Defending champion Maria Sharapova powered through to the semi-finals of Stuttgart WTA 2014 tournament in Friday’s quarter-finals. She was playing against top seed Agnieszka Radwanska and picked a straight win by 6-4, 6-3.
Sharapova admitted that it was a big win for her. It was 11th straight win in Stuttgart for her and she is biding for a hat- trick of title after winning consecutive 2012 and 2013 tournaments. Stuttgart becoming luckiest for her she must be grabbing the title soon.
Sharapova claimed her 9 wins in 11 matches against the polish Radwanska, the world no 3. It took one hour 39 minutes for claiming her victory in this match.
After a total of seven breaks at the start of the game, Sharapova finally won her first service game to take control of the first set.
Spain’s Carla Suarex Navarro or Italy’s Sara Errani will be waiting for her in the saturday’s semifinal in stuttgart WTA 2014.
After winning all four grand slams, Sharapova is desperate to get the three successive wins in the stuttgart WTA 2014.
If the Russian wins she will get an extra bonus point as if she would fail to win against Radwanska we would have seen her falling out of the top ten for the first time in the three years.
In 2012 Stuttgart WTA final Sharapova beat Victoria Azarenka in 6-1, 6-4 straight set to win the first title of that year. The tournament named Porsche tennis grand prix was held in between 24-04-12 to 29-04-12 participated by 28 tennis players from different countries. In the semi Maria sharapova met P.Kvitova and beat her by 6-4, 7-6 sets to run towards final.
Last year, in 2013 Sharapova beat N.Li in a straight 2-0 win. Towards the final she beat S. Errani in 6-1,6-2 sets in the semifinal. She defended her title. This tournament was held in 22 to 28 April.
Will the tennis queen defend her title again in Stuttgart? It seems quite a challenging for the former no 1 ( currently 9). It will be a exciting game in the semifinal. Lets wait and see.
Youth is the best time to cherish a dream. If someone wants to be a sportsman, it is the perfect time to show the potential. Sports are best performed by the youngsters. They have the exact fitness and flexibility to perform their best in this regard. This is the main reason to find the talented youngsters in the schools and colleges all around the world. Most of the colleges around the world have their sports team as a part of their co-curricular activities. There are many colleges which are more known for their sports teams to the world. Although, some sports are not so popular at the college level, while some other specific sports have gained huge popularity among the youths.
Here we enlisted the Top 10 most popular college sports in the world. Let’s have a look at the top 10 list which hopefully remind you your college life.
10 Most Popular College Sports in the World:
10. Track and Field
Track and field is a kind of sport that includes many different events. The game involves the competition of individual young athletes in separate events along with the combined one. The United States is well known for hosting different disciplines of track and field for both male and female at the school level. Sponsored by many famous schools, United States has become the home of track and field.
Most of the US schools sent their students in this mega sports event from middle school level through college and feature in a track and field team. USA offers a stunning development in creating big talents through high school track and field. Many US athletes try to build themselves to the Olympic standards from the high school level. The national event of track and field is just the selection process to find the best.
Table tennis is a widely popular indoor sport especially in the South-East Asian countries. In fact it is the no. 9 in our list of top 10 most popular college sports in the world. Countries like China, Korea, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore etc. practice table tennis at the high school level. This may be the main reason behind their success in the big events like Olympic Games. Table tennis has been a part of Olympic since 1988 and it is governed by the ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation).
The table tennis association was formed in Britain in 1921 and in 1926, it was renamed as International Table Tennis Federation. In United States, the table tennis association was founded in 1933. Besides Olympics, there are several professional table tennis competitions at club levels, like the national league of countries such as China, France, Germany, Austria and Belgium as well as international club team table tennis championships.
Volleyball is a notably popular sport in Unites States both at the college and University levels. Volleyball stands at no. 8 spot in our list of top 10 most popular college sports in the world. Most of the Olympic sports offer both sexes to be participated. However, volleyball would be the only sport which is dramatically promoted as female’s game. In the 2013/14 academic year, there were 1064 NCAA volleyball member schools, of which 329 were selected in top level Division I.
