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Highest Paying Sporting Events in 2011

Here is a list published by Forbes Magazine in 2011 of the 15 highest paying sporting events. The list is based on the prize money paid out to the winner of either a single event or a tournament, and does not include an event's total prize money or any season-long competitions that do not end in a playoff tournament (like the English Premier League).

See also the top 10 highest paid in 2011 according to Sports Illustrated, and the Forbes World's Highest Paid Athletes List 2011.

Most of the sporting events on the list are soccer tournaments (taking the top three spots, and 5 in total). The only other prominent sport is horse racing with three races listed. The winner of the highest prize in sports is the UEFA Champions League with $43.4 million awarded to the champions. The players are well paid, but all this does not go to them. The highest prize money for an individual in an event is the winner of the FedEx Cup, in 2010 it was US player Jim Furyk taking home a cool $10 million.

Rank Event Sport Latest Champion Prize
($ mill. USD)
1 UEFA Champions League Soccer Barcelona $43.4 million
2 UEFA European Football Championship Soccer Spain (in 2008) 33
3 FIFA World Cup Soccer Spain (in 2010) 31
4 FedEx Cup Golf Jim Furyk 10
5 UEFA Europa League Soccer Porto 9
6 World Series of Poker Poker Jonathan Duhamel (Canada) 8.9
7 The Super Bowl American Football Green Bay Packers 8.5
8 The World Series Baseball The San Francisco Giants (in 2010) 7.9
9 The Dubai World Cup Night Horse Racing Victoire Pisa (from Japan) 6
10 ICC Cricket World Cup Cricket India (in 2011) 4
11 The Japan Cup Horse Racing Rose Kingdom (in 2010) 3.13
12 The Breeder's Cup Classic Horse Racing Blame (in 2010) 2.7
13 The Indy 500 Auto Racing Dan Wheldon (USA) 2.6
14 FA Cup Soccer Manchester City (2011) 2.6
15 The Australian Open Tennis Novak Djokovic and Kim Clijsters (2011) 2.3


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