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(ESPN)   Here is a list of the top paid "athletes" in 30 "sports" based on salaries and or prize money from 2011. Who knew eating hot dogs could earn you $218,500   (espn.go.com) divider line 68
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2012-05-03 09:40:15 AM
Eating competitively seems more difficult than playing baseball.
 
2012-05-03 09:42:49 AM
"Who knew eating hot dogs could earn you $218,500"


Subby should have just asked his mom. She knows about getting paid for gobbling wieners.
 
2012-05-03 09:47:56 AM
The NHL and NFL leaders surprised me
 
2012-05-03 09:48:58 AM
I wish more of the time I spent in bars when I was young was spent focused on mastering the craft of Darts. If I had only known what kind of bank I could have made.
 
2012-05-03 09:55:56 AM

Gunny Highway: The NHL and NFL leaders surprised me


The NHL number is odd because that means there's no one earning the league per-player max of $11.88 million.

Who would you think makes more than Peyton Manning?
 
2012-05-03 09:57:27 AM

meanmutton: Gunny Highway: The NHL and NFL leaders surprised me

The NHL number is odd because that means there's no one earning the league per-player max of $11.88 million.

Who would you think makes more than Peyton Manning?


Charles Johnson (last season)
 
2012-05-03 09:59:22 AM

p the boiler: I wish more of the time I spent in bars when I was young was spent focused on mastering the craft of Darts. If I had only known what kind of bank I could have made.


While in Europe I was watching some British tv channel and they take Darts pretty farkin seriously over there. It was strangely addicting to watch.

/One Hundred Eiiiiigggghhhttttyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!
 
2012-05-03 09:59:22 AM
Ga-Young Kim only makes 70K a year? She could make more than that as a stripper.

/No I'm not serious.
//Well maybe a little.
 
2012-05-03 10:04:54 AM
Don't get me wrong, I couldn't get up to that level where I'd command that money, but damn, $32 million for two fights. Pretty impressive for the dumbest sport in the world.
 
2012-05-03 10:05:33 AM

Gunny Highway: meanmutton: Gunny Highway: The NHL and NFL leaders surprised me

The NHL number is odd because that means there's no one earning the league per-player max of $11.88 million.

Who would you think makes more than Peyton Manning?

Charles Johnson (last season)


Well, the question is -- how do they measure this sort of thing? I'm pretty sure that Charles Johnson made most of his money last season on bonuses. I know that Calvin Johnson just did a big renegotiation and got some insane bonus money this year.

The problem is that the NFL does weird things with bonuses because of their weird non-guaranteed contracts and weird salary cap. If you look at average annual salary over the life of a contract, annual cap number, or actual salary actually paid, you're going to get three radically different numbers.
 
2012-05-03 10:06:18 AM

meanmutton: Gunny Highway: The NHL and NFL leaders surprised me

The NHL number is odd because that means there's no one earning the league per-player max of $11.88 million.


And look at the results that both of those players have had this year. Both of their respective teams are now being crushed under the weight of their long-term contracts. Lecavalier had his worst season (points-wise) in ten years and the Lightning missed the playoffs. Vancouver has been bounced out of the playoffs by the Kings after Luongo had lost the starting goalie position (and is now asking to be traded).
 
2012-05-03 10:07:07 AM

IAmRight: Don't get me wrong, I couldn't get up to that level where I'd command that money, but damn, $32 million for two fights. Pretty impressive for the dumbest sport in the world.


The thing that blows my mind is that there are enough PPV subscribers willing to spend the money for a single fight. At least with UFC PPVs, you always get a half dozen fights.
 
2012-05-03 10:09:12 AM
What a useless way to sort a chart.
 
2012-05-03 10:11:53 AM
FTFA: "Updated: April 20, 2011, 7:50 PM ET

This story appears in the May 2, 2011, issue of ESPN The Magazine.
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2012-05-03 10:12:13 AM
Mark San chez?
 
2012-05-03 10:29:53 AM

IAmRight: Don't get me wrong, I couldn't get up to that level where I'd command that money, but damn, $32 million for two fights. Pretty impressive for the dumbest sport in the world.


And only $400K for champion sumo guy? That doesn't begin to cover his food plus health care expenses.

The weirdest number on that list to me is $17.4M for a jockey. I know there's a ton of money in the sport, I just didn't think he could grab so much away from the breeders and trainers, especially with his tiny, tiny hands.