NCAA also sponsors volleyball for women at the University level. There were around 16,647 participants across all three divisions in NCAA. There are about 109 schools offering varsity volleyball for men in all three divisions. On the other hand, beach volleyball is gaining popularity day by day, too. In 2012, beach volleyball is sanctioned along with college volleyball in United States for the first time.
Tennis is a kind of racquet sport which is played between two single player and two teams consisting two players each. Although, it is not a popular sport in Olympic, the game is played at different levels of society by millions of youngsters as a mere source of excitement. There are four Grand Slams in tennis which are widely popular around the world. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) conducts a junior tour to let the young players establish a world ranking as well ATP or WTA tennis ranking.
Most of the young tennis players enter into the big tournaments through ITF. Some reached the ATP tour directly from junior tour. The ITF facilitates the colleges to grow such potentials in many different ways. Tennis is gradually becoming one of the most popular college sports in the world nowadays.
Ice hockey is one of the most popular winter sports in the world. The major professional Ice hockey league in North America is known as the NHL. The NHL may not be as popular as NFL or NBA, it is one of the most popular college sports in the world. The followers of this game is gradually increasing at the college level. Junior Ice hockey league in Canada plays a huge impact in developing players for NHL.
The Frozen Four is the most renowned college Ice Hockey tournament at the national level. The game is mainly played in the Northeastern and upper Midwestern of USA and most of the part of Canada.
Baseball is the most popular participatory sports in USA. Major League Baseball is the highest level of baseball competition in America. The junior baseball serves mainly as a development system to inspire the young generation. Every American University has its own baseball teams.
The recent stars developed their skill and proved themselves from their very beginning of varsity levels. There are also collegiate summer baseball leagues, taking place in every towns in America. The game has become one of the most popular college sports in the world.
Cricket is the most popular game especially in the commonwealth countries. The sport has gained its popularity at the college and varsity level. The most schools and colleges in England have their cricket teams. Even in India, the game is well played at the school and college level. The Ranji trophy has become a vital stage for the Indian youngsters.
Great cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar all started their cricket career at the college level and we all know what they did for India later. So, it is really inspiring for the young fellas to follow them and developed themselves as cricketers.
College soccer is the most popular sport in US as well as in European countries. The institutions hire full time professional staffs and coaches to teach the students. There are many collegiate soccer associations in US, namely NAIA, NCAA, USCAA, NCCAA etc.
The professional US soccer clubs use to hire talented players after the NCAA college season. Thus the college students get the chance to enter the national level. Soccer is indeed one of the most popular college sports in the world.
In the recent times, a statistic showed that, around 26 million American are playing basketball since its invention in 1891. Basketball is a popular college game in United States. The professional American basketball league is known as NBA. Various basketball competitions at high school and college level are becoming very much important for the young players.
Every year in March, a 68-college basketball team- tournament is organized called March Madness. The competition decides the NCAA Division I Men’s college basketball championship. Most of the high schools in different states of US declare champions and also harvest a huge fans surrounding the game.
American football is simply known as Football in USA. It the most played sport at the school and college levels in United States. The game has been ranked as no 1 in our list of top 10 most popular college sports in the world. American Football has a greatest number of participants at the college levels. The highest national football competition is named NFL (National Football League).
During the fall months in American colleges, the sport gather a millions of fans especially on Friday and Saturday. The fans and the alumni use to very passionate about their own college teams. American football has truly put a great impact in United States’ young society and it is a true sign of their sports development.
Sports clubs are kind of organizations of athletic members who participate in the various sports leagues in the world. These are one of the largest commercial networks which are consisting of popular professional players who represent their particular clubs in popular sports leagues and have a huge viewership throughout the world. Signing the top players cost these clubs a huge amount of money every year. The eminent clubs are always willing to take the risk as they all know that with the popular names associated with them, people will watch the game with much more interest. As a result, all these renowned sports clubs earn a great deal of money.
