-guzzling lawns in deserts and high-class establishments in poor areas that are in desperate need of low-cost housing and proper urban development is pretty ridiculous in my book). However, as the rankings in the first post of this thread illustrates, I am clearly in the minority. :)

brilliant posting.

Henry Chinaski
10-30-2007, 07:58 PM
There is a clear disctinction between golf and something like chess or poker in that the tasks carried out by a golfer require huge physical skill whereas a trained monkey could play chess/poker to a high level with the right instruction.

Il Primo Uomo
10-30-2007, 08:04 PM
Winning a single MM tournament is a big deal in golf (it's not at the reach of a lambda journeyman like in tennis), let alone a GS. Wining 14 is a HUGE achievement, give credit where credit is due. Tiger earned that money!

leng jai
10-30-2007, 09:20 PM
Winning a single MM tournament is a big deal in golf (it's not at the reach of a lambda journeyman like in tennis), let alone a GS. Wining 14 is a HUGE achievement, give credit where credit is due. Tiger earned that money!

Its funny how an "athlete" can earn 100 million without having to run at all.

Corey Feldman
10-30-2007, 10:19 PM
What a royal WASTE of money there are people in poverty and these sports stars get paid these INSANE amounts......disgusting!Why?

if those sports are taking in billions from fans/tv around the world its these top pro's who deserve a big cut .. 20, 30m - so be it.

they might even deserve more.

MatchFederer
10-30-2007, 10:29 PM
Oscar is more of a middleweight fighter- not lightweight- although he and Mayweather have shifted weight classes in order to fight different opponents. (But I don't think either have ever been lightweight) Also- Oscar has been the biggest non-heavyweight boxer in terms of bringing in $ for ages.

His fight against Mayweather was the biggest fight in boxing in a while (and the first time I have seen boxers on the cover of SI in ages). It also had a really big payout- the contract somehow stipulated that Oscar got more than Floyd even though Pretty Boy Floyd was the one who won the fight. :rolleyes:

I think at the time of their fight- they both light middleweight.

Oscar De La Hoya has probably been the most popular non heavyweight boxer since Sugar Ray Leonard. Oscar De La Hoya vs any good boxer = massive interest, the same cannot always be said of Floyd Mayweather Jr. Also, wasn't this fight under Golden Boy Promotions *grins* ... that is OSCARS promo company. Oscar had the right to call the shots, he was and probably still is the bigger name and Floyd still proves to be in comparison unpopular. I am sure Floyd was thankful that Oscar gave him a chance.:angel:

Corey Feldman
10-30-2007, 10:49 PM
De LaHoya is a weirdo who likes dressing in women's panties.

i saw the pics in the paper a few months ago :lol:

Clara Bow
10-30-2007, 10:51 PM
Oscar De La Hoya has probably been the most popular non heavyweight boxer since Sugar Ray Leonard. Oscar De La Hoya vs any good boxer = massive interest, the same cannot always be said of Floyd Mayweather Jr. Also, wasn't this fight under Golden Boy Promotions *grins* ... that is OSCARS promo company. Oscar had the right to call the shots, he was and probably still is the bigger name and Floyd still proves to be in comparison unpopular. I am sure Floyd was thankful that Oscar gave him a chance.:angel:

You are right- it was a Golden Boy Promotions fight. I do know why ODH got more money than Floyd- for the reasons you stated. Boxing is one of those sports where the bigger name loser can get more than the winner. I just find it a bit ironic- hence the eyeroll. ;) Oscar is a smart businessman though- Golden Boy is also in charge of the Mayweather/Rick Hatton fight in December. I wonder if in that fight- Floyd will actually be the one getting the bigger purse, regardless of who wins.

MatchFederer
10-30-2007, 11:08 PM
You are right- it was a Golden Boy Promotions fight. I do know why ODH got more money than Floyd- for the reasons you stated. Boxing is one of those sports where the bigger name loser can get more than the winner. I just find it a bit ironic- hence the eyeroll. ;) Oscar is a smart businessman though- Golden Boy is also in charge of the Mayweather/Rick Hatton fight in December. I wonder if in that fight- Floyd will actually be the one getting the bigger purse, regardless of who wins.

I am pretty sure Floyd Mayweather will be getting the bigger purse win or lose. By the way, I rate Floyd's chances of victory at 80%.

Corey Feldman
10-30-2007, 11:12 PM
Nope, Hitman Hatton will stop him inside 10.

Clara Bow
10-30-2007, 11:15 PM
I am pretty sure Floyd Mayweather will be getting the bigger purse win or lose. By the way, I rate Floyd's chances of victory at 80%.


I am fairly sure he will win as well, but more around 60-65%- maybe his time on Dancing With The Stars made him soft :lol: I just hope HBO does another behind the scenes lead up series/show to the fight like they did for his fight with Oscar. (I am not sure if you get HBO in the UK- but they are pretty good with their lead up shows for fights- they had a good one before the Cotto-Judah fight for example).

megadeth
10-30-2007, 11:23 PM
those earnings by MJ doesn't include his playing years right? i'm sure his overall earnings would be near the 1 billion mark by now...

