Sports Illustrated Names 50 Highest-Earning American Athletes

Sports Illustrated released its annual analysis of the highest-earning American athletes, with Tiger Woods staying in the number one spot despite losing $22 million in endorsements since last year.

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Tiger Woods, the highest-earning American athlete on Sports Illustrated’s annual analysis, earned $20.5 million in salary and winnings and $70 million in endorsements for a total of $90.5 million. The 2009 list reported over $7.7 million in salary and winnings and $92 million in endorsements, totaling almost $100 million. Tiger Woods’ divorce cost him millions in endorsements. He was dropped by Gatorade, AT&T and Accenture.

Pro Golfer and Tiger Woods rival, Phil Mickelson, came in second place, earning over $9.5 million in salary and winnings and $52 million in endorsements for a total of almost $62 million. Mickelson took second place last year as well, with approximately $6.4 million in salary and earnings and $46.6 million in endorsements for a total of almost $53 million.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. broke back into the top 10 after falling off the list last year, landing at number 3 and knocking LeBron James down to number 4. Mayweather’s earnings were reported as $60 million in salary and winnings and $250,000 in endorsements for a total of $60.25 million. Winning matches against Juan Manuel Marquez and Shane Mosley boosted him $40 million.

LeBron James came in 4th this year, earning almost $16 million in salary and winnings and $30 million in endorsements for a total of almost $46 million.

Rounding out the top ten are:

5. Alex Rodriguez with a total of $37 million
6. Shaquille O’Neal with a total of $36 million
7. Kobe Bryant with a total of over $33 million
8. Derek Jeter with a total of $31 million
9. Peyton Manning with a total of $30.8 million
10. Dwyane Wade with a total of almost $28 million

Names missing from the top ten that made the 2009 list are Kevin Garnett and Allen Iverson. Garnett dropped to number 15 with his salary and winnings dropping almost $10K. Allen Iverson didn’t even make the top 50 this year.

To read more about the top 10 highest-earning American athletes and to see who rounds out the top 50 visit sportsillustrated.cnn.com.

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