$1.04M for darts is funny as well, especially next to all the "extreme" sports people who may be killed or mangled by their sport, and pull in about 1/10 that.
 
2012-05-03 10:33:05 AM
Wow...the top fisherman earned almost $1million?!??!!?!?
 
2012-05-03 10:42:52 AM
The fact that a baseball player is making $32 million to do absolutely fark all most of the time is beyond me.
 
2012-05-03 10:43:43 AM

chimp_ninja: The weirdest number on that list to me is $17.4M for a jockey. I know there's a ton of money in the sport, I just didn't think he could grab so much away from the breeders and trainers, especially with his tiny, tiny hands.


Well, it said that's not his cut, but the overall purses won. Which was another thing I wanted to take issue with, since it's a stupid inclusion on an income chart.

"Oh hey this guy works at Google so his salary was the amount that Google profited over the year!"
 
2012-05-03 10:48:00 AM
Eating hot dogs = sport

WNBA = not a sport?
 
2012-05-03 10:57:20 AM

cjmook21: Eating hot dogs = sport

WNBA = not a sport?


I don't think the NBA would be terribly pleased if the number gets mentioned; it's something like an average of $50k/yr. That's why they head to Russia to play; they can get something like ten times that I heard once.

/But you have to stand in line for beet rations
//Doubt some of them can get Blahnik's in their size
 
2012-05-03 10:59:16 AM

cjmook21: Eating hot dogs = sport

WNBA = not a sport?


correct
 
2012-05-03 11:04:55 AM
Odd they left out a couple. Would love to see what Shawn White and Travis Rice makes. I bet they make a farkin grip.
 
2012-05-03 11:08:30 AM
Poker Jonathan Duhamel Various Land-Based Tournament Winnings, April 4, 2010- April 3, 2011 $9,443,519

He doesn't want to say how much he's won in international waters. Probably ashamed that the monkey knife fights have bigger purses.
 
2012-05-03 11:09:57 AM

meanmutton: Gunny Highway: The NHL and NFL leaders surprised me

The NHL number is odd because that means there's no one earning the league per-player max of $11.88 million.


The only number NHL teams care about is the "cap hit", which is the average salary over the course of the contract. To get players to sign longer term contracts with lower cap hits you often see teams pay the players a large amount in the first few years of a contract, then much less near the end. Lecavalier and Luongu are on such contracts.

The players with the largest cap hit are who you'd expect: Ovechkin, Crosby, and Malkin.
 
2012-05-03 11:11:22 AM
I was surprised boxing was tied for the highest paid sport on the list. I guess it isn't in as much a decline as people say.
 
2012-05-03 11:11:22 AM

VarmintCong: He doesn't want to say how much he's won in international waters.


Well it's tough to count internet winnings.

And tougher since the crackdown on poker sites.

/but really, this list is super old. So we should all feel bad for talking about it
 
2012-05-03 11:25:36 AM

meanmutton: The thing that blows my mind is that there are enough PPV subscribers willing to spend the money for a single fight. At least with UFC PPVs, you always get a half dozen fights.


That is PPV $ from all over the world. He is the biggest star in the Philippines.

degenerate-afro: Ga-Young Kim only makes 70K a year? She could make more than that as a stripper.


"...excludes endoresements, appearance fees, sponsorship money and other sources of extra income,. "
 
2012-05-03 11:26:21 AM
Every year disc golf tops out at 40,000 in tournament winnings for the guy who did well in the majors and played over 30 events.
 
2012-05-03 11:31:31 AM

IAmRight: chimp_ninja: The weirdest number on that list to me is $17.4M for a jockey. I know there's a ton of money in the sport, I just didn't think he could grab so much away from the breeders and trainers, especially with his tiny, tiny hands.

Well, it said that's not his cut, but the overall purses won. Which was another thing I wanted to take issue with, since it's a stupid inclusion on an income chart.

"Oh hey this guy works at Google so his salary was the amount that Google profited over the year!"


So, really, 5-10% of that number is more reasonable? Still a ton of cash.
 
2012-05-03 11:34:16 AM

AUAIOMRN: meanmutton: Gunny Highway: The NHL and NFL leaders surprised me

The NHL number is odd because that means there's no one earning the league per-player max of $11.88 million.


The only number NHL teams care about is the "cap hit", which is the average salary over the course of the contract. To get players to sign longer term contracts with lower cap hits you often see teams pay the players a large amount in the first few years of a contract, then much less near the end. Lecavalier and Luongu are on such contracts.