MatchFederer
10-30-2007, 11:33 PM
I am fairly sure he will win as well, but more around 60-65%- maybe his time on Dancing With The Stars made him soft :lol: I just hope HBO does another behind the scenes lead up series/show to the fight like they did for his fight with Oscar. (I am not sure if you get HBO in the UK- but they are pretty good with their lead up shows for fights- they had a good one before the Cotto-Judah fight for example).

I don't have sky, I am a lowly third year music student who has to rely on youtube and live streams from a variety of websites. But yes I agree, HBO build ups are pretty effective. Sometimes they put too much effort into hyping one fighter though, i.e. Jermain Taylor who, as I predicted, got KOd by Kelly Pavlik after having some less than stellar performances against the likes of Winky Wright and .. who was it, Cory Spinks (Gee.. that fight was BAD)?

leng jai
10-31-2007, 12:01 AM
those earnings by MJ doesn't include his playing years right? i'm sure his overall earnings would be near the 1 billion mark by now...

That 31 million is only from his profits in Space Jam.

gusman890
10-31-2007, 12:08 AM
:rolleyes: :rolleyes:
***
~~looking @ the names 15/25 are American:sad:
#take home message is this: >>your chances of being a wealthy sportsman are greatly enhanced if your American, otherwise goodluck sucker:devil:

Alex Rodriguez was born in the USA, but I guess he doesnt count as American huh.

silverarrows
10-31-2007, 12:25 AM
I don't consider race-car drivers athletes in the pure sense of the word, but anyone who risks life and limb every time they step on the track and subjects themselves to g-forces that would distort most normal human beings' bodies, deserves more than anyone who swings a golf club every 20 minutes or so, while someone carries his bag for him.

Kimi Raikkonen > PGA Tour.




I absolutely agree! Golf is a complete joke compared to F1.

BTW, Formula One drivers are more than athletes. You can compare them to jet fighter pilots.

Go Kimi!!!:cool:

Clara Bow
10-31-2007, 03:44 AM
I don't have sky, I am a lowly third year music student who has to rely on youtube and live streams from a variety of websites. But yes I agree, HBO build ups are pretty effective. Sometimes they put too much effort into hyping one fighter though, i.e. Jermain Taylor who, as I predicted, got KOd by Kelly Pavlik after having some less than stellar performances against the likes of Winky Wright and .. who was it, Cory Spinks (Gee.. that fight was BAD)?

The producers of those shows do seem to have their faves, that is true. Still- I enjoy them because I kinda find the world of boxing fascinating.

Regarding the whole is golf a sport thing - I happen to think that it is but can see why others view it more as game. Still, the physical shape of the participants does not always make or break a sport for me. Some of the defensive players in American football are huge and not exactly ads for great health, shot putters and weight lifters can not be very fit in the traditional sense (I think most folks considers those sports), etc. I do think, however, that Tiger Woods does have a more athletic physique than you normally. He does have muscular shoulders, etc.

doublebackhand
10-31-2007, 04:14 AM
I think they are all worth what they get... ppl might think its outragous money for some of them but remember how much billions some of these sports gain and its the the 'stars' who should be taking the big cut of that not the fat cats in suits.

anyone would want Tiger as an endorsement, he's the most recognizable person on the planet, even if you like golf or not.

the only thing that bugs me is why are retired ppl on the list :rolleyes:

I second that. The corporates dishing out that kinda $ to these athletes know what they are doing than any of the posters here. Marketability has very little to do with the athlete's professional capabilities...Michelle Wie and Kournakova havent won a damn thing and they have pocketed tens of millions of endorsement $.

HNCS
10-31-2007, 04:36 AM
Golf is a hobby, not a sport.

i agree on this. i love golf. but it's not an athletic sport for me. i play golf when i want a stroll in the park, some quiet time or a ride in my golf cart [:bounce: ].

but some sporty exercise? i'll go jog, play tennis, whatever. golf doesn't come to my mind.

however, it doesn't really matter if golf is a sport or not. i think the problem is that they're all overpaid. just like most of the sucky actors that reside in hollywood.

but nice to see many sensible posts in this thread.

Clara Bow
10-31-2007, 04:39 AM
I wonder if for MJ they are also including the money he makes nowadays as a non-athlete outside of his current endorsements (Hanes, etc.) For example, are they counting the money he may make for owning that motorcycle team or as a part-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats? (Although I wonder if either of those two ventures make much money. :lol:)

Fensler
10-31-2007, 05:41 AM
Alex Rodriguez was born in the USA, but I guess he doesnt count as American huh.

I do understand your sentiment, but I think that was just a simple oversight by CmonAussie - not an intentional insult. However, I noticed it too and cleared it up in an earlier reponse.

And moreover, we can even make it 16/25, as Alex Rodriguez was born in NYC and grew up primarily in Miami.

