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Visualizing the Highest-Paid Athletes in 2021


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Ranking the Highest-Paid Athletes in 2021

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Who Were the Highest-Paid Athletes in 2021?

The financial figures in sport are enormous. The highest-paid athletes in the world make tens of millions, or even hundreds of millions per year.

The global pandemic put a significant dent in the commercial aspect of many sports. Even though the teams and their owners earned significantly less during this period, individual athletes actually thrived.

According to the Forbes annual rankings of the world’s highest-paid athletes for 2021, the top 50 of them turned in a record-setting year and made nearly $2.8 billion in 12 months, beating 2019’s record total by more than $150 million.

Highlights of the Year

This year’s list had a multitude of names making the big bucks. Here are some of the highlights:

Connor McGregor is 2021’s highest-paid athlete

MMA fighter Connor McGregor tops the list with a whopping $180 million earned in 2021. According to McGregor, this has been a long time coming, who in 2016 infamously boasted to soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo that he’d overtake him one day as sports’ highest-paid (Read more...)

Visualizing the Highest-Paid Athletes in 2021


This post is by Anshool Deshmukh from Visual Capitalist


Ranking the Highest-Paid Athletes in 2021

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Who Were the Highest-Paid Athletes in 2021?

The financial figures in sport are enormous. The highest-paid athletes in the world make tens of millions, or even hundreds of millions per year.

The global pandemic put a significant dent in the commercial aspect of many sports. Even though the teams and their owners earned significantly less during this period, individual athletes actually thrived.

According to the Forbes annual rankings of the world’s highest-paid athletes for 2021, the top 50 of them turned in a record-setting year and made nearly $2.8 billion in 12 months, beating 2019’s record total by more than $150 million.

Highlights of the Year

This year’s list had a multitude of names making the big bucks. Here are some of the highlights:

Connor McGregor is 2021’s highest-paid athlete

MMA fighter Connor McGregor tops the list with a whopping $180 million earned in 2021. According to McGregor, this has been a long time coming, who in 2016 infamously boasted to soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo that he’d overtake him one day as sports’ highest-paid (Read more...)

A Decade of NBA Profit: How Did the League Fare in 2020?


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A Decade of NBA Profit

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The Briefing

  • Because of the global pandemic, NBA teams missed out on approximately 20% of their regular-season home games in 2019-20
  • Despite this, average team profits in 2020 fell by less than 12% compared to the year prior, and team values are up 4% in 2021
  • The New York Knicks are once again the most valuable team, for the sixth year in a row

A Decade of NBA Profit: How Did The League Fare in 2020?

The NBA has gained undeniable traction over the last decade, at least from a financial standpoint.

In 2011, 22 of the 30 teams were losing money, and the average operating income per team sat at $6 million. But, fast forward to 2020, and every team in the league was profitable, with average operating income surging to $62 million.

Here’s a look at team profitability since 2011, according to Forbes:

YearAverage Operating IncomeYOY Change
2011$6M--
2012$12M100%
2013$24M100%
2014$23M-4.2%
2015$30M30.4%
2016$31M3.3%
2017$52M67.7%
2018 (Read more...)