Opendorse.com decided to close 2015 looking back on how much money professional athletes made this past year, and they concluded: a whole lot. That analysis continues the long standing trend of pro athletes earning sums of money that would God blush.
Although Opendorse did narrow it down and studied how much the top five earners of seven major sports (NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, PGA, NASCAR, Tennis) rake in from endorsements alone, and got more scientific and looked at how much they make off one sponsored tweet.
And surprise, golfers are swimming in cash to the tune of $30.6 million on average between Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Jordan Spieth. MLS teams even pay their entire roster 10%of that number.
Hold the phone though, if you want to buy a mansion just off using your thumbs and tweeting, you should learn to use your feet. That’s because of the top five fútbol players, they charged a little over $100k per sponsored tweet. Cristiano Ronaldo, in addition to dating the hottest women on the planet, will charge you $260k for him to tweet about it. That’s the going rate for the most followed athlete I guess.
In second is Lebron James, charging $140k. Apparently people don’t care about a golfer’s tweets, as they make only $6.4 thousand on average for a tweet.
MLB players ranked last in both endorsements and sponsored tweets, showing that companies aren’t as willing to pay crazy amounts of money for baseball players, but the average person is willing to pay $15 for a beer to watch said baseball players. Maybe they’re onto something?
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