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Daniel Roberts
May 20, 2013
SI'S 10TH ANNUAL LIST OF THE MOST HIGHLY COMPENSATED ATHLETES IN THE U.S IS HEADLINED BY A BOXER BUT DOMINATED BY BASEBALL PLAYERS, WHO OCCUPY EXACTLY HALF THE SPOTS
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May 20, 2013

Fortunate 50

SI'S 10TH ANNUAL LIST OF THE MOST HIGHLY COMPENSATED ATHLETES IN THE U.S IS HEADLINED BY A BOXER BUT DOMINATED BY BASEBALL PLAYERS, WHO OCCUPY EXACTLY HALF THE SPOTS

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SALARY/WINNINGS: $29,000,000

ENDORSEMENTS: $20,000

TOTAL: $29,020,000

The Dodgers, who have the highest payroll in the majors as well as four players on this list, signed Greinke, 29, to an astonishing six-year, $147 million deal in December that includes $17 million in salary this season plus a $12 million signing bonus. It was the largest contract ever for a righthanded pitcher before the Felix Hernandez and Justin Verlander deals surpassed it.

11 DWYANE WADE Heat guard

SALARY/WINNINGS: $17,182,000

ENDORSEMENTS: $11,500,000

TOTAL: $28,682,000

Like James, Wade agreed to a lower salary so that the Big Three could come together in Miami, but his endorsement portfolio is thriving after he left Jordan Brand last October to launch his Wade brand with Chinese label Li-Ning. (The first shoe, Way of Wade, comes out in the U.S. this year.) If the Heat wins its second straight title this year Wade, 31, will likely get even more in performance bonuses.

12 KEVIN DURANT Thunder forward

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