The 50 highest-earning American athletes
The Knicks are predictably top-heavy on salary again, but a combined $51 million for 'Melo, Amar'e and Chauncy Billups next season is better than $54 million for McGrady, Marbury and Curry in 2009-10.
There are mansions ... and then there's St. Jetersburg. The Yankee captain dropped $7 million just for the land to build his near-31,000-square foot, seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom home in Tampa.
Big Tex had so much trouble unloading his Dallas mansion since leaving Rangers in '07, he opted simply to rent it for $15,000 per month. His tenant? New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.
Duncan has a $21.3 million player option for next season, the final year of his contract. The other members of the Spurs' Big Three, Manu Ginóbili and Tony Parker, received extensions in 2010.
The Phillies' slugger is roughly seven years from breaking Mike Schmidt's franchise home-run mark of 548. Howard earns more this season alone than Schmidt did during his entire 18-year career.
The slugger is a hit with Chicago GMs. His bear hug with Cubs' Jim Hendry caused a stir, while White Sox' Kenny Williams says he hopes Pujols gets $30 million a year to "restore sanity" to baseball.
The former Slam Dunk champ will almost certainly have a new address come fall. The Suns have an $18 million option to bring Carter back next season ... or buy out their pricey role player for $4 million.
Talk about a nice monthly allowance. Crawford's seven-year, $142 million deal signed in December includes $6 million signing bonus paid out in $1 million increments over the course of the season.
If a new CBA includes "Allan Houston" amnesty clause to cut a high-earner, here's your first target: Lewis averaged 13 points over the past two seasons; he's due up to $44 million over next two.
Following his perfect game last May, Halladay bought some 60 Swiss-made Baumé & Mercier watches (around $4,000 each) and gave them to everyone in Phillies clubhouse -- bat boys included.
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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