San Diegans who made Sport Illustrated's top 50 money list - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

San Diegans who made Sport Illustrated's top 50 money list

Posted: Updated:

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diegans make up 10 percent of the top-50 money-earning American athletes over the past year, Sports Illustrated magazine reported Monday.

The five local members of SI's "Fortunate 50" are:
- golfer Phil Mickelson (number 2);
- baseball player Adrian Gonzalez (number 25);
- NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson (number 33);
- baseball player Barry Zito (number 36); and
- football player Arian Foster (number 39).

Mickelson, a San Diego native who now lives in Rancho Santa Fe, made $60.8 million last year, nearly all from endorsements, according to Sports Illustrated. Golf.com reports that his major sponsors include Carlsbad-based Callaway Golf, KPMG, Barclays, Rolex and Exxon Mobil.

Gonzalez, a former Padre who grew up in Chula Vista and Tijuana, made $22.4 million, nearly all of it in salary from the contract he signed with the Boston Red Sox.

Johnson, an El Cajon native, brought home $21 million, including nearly $6.3 million in winnings on the racing circuit and about $14.7 million in endorsements, according to Sports Illustrated.

Zito, who played baseball at Grossmont High School in El Cajon and the old University of San Diego High School, made $20 million - all but $1 million from a $126 million contract he signed with the San Francisco Giants six years ago.

Foster, who attended Mission Bay High School, earned $18 million in a front-loaded contract with the Houston Texans, plus $1.75 million in endorsements, according to SI.

Nonprofits around San Diego County have benefited through the athletes. Mickelson, Gonzalez, Johnson and Zito each actively support area charities.

The magazine obtained data on salary, winnings, bonuses, endorsements and appearance fees from players' associations, tour records, agents and news reports. Endorsement estimates were supplied by Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing, other sports-marketing executives and analysts, and agents.

The salary figures were based on current or most recently completed seasons for team sports. For individual sports like golf and auto racing, the earning were from the 2011 calendar year.

  • SportsMore>>

  • Lawsuit, ex-student focus on complaints about Ohio State doc

    Lawsuit, ex-student focus on complaints about Ohio State doc

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 10:08 AM EDT2018-07-17 14:08:30 GMT
    Wednesday, July 18 2018 1:12 AM EDT2018-07-18 05:12:16 GMT
    (Ohio State University via AP, File). FILE - This undated file photo shows a photo of Dr. Richard Strauss. Former Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee and former vice president of human resources Linda Tom tell The Columbus Dispatch they don't remember r...(Ohio State University via AP, File). FILE - This undated file photo shows a photo of Dr. Richard Strauss. Former Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee and former vice president of human resources Linda Tom tell The Columbus Dispatch they don't remember r...
    A lawsuit by four former Ohio State University wrestlers alleges the school failed to stop "rampant sexual misconduct" by a now-dead team doctor despite being "repeatedly informed" about his behavior. 
    A lawsuit by four former Ohio State University wrestlers alleges the school failed to stop "rampant sexual misconduct" by a now-dead team doctor despite being "repeatedly informed" about his behavior. 
  • Woods says British Open becomes best shot at a major

    Woods says British Open becomes best shot at a major

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 7:57 AM EDT2018-07-17 11:57:04 GMT
    Wednesday, July 18 2018 1:11 AM EDT2018-07-18 05:11:56 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alastair Grant). Tiger Woods of the United States smiles as he answers a question at a press conference for the 147th British Open Golf championships in Carnoustie, Scotland, Tuesday, July 17, 2018. The Opens Golf championships start Thursday.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant). Tiger Woods of the United States smiles as he answers a question at a press conference for the 147th British Open Golf championships in Carnoustie, Scotland, Tuesday, July 17, 2018. The Opens Golf championships start Thursday.
    Tiger Woods back at the British Open and liking his chances as the year of his recovery continues. 
    Tiger Woods back at the British Open and liking his chances as the year of his recovery continues. 
  • Record 10 homers as AL wins All-Star Game 8-6 in 10 innings

    Record 10 homers as AL wins All-Star Game 8-6 in 10 innings

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 11:39 AM EDT2018-07-17 15:39:18 GMT
    Wednesday, July 18 2018 1:11 AM EDT2018-07-18 05:11:52 GMT
    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh). Fireworks are displayed before the MLB Home Run Derby, at Nationals Park, Monday, July 16, 2018 in Washington. The 89th MLB baseball All-Star Game will be played Tuesday.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh). Fireworks are displayed before the MLB Home Run Derby, at Nationals Park, Monday, July 16, 2018 in Washington. The 89th MLB baseball All-Star Game will be played Tuesday.
    Head of baseball players' union says conversations will take place with commissioner's office over whether prohibitions against legalized gambling among his members' relatives may be needed. 
    Head of baseball players' union says conversations will take place with commissioner's office over whether prohibitions against legalized gambling among his members' relatives may be needed. 
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Midwest Television, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.