The players with the largest cap hit are who you'd expect: Ovechkin, Crosby, and Malkin.


Datsyuk's $6.7 million a year seems like a huge bargain compared to Lecavalier.
 
2012-05-03 11:37:25 AM

meanmutton: So, really, 5-10% of that number is more reasonable? Still a ton of cash.


Yeah, it's still good pay, but it's just a really dishonest/lazy way of reporting. If you don't know, then don't put it in the list - you already ignored the WNBA, it's not like people are going to notice if you don't include horse racing.
 
2012-05-03 11:38:54 AM

TonnageVT: The fact that a baseball player is making $32 million to do absolutely fark all most of the time is beyond me.


Just sayin'... if it seems so easy, why not grab a bat and try to hit a curveball?
 
2012-05-03 11:40:23 AM

TonnageVT: The fact that a baseball player is making $32 million to do absolutely fark all most of the time is beyond me.


You're really dumb. That might be the problem.

Do the math. 162 games, half of which are at home, and sold out every single time. The YES Network has millions of subscribers, and that money gets put back into the team. There is no salary cap in baseball, so players earn on a free market. A-Rod deserves his paycheck whether you like it or not. At least he did when he signed it (he's getting kinda old now).

Or is your problem with baseball in general? Try hitting a ball going 90 MPH and see if you think it's so easy. Do it 30% of the time and you'll make the HoF.
 
2012-05-03 11:42:07 AM

p the boiler: I wish more of the time I spent in bars when I was young was spent focused on mastering the craft of Darts. If I had only known what kind of bank I could have made.


Hell, I'm going to the bar right now!! Professional dart tour here I come!
 
2012-05-03 11:42:20 AM

homarjr: Try hitting a ball going 90 MPH and see if you think it's so easy. Do it 30% of the time and you'll make the HoF.


Not really, you'll have to get it to a position in the field where you can get to first base before the ball arrives.
 
2012-05-03 11:46:04 AM

meanmutton:
Who would you think makes more than Peyton Manning?

Charles Johnson (last season)

Well, the question is -- how do they measure this sort of thing? I'm pretty sure that Charles Johnson made most of his money last season on bonuses. I know that Calvin Johnson just did a big renegotiation and got some insane bonus money this year.

The problem is that the NFL does weird things with bonuses because of their weird non-guaranteed contracts and weird salary cap. If you look at average annual salary over the life of a contract, annual cap number, or actual salary actually paid, you're going to get three radically different numbers.


I saw this explained somewhere, and basically all it means is that of all the players who signed new contracts last year, his had the biggest up front bonus. It was something like $2M salary plus $30M signing bonus. So there are many players who have a higher salary, but didn't take home as much last year.
 
2012-05-03 12:17:46 PM
I always wonder how big Joey Chestnut's shiats look like after a competition.

Imagine what it'd be like to shiat out 75 hotdogs. It'd be an amazing shiat.
 
2012-05-03 12:46:11 PM
#1 makes no sense. There is no way Kimi Raikkonnen made $13.6M off of World Rally Championship winnings in 2010. First off, he was racing for the Citroen Junior Team, which IIRC was all client drivers, meaning he had to (get his sponsors to) pay the team, not the other way round. But more importantly:

Kimi Raikkonnen's 2010 WRC Record
Sweden: 29th
Mexico: DNF
Jordan: 8th
Turkey: 5th
Portugal: 10th
Bulgaria: 11th
Finland: 25th
Germany: 7th
Japan: DNF
France: DNF
Wales: 8th

If that record netted $13.6M in "race winnings", then Sebastien Loeb's 70 overall rally wins and 8 world championships would have made him a billionaire by now. I call shenanigans.
 
2012-05-03 12:55:38 PM
I just did more research, and the Raikkonen claim sounds even more like BS. I can't find a single shred of evidence that the WRC offers any prize money at all.
 
2012-05-03 01:05:07 PM
More proof that people who are entertained by sport have more money than sense.
 
2012-05-03 01:20:50 PM

VarmintCong: Poker Jonathan Duhamel Various Land-Based Tournament Winnings, April 4, 2010- April 3, 2011 $9,443,519


$8,944,310 is from winning the WSOP main event.
 
2012-05-03 01:32:02 PM
Since they didn't list professional bicycling:

The minimum salary for a Pro Tour rider is €35,000. (€ 24,000 for a new professional). A good domestique will make between €40k-€100k per year. A very good domestique (perhaps a lead-out man) will make between €100k-€200k.

