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|06-19-2012, 06:03 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jul 2006
who would thougt you can make 1.000.000 year playing profesonal darts
Highest Paid Athletes 2011: What Athletes Are Making The Most Money In Sports? | Bleacher Report
ESPN Presents Their List Of Highest Paid Athletes In Sports In 2011
ESPN The Magazine has made a living by putting out specialty magazines every year. They started with the "Who's Next?" issue, which details the hot up and coming young stars in sports. They added the "Body" issue, which exists just to make all of us hate the way we look. Now, they have added the "Money" issue to their repertoire.
In the issue, which will be released on May 2, they take a look at the highest paid athletes in 30 different sports. There's a preview of the issue here.
The money leaders in the four major sports are Alex Rodriguez (MLB), Kobe Bryant (NBA), Peyton Manning (NFL) and Vincent Lecavalier & Roberto Luongo tied for the NHL lead.
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The two highest earning athletes were Rodriguez and Manny Pacquiao. Both men earned an estimated $32 million for the year.
Pacquiao is certainly worth his paycheck. His last two fights have did an '
estimated 1.7 million pay-per-view buys, including over 1 million for his last fight against Antonio Margarito.
Rodriguez's performance has declined to the point where that huge contract he signed with the Yankees is going to look really, really bad in a couple of years. But he has had a good start to this season, so maybe he will be well worth the $32 million that he is making.
The most surprising earner, to me at least, was Phil Taylor, professional dart player. He earned just over $1 million from the Professional Darts Corporation. If I knew there was that kind of money in darts, I would have taken it more seriously in my youth.
All told these athletes earned over $238 million dollars, or around $5 million per athlete.
|06-20-2012, 08:53 AM||#3 (permalink)|
Stange, but not a stanger
Phil is worth every penny. He is widely acknowledged as the best dart player ever. At last count, he was a 15 time world champion. He is truly amazing to watch. He draws huge crowds to the tournaments and Premiere League matches. Not sure I would call him an athlete though. It requires certain physical skills, but I don't think Phil will be modeling jockey shorts any time soon.