Today, Sporty Ghost brings to you the list of Top 10 Richest Sports Club Owners. Not necessarily, all they had to be sportsmen to be an owner of a sport club, majority of them are high business tycoons. In fact, all of them are not only sports fan but also some intelligent money investors.
Top 10 Richest Sports Club Owners in the World
10. Joe Lewis
Joe Lewis is a British businessman who currently owns the English professional football club, Tottenham Hotspur of English Premier League. He is a billionaire with an estimated wealth of $4.2 billion. Joe Lewis is enlisted as the ninth wealthiest person in United Kingdom, according to Forbes. He has established himself as a currency trader back in 1980s and 1990s. He currently lives in Bahamas as a tax exile.
But still, he is an active FX trader. The event, Black Wednesday was thought to be the main reason behind Joe Lewis’s incredible source money. Currently, he is in a process of opening a multi-building center for medical science near Orlando, this year.
9. Micky Arison
Micky Arison, an Israeli-born American businessman who is currently the owner of NBA’s Miami Heat. Micky is acting as the chairman of Carnival Corporation, which is the largest cruise operator of the world. He was also the CEO of this company, from 1979 to 2013, and then replaced by Arnold W. Donald, who also had served the company for 12 years. Ted Arison, the son of Micky Arison, is the co-founder of Carnival Corporation.
Micky Arison owns two 200 feet long yachts, which have been his home for many years. Likewise, many other big bosses in the world, Micky was also a drop out from University of Miami. He is the 169th wealthiest person in the world, according to Forbes in 2011, with the estimated $5.9 billion money into his account. Micky Arison’s trump card LeBron James is one of the highest paid athletes in the recent time in sports.
8. Richard DeVos
Richard DeVos is the 60th wealthiest person in the United States and 205th in the world, according to the Forbes’ list in 2012. With a net worth of around $5 billion, Richard DeVos is the owner of Orlando Magic in NBA. The American businessman ranks 8th in our list of top 10 richest sports clubs owners in the world. Along with Jay Van Andel, he is the co-founder of Amway group. It is a multi-purpose American company, which provides the daily dose of American lifestyle.
7. Silvio Berlusconi
Silvio Berlusconi, the media tycoon and an Italian politician, who served three times as Italian Prime Minister. As a member of our top 10 richest sports club owners in the world, Berlusconi owns the Italian Serie A football club, AC Milan. Forbes ranked him the 141th richest man in the world in 2015, while his net worth was estimated $8.0 billion. For his powerful gesture in all around Italy, he was nicknamed as “The Knight”.
He is also the 12th powerful man in the world, according to Forbes in 2009. However, irrespective of his political power, Silvio Berlusconi is currently facing some allegations due to tax fraud and sexual harassment.
6. Philip Anschutz
Philip Anschutz is an American entrepreneur, who bought out his father’s drilling company in 1961. The American business tycoon is the co-founder of Major League Soccer in United States. He also owns multiple teams, like Chicago fire, Houston Dynamo, Los Angeles Galaxy, San Jose Earthquakes. He also showed his influence in NBA by owning Los Angeles Lakers, and Los Angeles Kings.
In 2014, Forbes magazine enlisted his name as the 38th richest person in the United States with an estimated wealth of $11 billion. He stays at no 6 in the list of top 10 richest sports club owners in the world.
5. Roman Abramovich
A Russian businessman, investor and politician, Roman Abramovich is the current owner of the English Premier League club, Chelsea. He raised a Private investment company named Millhouse LLC, which deals with multiple assets like Russian Aluminum, Aeroflot Russian Airlines, and Russian Oil companies (Gazprom Neft) etc. in 2015, Roman Abramovich has gathered an estimated wealth of around 9.1 billion, which makes him the 12th richest man in Russia. However, the Chelsea owner has gone through some difficult time when he deliberately fired the manager Andre Villas-Boas.
4. Mikhail Prokhorov
He is a Russian politician, a multi-billionaire and the current owner of NBA team, Brooklyn Nets. He completed his graduation from Moscow Finance Institute. Afterwards, he worked in the financial sector and subsequently, with hardship attained the success of being such a rich man. The metal man was better known for his Norilsk Nickel, which is the world’s largest nickel and palladium producer.
