The Ice Hockey World Championships are in full swing in Sweden and Finland, and it is a rare opportunity for us Europeans to witness some of the world’s best paid athletes in.
Ice Hockey beats
the money game
Ice Hockey is a huge sport, that is in certain parts of the world. That’s the case with global sports, is that the pie is cut up into distinct slices. There are countless numbers of associations and well-paid executives toil endlessly overt Michelin-starred lunches in order to grow their piece of the pie, by bighting into another sport’s demographic.
It got me thinking about money in sport though, and who are the best paid athletes. Who is the best paid athlete of all time? The world’s top two boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao sit in number one and two spots respectively in the list of top earners of 2012, followed by Tiger Woods. The list compiled by Forbes continues; LeBron James, Roger Federer, Kobe Bryant, Phil Mickelson, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and Peyton Manning all very much as expected.
Interestingly these earning include sponsorships and prize money, whereas if you look at the highest paid sports contracts of all time the list takes on a different complexion. The top 20 places are occupied almost exclusively by Baseball players, with Alex Rodriquez(A-Rod) in the first and second places. Floyd Maywhether’s contract with Showtime Sports is an exception coming in at 8th place as is Kimi Raikkonen’s contract for Ferrari. The only footballers on the list are Messi at 17 and Cristiano Ronaldo in tied 54th.
Ice Hockey clearly beats football in terms of top earners with Alexander Ovechkin’s 13-year contract with the Washington capitals worth $124,000,000 in 33rd place. Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators comes in at 44th place with his 10 year $110,000,000 contract. Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins is at 52 with a 12-year contract worth $110,000,000. Ilya Kovalchuk is the third hockey player on the list with his $100,000,000 15-year contract.
That makes Ice Hockey a bigger sport financially that football. Who’d have thought it? The famous quote goes ‘Lies, damn lies and statistics,’ and that’s the thing with sport, you can twist anything to mean anything, but isn’t that why we love it?