SBD/July 18, 2012/People and Pop Culture

Floyd Mayweather Jr Tops SI.com's "Fortunate 50" List; Tiger Tumbles To No. 3

Boxer FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR tops SI.com's "Fortunate 50" list, the "first time since SI.com began publishing" the list in '04 that TIGER WOODS is not No. 1, according to Michael McKnight of SI.com. Woods ranks third this year, with fellow golfer PHIL MICKELSON coming in at No. 2. Mayweather was "unranked a year ago but scored two huge pay-per-view paydays to earn $85 million without a single endorsement." NBA players took up 18 spots last year, but that was cut to 13 this year. NBAers, who have "historically claimed more spots in the Fortunate 50 than any other group, had their salaries slashed" by nearly 20% due to the lockout-shortened '11-12 season. The endorsement estimates for the list "came from Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing, other sports-marketing executives and analysts, and agents." Salary figures "were based on current or most recently completed seasons." The '11 calendar was used for "winnings-based sports" (SI.com, 7/16). Meanwhile ROGER FEDERER tops the "International 20" for the fourth straight year, but this year's list "is marked by DAVID BECKHAM's return to the top 5, and MANNY PACQUIAO's fall from it" (SI.com, 7/16).

RK ATHLETE
SALARY/EARNINGS
ENDORSEMENTS
TOTAL
1) Floyd Mayweather Jr.
$85,000,000
$0
$85,000,000
2) Phil Mickelson
$3,763,488
$57,000,000
$60,763,488
3) Tiger Woods
$1,940,238
$54,500,000
$56,440,238
4) Kobe Bryant
$20,286,000
$28,000,000
$48,286,000
5) LeBron James
$12,880,000
$33,000,000
$45,880,000
6) Alex Rodriguez
$30,000,000
$3,500,000
$33,500,000
7) Peyton Manning
$18,000,000
$13,000,000
$31,000,000
8) Dale Earnhardt Jr
$4,164,690
$24,000,000
$28,164,690
9) Derek Jeter
$15,729,364
$12,000,000
$27,729,364
10) Larry Fitzgerald
$26,250,000
$500,000
$26,750,000
11) Kevin Durant
$14,000,000
$12,480,840
$26,480,840
12) Joe Mauer
$23,000,000
$2,750,000
$25,750,000
13) Mario Williams
$25,000,000
$500,000
$25,500,000
14) Dwight Howard
$14,490,000
$11,000,000
$25,490,000
15) Carmelo Anthony
$14,907,450
$10,000,000
$24,907,450
16) Dwyane Wade
$12,638,000
$12,000,000
$24,638,000
17) Vernon Wells
$24,187,500
$250,000
$24,437,500
18) Jeff Gordon
$5,912,830
$18,000,000
$23,912,830
19) Derrick Rose
$5,621,880
$18,230,770
$23,852,650
20) CC Sabathia
$23,000,000
$800,000
$23,800,000
21) Mark Teixeira
$23,125,000
$250,000
$23,375,000
22) Prince Fielder
$23,000,000
$250,000
$23,250,000
23) Calvin Johnson
$21,750,000
$1,000,000
$22,750,000
24) Amar'e Stoudemire
$14,665,250
$8,000,000
$22,665,250
25) Adrian Gonzalez
$21,857,142
$500,000
$22,357,142
26) Tom Brady
$12,250,000
$10,000,000
$22,250,000
27) Kevin Garnett
$17,103,870
$5,000,000
$22,103,870
28) Justin Verlander
$20,100,000
$2,000,000
$22,100,000
29t) Cliff Lee
$21,500,000
$500,000
$22,000,000
29t) Tony Stewart
$6,530,000
$15,470,000
$22,000,000
31) Eli Manning
$11,750,000
$10,000,000
$21,750,000
32) Ryan Howard
$20,000,000
$1,500,000
$21,500,000
33) Jimmie Johnson
$6,269,360
$14,703,640
$21,000,000
34) Tim Duncan
$17,146,500
$3,500,000
$20,646,500
35) Roy Halladay
$20,000,000
$250,000
$20,250,000
36t) Barry Zito
$19,000,000
$1,000,000
$20,000,000
36t) Carl Crawford
$19,500,000
$500,000
$20,000,000
36t) Albert Pujols
$12,000,000
$8,000,000
$20,000,000
39) Arian Foster
$18,000,000
$1,750,000
$19,750,000
40) Chris Paul
$13,169,643
$6,000,000
$19,169,643
41) Torii Hunter
$18,500,000
$200,000
$18,700,000
42) Rashard Lewis
$17,015,000
$750,000
$17,765,000
43) Kevin Kolb
$17,500,000
$0
$17,500,000
44) Josh Beckett
$17,000,000
$200,000
$17,200,000
45) Jake Peavy
$17,000,000
$150,000
$17,150,000
46) Robert Mathis
$17,000,000
$125,000
$17,125,000
47) Calais Campbell
$17,000,000
$100,000
$17,100,000
48) Chris Bosh
$12,898,112
$4,000,000
$16,898,112
49) A.J. Burnett
$16,500,000
$275,000
$16,775,000
50) Charles Woodson
$15,562,500
$250,000
$15,812,500

DISSECTING THE LIST: Syndicated radio host Dan Patrick discussed the list on his show yesterday, saying of Mayweather, “How long did he fight, like 35 minutes maybe?” Patrick said of Woods, “Isn’t it amazing ... with all the endorsements that Tiger lost that he would still be in the top five? I think that’s what’s surprising because it was abandon ship there. Now you’ve had some other brands that have come back, some stayed with him.” Meanwhile, he noted that Angels LF VERNON WELLS was the most "surprising" person on the list and said, “Man, it’s surprising that people didn’t think that was a bad deal when they signed it. You know I said, ‘Really, Vernon Wells?’ The Wells family is not going to show up to see Vernon Wells” ("The Dan Patrick Show," 7/17).
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