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The 50 highest-earning American athletes

  • 11
    Dwyane Wade

    Dwyane Wade

    Miami Heat (NBA)

    Last Year's Rank: 10
    1. $14,200,000
    2. $14,000,000
    3. $28,200,000

    Not to be outdone by LeBron, D-Wade spent nearly $11 million for his own new Miami mansion. It's just blocks from the house purchased by the third member of Heat's Big Three, Chris Bosh.

  • 12
    Sam Bradford

    Sam Bradford

    St. Louis Rams (NFL)

    Last Year's Rank: NR
    1. $26,800,000
    2. $450,000
    3. $27,250,000

    The Rams signed last year's No. 1 draft pick to the largest rookie deal in NFL history, with the bulk of money being paid out over 2011: an $18 million option bonus and an $8.4 million roster bonus.

  • 13
    Dale Earnhardt Jr.

    Dale Earnhardt Jr.

    Auto racing

    Last Year's Rank: 16
    1. $4,572,930
    2. $22,000,000
    3. $26,572,930

    It's amazing that a driver who hasn't won a race in more than three years is still his sport's top earner. The Earnhardt empire still accounts for around one-third of all merchandise sales in NASCAR.

  • 14
    Darrelle Revis

    Darrelle Revis

    New York Jets (NFL)

    Last Year's Rank: NR
    1. $25,000,000
    2. $750,000
    3. $25,750,000

    The three-time Pro Bowl corner reportedly wants $20 million a year. His 2011 haul is a good start: He'll make $24 million in salary and bonus payments based on his renegotiation from last September.

  • 15
    Jim Furyk

    Jim Furyk

    Golf

    Last Year's Rank: NR
    1. $16,334,622
    2. $9,000,000
    3. $25,334,622

    Furyk's winning putt at last September's Tour Championship earned him a $1.4 million prize and a $10 million FedEx Cup bonus. The club? A $39 purchase at a discount pro shop in Easton, Mass.

  • 16
    Amar'e Stoudemire

    Amar'e Stoudemire

    New York Knicks (NBA)

    Last Year's Rank: 23
    1. $16,486,611
    2. $8,000,000
    3. $24,486,611

    Carmelo may be the Knicks' bigger prize pickup over the past year, but Amar'e is actually scheduled to outearn his All-Star teammate by more than a quarter-million over the next four seasons.

  • 17
    CC Sabathia

    CC Sabathia

    New York Yankees (MLB)

    Last Year's Rank: 13t
    1. $23,000,000
    2. $800,000
    3. $23,800,000

    Would CC leave $92 million on the table? The Yanks' ace can opt out of his mammoth contract after this season. Considering Cliff Lee landed a five-year, $120 million deal, there's speculation he might.

  • 18
    Joe Mauer

    Joe Mauer

    Minnesota Twins (MLB)

    Last Year's Rank: NR
    1. $23,000,000
    2. $750,000
    3. $23,750,000

    Mauer's eight-year, $184 million deal is the largest ever for a catcher by far. His $23 million salary, along with that of first baseman Justin Morneau, eats up a third of Twins' total payroll this season.

  • 19
    Jeff Gordon

    Jeff Gordon

    Auto racing

    Last Year's Rank: 29
    1. $5,703,710
    2. $18,000,000
    3. $23,703,710

    Like Earnhardt, Gordon's best days on the track are in the past. But his brand is strong, with big deals with Pepsi, Dupont and Nicorette, and he's raised more than $11 million for children's charities.

  • 20
    Vernon Wells

    Vernon Wells

    Los Angeles Angels (MLB)

    Last Year's Rank: 30
    1. $23,000,000
    2. $250,000
    3. $23,250,000

    The good news for the Angels, whose payroll shot to fourth in baseball with the acquisition of Wells: His salary tops out this season and "drops" to a mere $21 million a year from 2012 to 2014.

Sources: Salaries, winnings and bonus figures from players' associations, tour records, agents and news reports. Endorsement estimates from Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing, other sports-marketing executives and analysts, and agents. Formula One estimates are from Formula Money. Salaries based on current or most recently completed seasons (exception: 2011 for NFL). For winnings-based sports (golf, auto racing, tennis), 2010 calendar year amounts used. Boxing purses are from June 2010 to May 2011.

 
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