There are two kinds of people in the world, the first one loves to play their favorite sports, then the other one doesn’t play at all but loves to watch. Every four years, the entire world celebrates the Olympics and every country sends their representatives in every sport. However, this is not where athletes actually get paid the most. Sports leagues pay their athletes millions and millions of dollars, but it would depend on the league, which do you think is the world’s highest-paying sport?
Well, it is indeed basketball or more like the National Basketball Association. The NBA is considered to be the highest-paying sports league in the world. Seriously, no surprise there though, an average NBA player gets paid about $5 million, not to mention they have superstars like Lebron James, Stephen Curry, Russel Westbrook, Dwayne Wade, Kevin Durant, and more, who earns between $20-$30 million a year. Some of these players represent the United States in the Olympics as well.
They also have a really small roster compared to football, so the split is bigger. Lebron James is actually one of the highest-paid athletes in the entire world. The National Basketball Association gets tons of sponsors for almost every team, and almost the entire world tunes in the NBA. People in the U.S. would spend hundreds of dollars just to watch a single game. The NBA is the biggest basketball league in the world, people outside the United States of America, who loves to play basketball, would either want to be part of it, or just come and watch a game live to see their favorites NBA stars. In order for you to become a part of this league, you must be exceptionally amazing at the game, they don’t really have room for mediocre players.
The NBA is the biggest basketball league in the world, people outside the United States of America, who loves to play basketball, would either want to be part of it or just come and watch a game live to see their favorites NBA stars. In order for you to become a part of this league, you must be exceptionally amazing at the game, they don’t really have room for mediocre players.
Next up is boxing, this is one of the most dangerous sports in the world. It is also time-consuming since boxers train not just their bodies, but also their minds for a couple of months. A boxer would train with his team consisting of his trainer and sparring partners, but when it’s game time, it’s all between him and his opponent.
The biggest boxing events often take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, because that is where most people gamble and they do bets on who’s gonna win the fight. Las Vegas is also the home of boxing’s biggest promoter, Top Rank. Some of the biggest and highest-paying boxers in the world today are Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. Mohammad Ali, who has been a part of the boxing world since the 1970s, is considered to be the world’s greatest boxer.
Some highest-paying racing events are the Grand Prix of Formula1 and of course the Nascar. Just like boxing, this sports is indeed very dangerous as well, and the more dangerous the sport is, the bigger they pay.
Unfortunately, in July 2015, a Formula1 driver, Jules Bianchi, lost his life, when he fought during the Grand Prix, he suffered from severe head injuries. Endorsements are pretty huge here as well, which is why even if it is dangerous, it might still be worth it for them. One of the greatest Formula1 races is Michael Schumacher, who got into the list of the Forbes Richest Players in 2000, with his total earnings or $59 million. However, in 2016, 4-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel, is actually the current highest-paid Formula1 driver with a $150 million three-year record deal with Ferrari.
This has got to be the biggest sport league in the entire USA. They have what they call “Superbowl Sunday” which is like a holiday where they basically watch the American football game, which has become an old American tradition. The National Football League is considered to be the football version of the NBA, however, NFL players get less since they have a lot more players. NFL’s Patriots’ quarterback, Tom Brady, is one of today’s highest-paid football players. He recently signed a contract extension with a $28 million bonus, but what he actually signed for is a $60 million contract for four years.