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Top 10 Richest Athletes in the World

Posted by ZA on July 1, 2009

The economies of the World may be slumping, but the business of sports is still booming.  The top leagues, teams and athletes will all still be pulling in plenty of money this year.  From rich team contracts, to astronomical earnings, to lucrative endorsement deals.  There will be lots of cash pouring into the bank accounts of the top athletes in sports.   But which athletes are the richest?  Which are the top earning athletes in the World today?  CNNSI has recently released their 2009 list of the Fortunate 50, which is a list of the 50 top earning athletes in the United States.  They also published their list of the top 20 earning International athletes.  Below is a compilation of the two lists, so it is a list of the top 10 earning athletes in the World today.

Top Earning Athletes in World:
1. Tiger Woods ($99MM)
2. Phil Mickelson ($52MM)
3. David Beckham ($45MM)
4. Lebron James ($42MM)
5. Kimi Raikkonen ($40.1MM)
6. Manny Pacquiao ($40MM)
7. Lionel Messi ($39.9MM)
8. Alex Rodriguez ($39MM)
9. Fernando Alonso ($35MM)
9. Valentino Rossi ($35MM)
9. Shaquille O’Neal ($35MM)
10. Kevin Garnett ($34.7MM)


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Golfsmith backing Mickelson & Mediate at 2009 US Open

Posted by ZA on June 10, 2009

Golfsmith is at it again…for the second time this year they are offering a free driver to their customers IF a certain golfer wins a golf tournament.  Back in April the golf superstore offered a free TaylorMade driver if Sergio Garcia won the 2009.  The catch?  You had to purchase the driver prior to completion of the final round of The Masters.  After shooting a 67 in the 2nd round, Sergio eventually faded to finish tied for 38th.  So there were no free TaylorMade drivers.

This time Golfsmith is backing two huge fan favorites, Phil Mickelson and Rocco Mediate.  Mickelson captured the hearts of the New York crowds at the 2002 US Open when he battled Tiger Woods down to the wire, eventually finishing 2nd.  Rocco achieved a similar feat in the 2008 US Open, by taking eventually winner Tiger Woods to an extra 18 holes of golf to determine the winner.  Both will have a tremendous amount of crowd support at Bethpage Black…and now on TV from golf fans around the country who want to win a free Callaway driver.  Golfsmith will offer a free Callaway if Phil or Rocco wins at Bethpage.

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