For the longest time, sporting activities have been one of the most popular sources of entertainment from around the world. Dating from 80AD, one ancient sport was gladiator fighting, used as a unifying factor across Italy. Today, there have evolved different sports, which many people have made a career out of. So, what is the highest-paid sport in the world?
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Athletes today are some of the wealthiest people worldwide. Even after retiring from professional sports, athletes make millions, if not billions, of dollars through endorsement deals with corporations. However, few athletes have a consistent source of revenue since they frequently broadcast at sporting events.
Top paid sports
So, what sport pays the most? First, of course, many nations spend millions to host significant sporting events, such as the recent Olympics in Tokyo, where athletes from all over the world compete to show off their skills.
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As a result, it is the dream for every basketball player to join the NBA. In total, the NBA's ten top-earning players are set to make $714 million, up 28% from 2020-21 and 19% from the previous high of $600 million from 2019-20. The Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry takes the runner-up spot with $92.8 million.
What sport pays the most? Boxing is the second on the list. According to Combat Sports Events, the average professional boxer can earn between $22000 and $37000 per year. However, such revenues would be decreased because they do not include travel, health, training, or management expenditures, which the boxer would have to cover with those earnings.
3. Football/ soccer
Football is one of the most popular yet highest paying sports in the world. In 2021, Barcelona was named the world's richest football club according to the Deloitte rankings. The team made a revenue of $861 million this year.
4. American football
Football is a popular and the highest paying sport in America. In 2021, the NFL made about $9.8 billion in national revenue, with 32 teams receiving a record $309 million each, according to shareholder filings from the Green Bay Packers. A large part of the NFL's revenue is media rights along with sponsorships, which attracted $1.62 billion last season.
What sport makes the most money? Well, golf is the fifth in the highest-paid sports in the world in 2021. According to Callaway Golf Company, golf generated anet GAAP revenue of $856 million in the third quarter of 2021.
What is the highest paid professional sport? Tennis's top players make their money mainly from endorsements. According to Forbes, Naomi Osaka, the No. 2 ranked woman, earned $37.4 million in 2020, almost all of it from sponsors, making her the world's highest-paid female athlete. The top earner in men's tennis, Federer, made $106 million, with $100 million from endorsements.
7. Ice hokey
Ice hockey is one of the most-watched sports in the USA. The National Hockey League generated a revenue of $4.37 billion in the 2019/2020 season. These are the salaries for the 2021/2022 season:
The team salary cap is $81.5 million. No player can earn more than $16.3 million.
- Erik Karlsson (San Jose Sharks) $14.5 million
- Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) $13 million
- Artemi Panarin (New York Rangers) $13 million
- Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens) $13 million
- Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars) $13 million
8. Auto Racing
Formula 1, the prestigious motor racing series owned by US media giant Liberty, secured revenue during the third quarter of 2021 of $668 million, up 12 per cent year-on-year as the return of fans after a coronavirus-hit 2020 boosted the series' income.
According to Auto Week, Lewis Hamilton, who drives a Mercedes, earned $62 million in 2021. Max Verstappen followed him at $42 million and Fernando Alonso at $25 million.
Baseball is also among the top-paying sports in the world. In 2020, the combined revenue of all Major League Baseball teams was 3.66 billion US dollars. In addition, the average income per MLB team stood at 122.1 million US dollars.
Professional wrestling is a form of performing art involving scripted wrestling matches whose progress and outcome are planned. The industry has become one of the most successful.
In 2020, World Wrestling Entertainment's global revenue amounted to 974.2 million US dollars, up from just over 960 million in the previous year. The entertainment company generated the vast majority of its revenue from its media segment.
So, what is the highest paid sport in the world? The list above contains all the details. Sporting activities have encouraged those with physical talents to pursue and make a career out of them.
South Africa is one of the African countries that puts a significant amount of money, effort and time into football. The Premier Soccer League, which oversees the National First Division and the South African Premier Division, has a streamlined structure.
Source: Briefly News