Pro athletes get paid plenty of money.
The average NBA player has a contract that sees them rake in $7.5 million a season, for instance.
But where things get really lucrative is endorsement deals.
Endorsement deals are essentially a form of advertising.
A famous athlete agrees to use and promote a company’s products, therefore increasing exposure and (hopefully) consumer opinion of the brand.
As part of the deal, the athlete usually agrees to not be seen using a competitor’s products.
Sounds great for the athlete, right? Well companies are willing to shell out insane amounts of money for endorsement deals, particularly when the player involved is one of the biggest names in their respective sport.
Forbes recently released a list of 2018’s highest-paid athletes. Along with contract earnings, they also included money made off endorsements.
With the help of this list, we’ve tabbed the seven athletes who make more money off endorsements than anyone else.
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