The Highest (over)Paid Ballers
What better transistion to athletes getting their share of fan paper?
Baseball, basketball or whatever, it didn't matter for Michael Jordan who retained his spot at No. 1 by banking slightly less than $44 million. That was almost $14 million more than he made in 1994.
After a few straight bad ones it was finally a good year for Mike Tyson who made $40 million; a significant pay bump from the $0.00 he made for three straight years in the misleadingly named Indiana Youth Center after his '92 rape conviction. Iron Mike was paroled in March.
Deion Sanders the King of "look at me" athletics used his marketable persona to bank $22.5 million, making him the highest paid football and baseball player on the planet.
Some others stretching their accountants were boxer Riddick Bowe ($22.2M) who avenged his only loss against a hepatitis-A- stricken Evander Holyfield and Shaq who put away $21.9 million. Overall, the U.S. continued to shell out the most money to watch other people play games with the top eight earners coming from within Uncle Sam's borders. Even Jack Nicklaus defied peak earning statistics by adding $15.1 million to his net worth despite the fact that he was closing in on senior citizen benefits.