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Baseball's Highest-Paid Players On And Off The Field

Alex Rodriguez re-signed with the New York Yankees in December, 2007 in a 10-year, $275 million deal that was the richest deal in the history of sports. The consensus was that the Yankees overpaid in both years and dollars, but A-Rod was still regarded as the best player in the game at the time. He …

The World's Highest-Paid Athletes 2013: Behind The Numbers

Forbes has been tracking the earnings of athletes since 1990 when boxer Mike Tyson ranked No. 1 with a total income of $28.6 million. Iron Mike’s haul would rank No. 25 on Forbes’ 2013 version of the world’s highest-paid athletes. Even adjusted for inflation ($49 million), Tyson wouldn’t crack the …

Adidas Trademark Lawsuit Puts Derrick Rose On Defense

Derrick Rose may be a primary player in the trademark war between his own David and Goliath. The Chicago native may soon be asked to pick a side between his primary endorser and sporting-goods giant Adidas or a small Chicago-area Church. In early July, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board will …

LeBron James Transcends The NBA On And Off The Court

We’ve seen the LeBron James story play out before in the NBA. Michael Jordan entered the NBA in 1984 to much fanfare and immediately became a marketing phenomenon, while selling out arenas around the country and piling up stats. Jordan’s teams struggled in the playoffs at first, but Jordan became …

LeBron Should Net $7 Million In New Endorsements. Others Can Score Too (Or Not)

An epic NBA Final is now in the books, with LeBron James and the Miami Heat scoring a second straight title in a hard-fought seven-game series over the San Antonio Spurs. Now comes the follow-up bounty for some of the players and coaches. Who’s going to cash in with bigger profiles and new …

Miami Heat Prove You Can Be Both Profit-Maximizers And Win-Maximizers In Today's NBA

At the beginning of Chapter 3 of <i>The Economics of Sports</i> textbook by my fellow sports economists Mike Leeds and Peter von Allmen, they offer this humorous yet telling quote from former San Diego Chargers owner Gene Klein, who owned the team from 1966 through 1984:<p><i>When I bought the Chargers I</i> …

Jay-Z Signs Kevin Durant To Roc Nation Sports. Rival Agents, Are You Not Entertained?

Jay-Z and Roc Nation Sports have an announcement to make. There are #NEWRULES in effect. That, and Roc Nation Sports, along with Creative Artists Agency, have signed three-time NBA All-Star Kevin Durant.<p>The announcement was officially made on the Roc Nation website with an oversized image featuring …