If a ProTour rider wins a stage in the Tour de France (and nothing else) he will be able to negotiate a salary of around €150k for the next season. If a rider wins a stage of the Giro or Vuelta he might be able to negotiate just over the €100k mark, but not much more. Winning a major Classic (Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Amstel Gold, etc) is a bigger deal than a Grand Tour stage win. If a rider wins one of the Classics he'll be able to negotiate over €200k. A rider with a good mix of placings and wins in the major races can make anywhere between €300k and €600k+. Of course the more big wins a rider scores, the more he'll make. Guys like Cadel, Cancellara, the Schlecks, and Cavendish are making anywhere between €1M - €3M.
 
2012-05-03 01:34:55 PM

ChaffedTitty: More proof that people who are entertained by sport have more money than sense there are way more people entertained by sports than making a living at sports.


FTFY
 
2012-05-03 01:35:46 PM

IAmRight: homarjr: Try hitting a ball going 90 MPH and see if you think it's so easy. Do it 30% of the time and you'll make the HoF.

Not really, you'll have to get it to a position in the field where you can get to first base before the ball arrives.


For $30MM I'll stick my head in front of the catcher's mitt. Pinch runner can take the base.

/hope I wake up
 
2012-05-03 01:39:56 PM

SpaceButler: #1 makes no sense. There is no way Kimi Raikkonnen made $13.6M off of World Rally Championship winnings in 2010. First off, he was racing for the Citroen Junior Team, which IIRC was all client drivers, meaning he had to (get his sponsors to) pay the team, not the other way round. But more importantly:

Kimi Raikkonnen's 2010 WRC Record
Sweden: 29th
Mexico: DNF
Jordan: 8th
Turkey: 5th
Portugal: 10th
Bulgaria: 11th
Finland: 25th
Germany: 7th
Japan: DNF
France: DNF
Wales: 8th

If that record netted $13.6M in "race winnings", then Sebastien Loeb's 70 overall rally wins and 8 world championships would have made him a billionaire by now. I call shenanigans.


It's likely that includes the money Ferrari paid him not to race for them so they could sign Alonso.
 
2012-05-03 02:00:47 PM

relaxitsjustme: For $30MM I'll stick my head in front of the catcher's mitt. Pinch runner can take the base.


The hardest part will be finding a team that will pay you that much for 1 walk a game.
 
2012-05-03 02:06:16 PM

Lifeless: It's likely that includes the money Ferrari paid him not to race for them so they could sign Alonso.


I had already subtracted that. The article says $26.3M, of which $12.7M came from Ferrari terminating his contract early, leaving $13.6M which they explain as "race winnings".
 
2012-05-03 02:07:20 PM

homarjr: Or is your problem with baseball in general? Try hitting a ball going 90 MPH and see if you think it's so easy. Do it 30% of the time and you'll make the HoF.


This part.

Hell, A-Rod can't hit a 90mph curve ball half the time. Still doesn't justify the money. What does he do when he's not trying to hit a curve ball? standing around or sitting in the dugout.

Other than pitchers, no baseball player is "athletic" enough to make that kind of money.

shiat sport.
 
2012-05-03 02:29:30 PM

TonnageVT: homarjr: Or is your problem with baseball in general? Try hitting a ball going 90 MPH and see if you think it's so easy. Do it 30% of the time and you'll make the HoF.

This part.

Hell, A-Rod can't hit a 90mph curve ball half the time. Still doesn't justify the money. What does he do when he's not trying to hit a curve ball? standing around or sitting in the dugout.

Other than pitchers, no baseball player is "athletic" enough to make that kind of money.

shiat sport.


I realize you're just a troll, but I need a break from work.....

First of all, playing third base is a lot different than "standing around". And not a single person on the planet can hit a 90mph curve ball "half the time" (the fact that a curve ball will rarely, if ever, go that fast is another story).

Second, he deserves that kind of money, or he wouldn't make it. That's how the free market works. If he, or any other athlete, didn't make it, then it'd be in the pockets of the rich people who own the team. You tell me which is better? Because either way, the money is there.

Third, you need to define "athletic". I can probably run faster than most NFL guards. Does that make me more athletic than them? It takes a serious amount of mental and physical ability to hit a baseball, especially on a consistent enough basis to play in the pros.

Fourth, quit trolling. You're embarrassing yourself.
 
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