Highest paid sport in the world 2013

    Highest Paid Sport 2013

    If you shift your perception a bit and consider sports as a business, you will find that it is the most profitable one in the market, primarily because its customers can be counted in billions. Let us take a look at the highest paid sports in the world today.

    Horse Racing:

    Horse racing is one of the oldest sports in the world. It can be traced way back to 648 BC. Horses, like dogs, understand humans better than any other animal. A well-bred horse can be gorgeous and exotic, and staggeringly powerful at the same time, which makes these creatures a sight to behold.

    In the world of horse racing, a horse along with its jockey bags a huge amount if it manages to win the race. Horse jockeys are paid as per their performance in a race. They usually earn about 7-10% of the winnings. This might apparently look like a very small number, but when compared with the earnings of some of the most accomplished jockeys, it is almost impossible to imagine the amount of dough involved in this glamorous sport.

    Javier Castellano

    One of the highest earning horse jockeys for the year 2013 is Javier Castellano whose earnings have already accumulated to more than $17 million!


    Formula Racing:

    When blazing speed and uncountable money are used in the same sentence, you know we are talking about Formula Racing. Like horse racing, this sport also bestows more fame on the object with which it is played than the human playing it.  The most well-known formula racing tournaments are Formula One and GP2.

    Fernando Alonso

    The highest earning Formula One driver for the year 2013 is Fernando Alonso. He earns an annual salary of around $30 million for his sports team Ferrari. Interesting to note is the fact that vintage Ferrari’s fetch almost the same amount, which again shows a machine’s superiority over an individual.



    Football, also known as Soccer, is the most famous game in the world.  As per FIFA’s official site, 270 million people are actively involved in the game of football, which makes for about four percent of the world’s total population. You can imagine the rest! This game also harbors the fiercest of fans, whose affinity towards a club even surpasses their patriotism.

    David Beckham

    As per Forbes, highest earning player for the year 2013 is David Beckham whose earnings are a whopping $47 million.



    This game is the primary choice of the elite class. It was first played in Scotland way back in the 15th century, and it has retained its insurmountable dignity till today.

    Till 2008, there were 17, 672 golf courses in the US alone, and 35,112 golf courses around the world. No wonder the US Open is arguably the most prestigious major tournament.

    Tiger Woods

    Forbes lists Tiger Woods as the highest earning golfer, with a total earning of $78.1 million.



    Basketball was James Naismith’s creation who also wrote the original Basketball rulebook.

    In just about a century, this sport has toppled other relatively famous giants to feature in this list. Today, Basketball’s fan base is in millions, with the numbers getting added after every game.

    Kobe bryant

    As per Forbes, the highest earning Basketball player for the year 2013 is Kobe Bryant – $61.9 million.



    This is one rich man’s sport which can be equally appreciated by a layman. A global sport with a global appeal, it is played throughout the year. Apart from the amount of money and the degree of respect involved in Tennis, it is the sheer class and the glamour quotient of the players that stand out. Steffi Graf, Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, Bjorn Bjorg, Monica Seles, Stefan Edberg, the Williams sisters, and Maria Sharapova are some of the names that come to mind.

    Roger Fedrer

    As per Forbes, Roger Federer is the highest earning player with $72.5 million for the year 2013.



    Strength, reflexes, endurance, and skill are the attributes that matter when it comes to Boxing. A sharp mind with superior concentration is as crucial as an exhaustive stamina. This professional fighting sport, where every punch is lined with a fatal risk, involves a thrilling duel between two contenders for arguably the most prestigious Boxing title, the World Boxing Council (WBC).

    Some professional boxers make millions per year. It really depends upon the championship they are fighting for. Bigger the championship, better the amount will be.

    Floyd Mayweather

    As per Forbes, highest earning boxer for the year 2013 is Floyd Mayweather, Jr – $34 million.



    This bat and ball game produces plenty of millionaire players every single year. If you check the Forbes list of the Top 100 Highest Earning Athletes, you will notice that almost a quarter of it is adorned with Baseball players.

    Alex Rodriguez

    Forbes lists Alex Rodriguez as the highest earning Baseball player for 2013 – $29.5 million.



    This gentleman’s game was originally played in England way back in the 16th century. Today, it has spread to the Indian sub continent, West Indies, South Africa and Australia, where it nurtures a fierce fan following. So much so that cricketers are fervently worshiped in some parts.

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni

    According to Forbes, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the highest earning cricketer of 2013 – $26.5 million.

    One thought on “Highest paid sport in the world 2013”

    1. Kris says:

      The list is very well compiled and elaborated on. However, you forgot the Olympics, and maybe wrestling could also have been included.

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