Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 at 12:30 pm  |  39 responses

LeBron James is the Second Highest Paid Athlete in America

According to SI‘s annual list of the highest paid athletes in the USA, LeBron James and his estimated earnings of $56.5 million in 2013 rank number two (numero uno is the boxer Floyd “Money” Wayweather). Other NBAers joining LeBron on the list’s Top 10 are Kobe Bryant (no. 4) and Derrick Rose (no. 7): “Floyd Mayweather was No. 1 on Sports Illustrated’s Fortunate 50 last year—knocking out Tiger Woods, who had been No. 1 every year since SI started producing the list in 2004—it looked like a fluke, the result of the $85 million he received for his fights with Victor Ortiz and Miguel Cotto. Now Mayweather is proving that he belongs at the top. From just two bouts this year, one earlier this month and the other scheduled for September, he will earn at least $90 million, and that’s conservative; he could make as much as $128 million. There are other notable shifts this year. LeBron James (No. 2) passed Kobe Bryant (No. 4). Tiger Woods (No. 5) is back above Phil Mickelson (No. 6)—thanks to $4 million more in tour winnings. Drew Brees wasn’t on last year’s list but he burst into the top five thanks to a $37 million signing bonus from his new contract. The findings consist solely of salary, winnings, bonuses and endorsements. SI consulted players’ associations, tour records, online databases, agents and media reports. The endorsement estimates come from a stable of marketing executives, agents and other experts, including Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing. Candidates for the Fortunate 50 must be U.S. citizens or play in a U.S.—based league. Endorsements reflect current deals, and salaries are based on current or most recently completed seasons.”

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  • RayJr

    Well he’s not nicknamed “Money” for nothing. A tenth of a billion dollars for 2 nights in a year is pretty amazing though.

  • http://twitter.com/RyanDeahn RyanDeahn

    He also spends like a beast though the who’s the most frugal will be the one who comes out on top in the long haul. That 30 for 30 broke was great at pointing this out.

  • spit hot fiyah

    after looking at that list i’m considering teaching my son how to play the game of base ball

  • Max

    Lol at Amaré being there.


    that documentary made athletes look as dumb as possible. guys blowing 150 million while im living comfortably with 35K a year. f that

  • shockexchange

    “The Rules” ranks number 1 as the most sought after doctrine in all of sports http://clicky.me/7dJj

  • pposse

    be comfortable at #2 bron bron that’ll be your permanent residence for eternity

  • LakeShow

    Such a terrible position to be in….

  • grammarpolice07

    I would let Mayweather beat the crap out of me for 10 minutes straight if I got paid $45 million.

  • pposse

    hopefully him and the heat will be in the position of losing tonights game!

  • shockexchange

    Hopefully Nazr Fugazzi will keep his behind on the bench where he belongs and quit tryna catch the fade.

  • pposse

    he apologized for shoving Lebron said it wasn’t something he wanted his kids to see, then basically described the play the same way i described it over here. That man actually made a jumper for the bulls in game 4, he should play if he can put the ball in the cup, he probably had the best fg% on the team!

  • shockexchange

    He “described the play the same way you described it?” Well, that solves it then. He still gets the “gas face.”

  • LP @ThisisEther

    their broke is not your broke tho…their broke is not being able to upgrade their 2013 Audi Coupe to the 2014 Lambo….

  • LLC#12

    They have a list for US, and a separate list for rest of the world… why not just combine the two? I’m sure I’m not the only one who cross-referenced between the two out of curiosity…

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    And then you can purchase your very own hospital!

  • bill

    Antoine Walker is sleeping in his. It’s the one hooked up to the tow truck.


    loool my 2002 civic is hating

  • bike

    I’d knock that back to 10 seconds bro. After 10 minutes you would be looking at sucking your liquid diet up your bung hole the rest of your short life.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    you also do not know money.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    smh at knicks contracts

  • davidR

    where do you live? in the bay area, $35k wouldn’t get your very far

  • http://twitter.com/EmmaWil45746430 Emma William

    L○νе my j○b, siոсе I’νе bееո briոgiոg  iո $82һ… I sit at һ○mе, mսsiс рlayiոg wһilе  I w○rκ iո fr○ոt ○f my ոеw  iMaс tһat I g○t ո○w tһat I’m  maκiոg it ○ոliոе, ..Fox83.com

  • Lloyd

    I read somewhere that he bought his girl a ring purely made of diamonds. That means instead of a gold, platinum, white gold, silver, (etc.) band…the thing was held together by smaller diamonds fused together with tiny brackets, as well as being set with large diamonds on the top. Sad thing is the ring costs more than I’l make my entire life most likely.

  • bike

    There are three Lakers in that list. That’s freakin’ amazing.

  • LakeShow

    I care not for monetary gain.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    i love money

  • ThaWindy

    The only difference is that Floyd has his own promotional co. I think the plan is, as long as boxing is around, mayweather promotions is around. Kinda like Oscar with Golden Boy.

  • Dagger

    One of the worst threads I’ve seen on Slam this year.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    send me pics of your moms twerking her cheeks

  • LakeShow

    That’s fairly obvious.

    One who cares for monetary gain will care least of ones own self worth.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.brodes Jay Brodes

    go kobe!!!

  • pposse

    have you seen Adrien Broner’s About Billions videos?..he might just be worse a lot worse than Floyd and he might be the main guy in boxing for the next 15 yrs (not counting Mayweathers remaining time). He was just at the gym over here yesterday playing basketball…really a respectful guy, loud and obnoxious but nonetheless him and his crew seemed to have their heads in the right place. Then i go home and youtube some of this guys videos.oh boy, what these boxers will do to sell their fights is incredible for all the wrong reasons.

  • Emma William Sucks

    go away spammer

  • Bandwagonfan

    Right. Pose the lebron hater. I think we should take a public bath together

  • Bandwagonfan

    dont other . This guy pose doing a countless research with the help of some experts to build some database of argument to mock the miami heat . And lebron as well.

  • Bandwagonfan

    Oh pose. You are really just a hater man

  • pposse

    i dont want to talk to a 14 yr old, you clearly can’t take a joke or understand that I’m a Bulls fan Bandwagon; get your facts straight ho

  • Bandwagonfan

    Yea thats why you talk to me now cause im not a 14yo. I thought you hate the heat more than you love thbulls. Cause you were expecting failure of heat instead of the bulls success.