Ranking the 50 highest-earning athletes in the U.S.

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No one can touch Tiger Woods, the runaway No. 1 for the fifth year in a row. Tiger's near $128 million haul is more than double his closest pursuer, Phil Mickelson at $62.4 million. As usual, hoops dominates the 50: More than half this year's list is made up of NBA players. There are 10 baseball players, seven football players, three NASCAR drivers, three golfers and one boxer -- and yet zero women.

Meanwhile, our International 20 list has seen a huge bump in average paycheck, thanks to the weak American dollar: 12 of the athletes earn their bread in foreign currencies from leagues outside the U.S. In the futures department, we tab the likes of Danica Patrick, Chris Paul and Joba Chamberlain to someday soon make the 50 in our Future Fortunates photo gallery.

As always, we limited our estimates to salary, winnings, bonuses, endorsements and appearances. Candidates for the 50 had to be American citizens. For an in-depth analysis of who's on the fifth annual Fortunate 50 and why, click here.


See the Fortunate 50 >>> HERE.
 
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The first 4 make more in endorsements than salary.
 
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The list is total B.S.

The WWE confirmed they didn't pay Floyd Mayweather Jr. $20,000,000 for Wrestlemania.

The salaries for the NASCAR drivers are wrong, Forbes just listed their prize winnings. The actual compensation structure is a base salary + guaranteed prize money + % of prize winnings for performance. (see Cup drivers heading to the bank in NASCAR - Tim Tuttle - SI.com )
 
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Who cares? They're all over paid. They play games. Excuse me, I'm going to puke.
 
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Who cares? They're all over paid. They play games. Excuse me, I'm going to puke.

I couldn't agree with you more. It's kinda sad actually that some of these athletes are role models for the youth in this country and have the intelligence of a gnat.
 

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