Then again, when you’ve invested $29 million in his future, every missed start is a pain in the wallet. You try to fix the problem ASAP.
Now that he’s off the disabled list, Greinke has made it on to another list — Sports Illustrated’s “Fortunate 50,” a spin-off of the Fortune 500 for athletes who are doing something right — starting with hiring a good agent (or, just showing up in Ned Colletti’s office without an agent).
You do realize Greinke is the highest-paid SoCal athlete — Kobe Bryant’s salary of $27,850,000 falls just short. But because of the Laker star’s $19 mil in endorsements, he’s No. 4 on this SI list at $48,850,000, the same spot he had a year ago. Greinke, alas, has just $20,000 in endorsements, according to SI research, the smallest amount of anyone in this Top 10 (he’s at No. 10).
Floyd Mayweather Jr. topped this year’s list ranking of the 50 highest-earning pro athletes in the U.S. with $90 million projected for 2013 — with none of it coming from endorsements.
Tiger Woods, No. 1 every year from 2004-11, is down to No. 5 at $40.8 million. LeBron James (No. 2 at $56.5 million) is the first team-sport player to crack the top two since Shaquille O’Neal did it in 2004. James’s $39 million in endorsements were more than any other U.S. athlete in 2013.The New York Yankees topped team sports with five representatives on the list. The Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies came next with four players each. The Lakers had three.The complete list: si.com/Fortunate50.
Former Galaxy scallywag David Beckham ($48.3 million) tops the SI International 20, which ranks the 20 highest-earning international athletes. Sorry, you’re no longer our domestic financial burden.