Best-paid athletes in 31 sports

May 1, 2012 at 9:09 am by Terez in Kobe Bryant

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This list is part of ESPN The Magazine’s Money Issue salary survey project — Kobe comes in first for NBA players, making a cool $25 million — Keep in mind earnings represent salaries and/or prize money from 2011 or most recent season…It also excludes endorsements, appearance fees, sponsorships and other income sources unless otherwise noted. To see the entire list continue reading. -TO

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Sport or competitionAthleteLeague, competitionEarnings
Alpine Skiing (women)Lindsey VonnFIS World Cup Skiing, 2011 prize money$612,417
Alpine Skiing (men)Marcel HirscherFIS World Cup Skiing, 2011 prize money$510,192
Auto racingFernando AlonsoFormula 1, Ferrari, 2011 salary and prize money$40,000,000
Badminton (women)Wang YihanBWF Superseries, Grand Prix Gold and Continental Championships, 2011 prize money$277,550
Badminton (men)Lee Chong WeiBWF Superseries, Grand Prix Gold and Continental Championships, 2011 prize money$267,350
BaseballAlex RodriguezMLB, NY Yankees, 2012 total salary$30,000,000
BasketballKobe BryantNBA, LA Lakers, 2011-12 total salary$25,244,000
Beach volleyball (women)Larissa Franca/Juliana Felisberta da SilvaFIVB Swatch World Tour, 2011 prize money$326,700
Beach volleyball (men)Emanuel Rego/Alison CeruttiFIVB Swatch World Tour, 2011 prize money$306,700
BilliardsShane Van BoeningBilliards, 2011 prize money$160,450
BowlingSean RashPBA Tour, 2011-12 prize money$140,250
BoxingManny Pacquiaoguaranteed minimum for two 2011 WBO title bouts$50,000,000
Bull RidingSilvano AlvesProfessional Bull Riders, 2011 PBR prize money$1,461,964
DartsPhil TaylorPro Darts Corp. 2011 tournament prize money$938,497
Distance running (men)Emmanuel MutaiDistance running (2011 prize money from various events)$815,000
Distance running (women)Liliya ShobukhovaDistance running (2011 prize money from various events)*$720,000
Drag racingDel WorshamNHRA Top Fuel, 2011 prize money$1,193,000
EatingJoey ChestnutMajor League Eating, 2011 prize money$205,000
EquestrianRolf-Göran BengtssonShow Jumping, 2011 prize money$1,161,280
FishingKevin VanDamBassmaster Elite Series, 2011 prize money$706,500
FootballCharles JohnsonNFL, Carolina Panthers, 2011 total salary$34,000,000
Golf (men)Luke DonaldEuropean, PGA Tours, combined 2011 prize money$9,509,604
Golf (women)Yani TsengLPGA Tour, 2011 prize money$2,921,713
HockeyBrad RichardsNHL, NY Rangers, 2011-12 salary$12,000,000
Horse Racing (jockey)Ramon A. DominguezHorse Racing, 2011**$20,567,032
PokerPius HeinzPoker winnings, land-based tournaments, 4/9/11 thru 4/8/12$8,876,067
RacquetballKane WaselenchukInternational Racquetball Tour, 2011 IRT-Tour earnings$270,000
RodeoTrevor BrazileProfessional Rodeo Cowboys Assn, PRCA 2011 overall earnings$365,293
Rugby UnionSebastien ChabalLNR, French National Rugby, Racing Metro 92, 2011 salary$1,318,195
Sled dog racingDallas SeaveyIditarod, 2012 first place prize money***$50,400
SoccerWayne RooneyEPL, Manchester United, 2011-12 salary$20,821,300
SquashNick MatthewPSA World Tour, 2011 prize money$129,592
Sumo wrestlingHakuhoJapan Sumo Association, 2011 base salary, prize money$1,100,000
Surfing (men)Kelly SlaterASP World Tour, 2011 prize money$556,250
Surfing (women)Carissa MooreASP World Tour, 2011 prize money$114,900
Tennis (men)Novak DjokovicATP Tour, 2011 prize money$12,619,803
Tennis (women)Petra KvitovaWTA Tour, 2011 prize money$5,145,943
Triathlon (men)Alistair BrownleeInternational Triathlon Union, 2011 prize money from ITU events$162,892
Triathlon (women)Helen JenkinsInternational Triathlon Union, 2011 prize money from ITU events$151,050