Tiger Woods tops list of top-earning athletes

* Tiger still tops despite 10 pct decline to $90.5 mln

* Tennis star Federer tops int’l list at $61.8 mln

* US athletes’ avg up 11 pct to $26.2 mln, intl up 1.7 pct

By Ben Klayman

DETROIT, July 21 (BestGrowthStock) – Professional golfer Tiger
Woods has been off his game since his extramarital affairs were
exposed last year, but he’s still the world’s highest earning
athlete, according to 2010 rankings released on Wednesday.

Woods claimed the top spot on a U.S. list of 50 athletes
for the seventh consecutive year, though his total earnings
fell 10 percent to $90.5 million, according to Sports
Illustrated’s SI.com. His total is also down 40 percent from
$127.9 million in 2008.

Overall, the average earnings for the entire U.S. list rose
11 percent to a record $26.2 million, and were up 1.7 percent
to $30 million for 20 international stars, according to
SI.com.

Tennis star Roger Federer, at $61.8 million, bumped soccer
player David Beckham from the top spot he had held the last two
years on the international list, SI.com said.

Woods’ earnings for the 2010 list are comprised of $20.5
million in earnings and $70 million in endorsements from such
sponsors as Nike Inc (NKE.N: ) and Electronic Arts Inc (ERTS.O: ),
SI.com said. Woods’ endorsement earnings fell $22 million from
last year’s list.

Woods’ personal life took center stage for fans after a car
accident outside his Florida home last November brought to
light extramarital affairs and led him to make a public
apology. He has played several tournaments since his April
return from a self-imposed, five-month exile but has yet to
win.

Rival golfer Phil Mickelson came in second on the 2010 U.S.
list at $61.7 million, and the top 10 included four players
from the National Basketball Association, led by LeBron James
at No. 4 ($45.8 million), SI.com said.

The top 10 also included boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr (No. 3
at $60.3 million), two Major League Baseball stars, including
Alex Rodriguez at No. 5 ($37 million), and Indianapolis Colts
quarterback Peyton Manning of the National Football League (No.
9 at $30.8 million), SI.com said.

On the international list, Federer jumped from No. 9 last
year as his earnings doubled, while Beckham slipped to No. 3 at
$40.5 million behind FIFA world soccer player of the year
Lionel Messi at $44 million, according to SI.com.

Rounding out the international top five were soccer player
Cristiano Ronaldo ($40 million) and boxer Manny Pacquiao ($38
million), SI.com said.

Basketball player Allen Iverson, No. 8 on last year’s U.S.
list, dropped entirely out of the top 50, SI.com said. Tennis
player Maria Sharapova was the only female athlete to make
either list, ranking No. 20 on the international list at $19.9
million.

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The full lists are available athttp://www.si.com/fortunate50.
(Reporting by Ben Klayman in Detroit; Editing by Tim Dobbyn)

Tiger Woods tops list of top-earning athletes