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FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR. tops SI’s Fortunate 50 list for the third consecutive year, and the boxer “does it all without any endorsements,” according to Daniel Roberts of SI. TIGER WOODS and PHIL MICKELSON have off-the-course endorsements that “keep them high on this list; thanks to fat signing bonuses on new contracts.” Two athletes who “aren’t even playing this season (but have not retired)” -- NBAer GILBERT ARENAS and MLBer VERNON WELLS -- “made the list due to deferred money.” Among those who dropped off the list are Yankees SS DEREK JETER and suspended 3B ALEX RODRIGUEZ. SI’s findings “consist solely of (pre-tax) salary, winnings, bonuses and paid endorsements (additional earnings athletes get from speaking engagements and their own side businesses are not reflected).” For auto racing and tennis, prize money comes from the '13 calendar year. Golf tournament winnings are from May 5, 2013 through April 20, 2014. Boxing purses are for the '14 calendar year and include projected money from bouts later this year (FORTUNE.com, 6/17)
SI FORTUNATE 50 LISTRANK
NAMESALARY/WINNINGSENDORSEMENTSTOTAL1 Floyd Mayweather Jr.$105,000,000$0$105,000,0002 LeBron James$19,067,500$38,000,000$57,067,5003 Kobe Bryant$30,453,805$20,000,000$50,453,8054 Aaron Rodgers$40,000,000$5,800,000$45,800,0005 Peyton Manning$25,000,000$12,500,000$37,500,0006 Phil Mickelson$4,221,975$33,000,000$37,221,9757 Tiger Woods$4,500,758$31,000,000$35,500,7588 Tom Brady$31,000,000$4,000,000$35,000,0009 Derrick Rose$17,632,688$17,000,000$34,632,68810 Matthew Stafford$31,500,000$1,500,000$33,000,00011 Joe Flacco$30,000,000$2,200,000$32,200,00012 Matt Ryan$30,000,000$1,500,000$31,500,00013 Kevin Durant$17,832,627$13,000,000$30,832,62714 Dwyane Wade$18,637,000$10,000,000$28,637,00015 Zack Greinke$28,000,000$0$28,000,00016 Tony Romo$26,500,000$1,250,000$27,750,00017 Robinson Cano$24,000,000$3,000,000$27,000,00018 Ryan Howard$25,000,000$1,100,000$26,100,00019 Calvin Johnson$25,000,000$900,000$25,900,00020 Carmelo Anthony$21,388,954$4,500,000$25,888,95421 Amar'e Stoudemire$21,679,893$4,000,000$25,679,89322 Albert Pujols$23,000,000$2,500,000$25,500,00023 Cliff Lee$25,000,000$270,000$25,270,00024 Clay Matthews$22,020,000$3,100,000$25,120,00025 Prince Fielder$24,000,000$400,000$24,400,00026 Joe Mauer$23,000,000$1,300,000$24,300,00027 CC Sabathia$23,000,000$1,000,000$24,000,00028 Jimmie Johnson$17,863,547$5,900,000$23,763,54729 Dwight Howard$20,513,178$3,000,000$23,513,17830 Felix Hernandez$22,857,000$600,000$23,457,00031 Chris Paul$18,668,431$4,500,000$23,168,43132 Dirk Nowitzki$22,721,381$400,000$23,121,38133 Gilbert Arenas$23,000,000$20,000$23,020,00034 Blake Griffin$16,441,500$6,500,000$22,941,50035 Cole Hamels$22,500,000$350,000$22,850,00036 Miguel Cabrera$22,000,000$800,000$22,800,00037 Mark Teixeira$22,500,000$220,000$22,720,00038 Clayton Kershaw$22,000,000$700,000$22,700,00039 Serena Williams$12,385,572$10,000,000$22,385,57240 Joe Johnson$21,466,718$900,000$22,366,71841 Masahiro Tanaka$22,000,000$0$22,000,00042 Adrian Gonzalez$21,000,000$425,000$21,425,00043 Matt Kemp$21,000,000$400,000$21,400,00044 Pau Gasol$19,285,850$2,100,000$21,385,85045 Jacoby Ellsbury$21,142,857$70,000$21,212,85746 Chris Bosh$19,067,500$2,000,000$21,067,50047 Vernon Wells$21,000,000$0$21,000,00048 Justin Verlander$20,000,000$700,000$20,700,00049 Eli Manning$13,500,000$7,000,000$20,500,00050 Carl Crawford$20,250,000$120,000$20,370,000
MONEY TEAM: ESPN’s Mike Greenberg said Mayweather being first on the list “for some reason continues to crack me up.” ESPN’s Mike Golic added Mayweather’s top-billing “is amazing because zero dollars of that are endorsements. You look at everybody else and their endorsements far outweigh their earnings” (“Mike & Mike,” ESPN Radio, 6/18).
