The 50 highest-earning American athletes
Overlooked fact of all three of the Yanks' big '09 offseason acquisitions: Burnett, Sabathia, Teixeira are only Bombers signed to long-term deals with salaries that remain fixed through their expiration.
Nearly two years after the Padres shipped him to Chicago, the 2007 NL Cy Young winner still received a $500,000 reporting bonus from the White Sox related to the deal on top of his $16 million salary.
With a six-year, $124 million deal, the Hawks made Johnson the top-paid free agent in last summer's loaded class, topping LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Bosh and Amar'e Stoudemire.
The Phils are only on the hook for about $9 million of Oswalt's 2011 salary. His old team, the Astros, are paying the other $7 million as part of trade last summer that sent him to Philadelphia.
The much-maligned Brand and his equally unloved teammate Andre Iguodala are owed $63.5 million over the next two seasons. Will the Sixers find a taker for either one in a trade?
Maybe athletes aren't rocket scientists -- but they can marry one. The Red Sox's $68 million man reportedly popped question to high school sweetheart Holly Fisher, an aerospace engineer, in February.
Eli threw a pass back to his alma mater, the University of Mississippi, last July with a $1 million donation for an academic scholarship plan. Ole Miss had raised its tuition rates by 6.5 percent.
Fielder's one-year, $15.5 million deal with Brewers helped avoid arbitration, but he'll be looking for more next winter -- especially given teammate Ryan Braun's five-year, $105 million extension.
Celtics GM Danny Ainge will be busy next summer: Pierce and Rajon Rondo are the only players inked beyond 2011-12, and the former will be 36 when his $61 million extension expires in 2014.
Bosh and LeBron signed identical six-year, $110 million deals to join Dwyane Wade in South Beach. All three have player options for 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons that total out at $127 million.
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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