Jaffas85
10-31-2007, 06:23 AM
Correct me if I'm wrong but these athlete earnings would be based on the last financial year which was between June 2006 and June 2007.

Thanks.

Polikarpov
10-31-2007, 06:24 AM
It really baffles me how golfers could earn more money than "real" athletes.

And kudos to Maria for being the only female there.

FedFan_2007
10-31-2007, 08:10 AM
Amazing how Fed can only pull in $4 million more then 'Pova with 100x more accomplishments and still in his prime.

leng jai
10-31-2007, 08:13 AM
Amazing how Fed can only pull in $4 million more then 'Pova with 100x more accomplishments and still in his prime.

It all comes back to the nose.

trixtah
10-31-2007, 08:21 AM
How the fuck do you make $100 mil playing golf?!

Amazing how Fed can only pull in $4 million more then 'Pova with 100x more accomplishments and still in his prime.

Someone doesn't know how to subtract...

How can you earn $100 million a year playing GOLF.

It's a crazy fucked up world.

lol I didn't even see this before I posted

CmonAussie
10-31-2007, 09:02 AM
Alex Rodriguez was born in the USA, but I guess he doesnt count as American huh.


:wavey:
peace man:cool:
...
Of course Rodriguez counts;)
I`m Australian mate, & baseball hardly gets a mention, so I simply don`t know much about the game or it`s players. The only players I can claim to have heard much about are Barry Bonds, Ichiro & Matsui [honestly];)

For some reason I thought Rodriguez was Cuban, obviously I was wrong~~ my bad:sad:
Anyway don`t take offense..

Jimnik
10-31-2007, 10:27 AM
Michael Schumacher retired and still in the top 5. :eek:

Mike Kim
10-31-2007, 12:47 PM
Oscar DLH also has all that money coming in from Goldenboy promotions too. I guess if you included that he would be the richest athlete around this year.

FedererSlam
10-31-2007, 12:57 PM
$100 million a year....how just how has he worked for every penny of that more than some single mother holding onto 3 jobs..?

That's just an obscene amount of money.

Andi-M
10-31-2007, 01:12 PM
Why?

if those sports are taking in billions from fans/tv around the world its these top pro's who deserve a big cut .. 20, 30m - so be it.

they might even deserve more.

More??? when in their lifetimes are they ever going to spend all this money..NEVER

I understand they should ge paid and ALOT im a huge sports fan and i know how importance of sports in the world today. But this is crazy even if they got paid one tenth of this amount that they have they'd still not spend it all.

NightWolf7
10-31-2007, 01:39 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong but these athlete earnings would be based on the last financial year which was between June 2006 and June 2007.

Thanks.

That's true. It feels insane, that someone earns 100 million/year.

yomike
11-04-2007, 12:37 PM
It annoys the hell out of me to see so many golf players in that list. Golf is for old and overweight people who like to believe that there playing a sport.

Bazooka
11-04-2007, 12:56 PM
Haven't read all pages but, where is Fernando Alonso? McLaren paid him 25m Euros, thats over 30 m. dollars.

bokehlicious
11-04-2007, 01:04 PM
Golf is for old and overweight people who like to believe that there playing a sport.

Wealthy people of this world are often old and fat... :shrug: :/

MatchFederer
11-04-2007, 01:10 PM
Maybe we will see Woods vs Federer in a sort of 'superstars' series thing after they retire or something...

spooky105
11-04-2007, 01:34 PM
Golf is more of a sport than Baseball.

Baseball is a sport for fat losers.

And Nascar racing? Even worse.

Jimnik
11-04-2007, 01:38 PM
Haven't read all pages but, where is Fernando Alonso? McLaren paid him 25m Euros, thats over 30 m. dollars.
If it's the financial year (July to June) he will appear in next year's list.

gusman890
11-04-2007, 01:39 PM
:wavey:
peace man:cool:
...
Of course Rodriguez counts;)
I`m Australian mate, & baseball hardly gets a mention, so I simply don`t know much about the game or it`s players. The only players I can claim to have heard much about are Barry Bonds, Ichiro & Matsui [honestly];)

For some reason I thought Rodriguez was Cuban, obviously I was wrong~~ my bad:sad:
Anyway don`t take offense..

its ok :)

Rodriguez was born in the New York, moved to the Dominican Republic for like 3 years and then moved back to Florida to finish his childhood.

Shabazza
11-04-2007, 01:39 PM
$100 million a year....how just how has he worked for every penny of that more than some single mother holding onto 3 jobs..?

That's just an obscene amount of money.

Let's face it. Life's not fair and never will be.

thrust
11-04-2007, 01:52 PM
Golf is a RICH mans sport, meaning lots of rich corportations sponser tournaments. Michelson is the second best golfer on the PGA tour and is very popular with the fans, hence, his endorsements. The winning prize money for most regular PGA tour events is at least $800,000 just for the winner.

thrust
11-04-2007, 02:02 PM
Golf is more of a sport than Baseball.

Baseball is a sport for fat losers.

And Nascar racing? Even worse.

Your comments on baseball are pathetically ignorant.