Officials from Spike TV, whose parent company Viacom bought a majority stake in Bellator in '11, yesterday confirmed that the MMA outfit has “parted ways” with Founder, Chair & CEO BJORN REBNEY, “effective immediately,” according to Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com. Bellator “also parted ways” with President & COO TIM DANAHER who is being replaced by former Strikeforce CEO SCOTT COKER. Rebney said that the spilt was “caused by differences in ‘strategic direction.’” Rebney, along with investors, “founded Bellator MMA” in ‘08. Danaher said, "Viacom, Tim and I differed in our views of the right strategic direction for Bellator. I feel very privileged and honored to have been one of the guiding forces for developing Bellator into the largest MMA tournament-based organization in the world." Coker brings “more than 25 years of experience in promoting combat sports” to Bellator. He founded Strikeforce in ’85 and sold the MMA outfit to UFC in '11 (ESPN.com, 6/18).
Former NFLer BRETT FAVRE is throwing his support behind U.S. Sen. THAD COCHRAN (R-Miss.), appearing in a new campaign ad to help Cochran "pull out an overtime win in his runoff battle" with primary challenger CHRIS MCDANIEL, according to Alexandra Jaffe of THE HILL. Favre in the ad, which is being funded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, "touts Cochran as Mississippi's 'strong voice in Washington.'" Favre said, "I’ve learned through football that strong leadership can mean the difference between winning and losing. Trust me, Mississippi can win." Favre, a Mississippi native who played his college football at the Univ. of Southern Mississippi, is "still well-known and liked in the state (THEHILL.com, 6/18). Favre could help Cochran "in South Mississippi, especially around the Hattiesburg area, where McDaniel had his strongest showing." USM is located in Hattiesburg (Jackson CLARION-LEDGER, 6/19). Favre sports a thick gray beard in the ad, and MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said the former MVP resembles "the guy in the Dr Pepper commercial who eats bark off of trees and canoes with bears." He also commented on Favre's hair style, saying the mullet "is coming back" ("Morning Joe," MSNBC, 6/19).
The NFLPA has brought on DC-based Forbes-Tate, as a federal registration states that the firm "will be lobbying on 'issues related to collective bargaining agreements and the workplace.'" Lobbyists JEFF FORBES, DAN TATE and RACHEL MILLER are listed on the account. The NFLPA "also has Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock, which it hired in October." Meanwhile, the Big 12 Conference "has hired a lobbying firm amid growing threats" to the NCAA’s amateur model. The conference "has brought on former Missouri Rep. KENNY HULSHOF of the law firm Polsinelli PC to lobby on issues related to student welfare." This comes after the NCAA "hired Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck to lobby on the same issues of student welfare" (POLITICO.com, 6/18).
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NAMES: Nuggets G NATE ROBINSON and writer JOHN FINKEL have teamed up on a new book, “HEART OVER HEIGHT” (Nuggets)….”DUCK DYNASTY” star WILLIE ROBERTSON and U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair MARTIN DEMPSEY were at Nationals Park on Tuesday night to visit Nationals 1B ADAM LAROCHE (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 6/18)….Former NFLer KRIS DIELMAN has “put his home in the Pacific Beach neighborhood of Sand Diego up for sale” at $2.35M (LATIMES.com, 6/18)....Hockey HOFer VLADISLAV TRETIAK has “won a contest between two Russian ice hockey greats to be re-elected as the president of the national federation.” Tretiak yesterday defeated fellow Hockey HOFer VIACHESLAV FETISOV “by 125 votes to 11 at the federation conference." Tretiak “wins a third consecutive four-year term in a position he has held” since ’06 (AP, 6/18).
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