The ongoing debate about who had the better playing career between LeBron James and Michael Jordan may never end, but one thing that is not up for debate is who had the better financial career.
According to the Sportico, LeBron has earned $330 million in player salaries since being called up in 2003. That plus he made a massive $700 million through endorsements, merchandise, licensing and media. His endorsements with AT&T, Beats, Blaze Pizza, GMC, PepsiCo, Rimowa and Walmart alone bring in more than $100 million a year. And we can’t miss his partnership with Nike, with which he signed a lifetime deal in 2016 that brings in $30 million a year on its own.
Not only is LeBron the first player in NBA history to pass that financial milestone while active, but he is also only the sixth athlete worldwide to reach that milestone. LeBron is on an exclusive list that includes Tiger Woods, Floyd Mayweather, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Roger Federer.
Kevin Durant is the next NBA player to follow LBJ with $580 million in career earnings, followed by Stephen Curry with $430 million.
Another debate between LBJ and MJ is who had the better Space Jam movie. LeBron aficionados will support the new version, while Jordan aficionados will argue for the 1996 version, but another thing you can’t argue about is who broke the bank.
Since its release, ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ collected $31 million at the box office, which is about 3.4 million tickets sold, while the original’space jam’ debuted with a gross of $27.5 million, which would equate to approximately 6.2 million tickets sold.
Are you surprised that LeBron James is the first player with $1 billion in career earnings?