Tiger Woods Remains Top Earning Athlete in America

     Golfer Tiger Woods might have lost millions of dollars in endorsements following his admittance of infidelity, but he still remains the top earning American athlete according to Sports Illustrated.

     Gatorade, AT&T and Accenture all dropped Woods after his off-course problems became public knowledge, costing him an untold millions of dollars.  He still walked away with $10 million after winning the FedEx Cup bonus, giving him a comfortable lead on SI's list.

     Wood's estimated total of earnings over $90 million was down $9 million from his 2009 earnings, but still almost  $30 million more than No. 2 , golfer Phil Mickelson.  I guess if you're making bank, being a douchebag and cheating on your wife is barely a dent in your wallet then, right?  Still, Woods has to pay up.  His ex-wife, Elin Nordegren, is reportedly getting $100 from the divorce.

     In third place is boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. making $60,250,000 and rounding out the top 5 is LeBron James with $45,779,912 and Alex Rodriguez with $37,000,000.

     This year's list marked the NFL's best showing with 15 players making the top 50.  The NBA was the top league on the list with 16 slots filled.  MLB players took up 13 of the spots and three NASCAR drivers made the list.

     See the rest of the top list after the jump.

1. Tiger Woods - $90,508,163
Last year: 1

2. Phil Mickelson - $61,660,757
Last year: 2

3. Floyd Mayweather Jr. - $60,250,000
Last year: NA

4. LeBron James - $45,779,912
Last year: 3

5. Alex Rodriguez - $37,000,000
Last year: 4

6. Shaquille O'Neal - $36,000,000
Last year: 5

7. Kobe Bryant - $33,034,375
Last year: 7

8. Derek Jeter - $31,000,000
Last year: 9

9. Peyton Manning - $30,800,000
Last year: 10

10. Dwayne Wade - $27,779,912
Last year: 12

The rest of the top 50 is available to view at SI.com.


kels said...

ewwww Tiger doesn't deserve any of that. And I am surprised to see Shaq still so high on the list.

hun*ter said...

Yeah, it's pretty unfortunate. But, as that one poster says, "It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice."

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