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Highest Paying Sports in the World
Highest Paying Sports in the World
1. Basketball
Famous basketball tournaments such as theNBAare well known as some of the highest paying events of the world. The participants get huge amounts of salary from their respected teams, as they also earn in millions from numerous of their endorsements. They have their signature shoes and jerseys to boost their yearly income. Basketball player Michael Jordan tops the Forbes list of Richest Players with $35.9 million in 1992, $36.0 million in 1993, $30.01 million in 1994, $43.9 million in 1995, $78.3 million in 1997 and $69 million in 1998. Another legendary basketball player Shaquille ONeal achieved the 6th place in the Forbes list of Richest Players with $15.2 million in 1993 and again achieved the 2nd place in the list with $16.7 million in 1994.
2. Boxing
One of the most dangerous sports of modern days, boxing, is also counted among the very best paying sporting event. Well known boxers earn huge amounts as their tournament prize money as they also get good amounts of profit from Pay Per View commissions, betting and endorsements. Legendary boxerMike Tysonfirst topped the Forbes list of Richest Players in 1991 with $28.6 million and repeated the same in 1996 with a total income of $75 million. Former international boxer Evander Holyfield topped the Forbes list of Richest Players with $60.5 million in 1992. After a short break as a contribution of the boxer in the Forbes list of Richest Players,Floyd Mayweathertopped the list with $85 million income in 2012 and again achieved the first place in 2014 with $105 million income.
3. Auto Racing
Many events of auto racing such as the Grand Prix of Formula1 or Nascar are considered among the highest paying events in the sports universe. The involvement of risks is compromised by great winning amounts and several endorsements of reputed brands. F1 legend Michael Schumacher achieved the first place of the Forbes list of Richest Players in 1999 with a total income of $49 million and again achieved the same in 2000 with $59 million. Long before that, Auto Racing driver Ayrton Senna achieved the 3rd place of Forbes list of Richest Players in 1992 with $22 million and the same year Nigel Mansell also achieved the 4th place in the list with a total income of $14.5 million.
4. Golf
Legendary golfer and one of the most successful athletes of any genre,Tiger Woods, still holds the history of achieving the first place in Forbes list of Richest Players, a record eleven times. He topped the Forbes list in 2002 with $69 million, in 2003 with $78 million, in 2004 with $80.3 million, in 2005 with $87 million, in 2006 with $90 million, in 2007 with $100 million, in 2008 with $115 million, in 2009 with $110 million, in 2010 with $105 million, in 2011 with $75 million and again in 2013 with a total income of $78.1 million. Long before Tiger Woods achievements, Jack Nickalus achieved the 3rd place in the list of richest players by Forbes in 1994 with $14.8 million and the same year Arnold Palmer also achieved the 4th place in the list with a total income of $13.6 million.
5. American Football
American Football is also counted as one of the highest paying sports in the world as the players frequently achieved position in theForbes list of Richest Players. Joe Montana first achieved the 7th place in the Forbes list in 1992 with a total income of $9.5 million. American Football player Deion Sanders achieved the 3rd place in the list in 1995 with a total income of $22.5 million. Famous NFL participant Peyton Manning achieved the 3rd place in the Forbes list of Richest Players in 2004 with $42 million. Michael Vick achieved the 4th place in the list in 2005 with $37.5 million. Another famous NFL star, Tom Brady, achieved the 9th place in the Forbes list of Richest Players in 2006 with a total income of $29 million.



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