He also owned the largest Gold producing company in Russia, named Polyus Gold. He was a candidate in Russian Presidential election in 2012, where he turned third by getting 7.94% of total vote. With the estimated net wealth of $10.9 billion, Mikhail Prokhorov is the no. 4 in our list of top 10 richest ports club owners in the world.
3. Paul Allen
Paul Allen is a famous Microsoft guy, who is best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation along with Bill Gates. He is also a philanthropist, an investor and over all a sports lover. He is the current owner of American professional NBA basketball team Portland Trail Blazers. He also owns a football team, Seattle Seahawks in NFL. Currently, he has marked his name as the 51th richest man in the world with the net worth of $17.5 billion.
As an investor, he has invested millions of dollars into technology companies. He is the founder of Vulcan Inc., which main task is to manage his various business and maintain the philanthropic efforts all around the world.
2. Rinat Akhmetov
Rinat Akhmetov is a Ukrainian business tycoon and is the founder and President of System Capital Management (SCM). In 2015, he was ranked as the 216th wealthiest man in the planet, who has an estimated wealth of 6.5 billion. He is the current owner and President of Ukrainian football club, Shakhtar Donetsk.
During the 2014 Russia-Ukraine pro-conflict, Rinat Akhmetov was said to be the principal financial backer for the militants in Donetsk. But, his role was questionable in this regard. However, his football team, FC Shakhtar Donetsk became the first ever as a Ukrainian team to achieve the UEFA Champions League title in 2009.
1. Mukesh Ambani
An Indian business tycoon and the managing director of Reliance Industries Limited, Mukesh Ambani, is the current owner of Indian Premier League team Mumbai Indians. He was the 36th most powerful person in the world, according to the Forbes list in 2014. In 2013, he was the richest man in India and second richest man in Asia. He is the 19th richest man in the world with the personal net worth of 23.6 billion.
Mukesh Ambani is also the top man in our list of top 10 richest sports club owners in the world. He has been the richest person of India for six years in a row. He is currently chairpersoning the Board of Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, a leading business school in India.
All these multi-billionaires have one thing in common. They all love sports and like to invest in sports. After all, sports is a good business to invest in. The business can draw a huge profit with its increasing height of popularity. The media coverage, the players, the viewers, all play a vital role in this regard. Some people just want to enjoy the game. Hope, you and I, are among this category.
American football is one of the most popular sports in United States. The game is widely played all over the country. National Football League (NFL) is the professional American football competition. The NFL footballers reach the highest level in football because of their tremendous hard working as well as their athletic ability with extraordinary competitiveness. It must be a great feeling for an American footballer to be on the top. Both mentally and physically, they had to stay strong and face the immense challenge. This popular American sports has produced so many legends over the years and some are notably famous for their style of play.
Today, Sporty Ghost have enlisted the Top 10 NFL Leading Scorers of All-time. All these names are very popular among the football loving Americans. So let’s find out something new about all these football legends.
Top 10 NFL Leading Scorers of All-time
10. Norm Johnson: 1,736
The former American football placekicker, Norm Johnson played continuous 18 seasons in NFL. The NFL legend marked his step in different NFL teams throughout his long career. Teams like Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, and Pittsburgh Steelers are grateful to him for his enormous contribution. Norm Johnson finished his football career with 366 of 477 field goals (76%), which gave him a total 1,736 points.
In 2013, he ranked at no. 10 in the list of NFL leading scorers of all-time. During his tenure with the Seattle Seahawks, Johnson endured a nickname “Mr. Automatic. His famous 46-yard field goal in Steelars’ 27-17 Super Bowl loss to Dallas Cowboys was a memorable one.
John Kasay is an American football kicker who is one of the most prolific figures in NFL. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks as a 1991 NFL fourth round draft. He held the record for most field goals in a single season which is 37, achieved in 1996 NFL season. Three years later, Olindo Mare broke his record by scoring 39 field goals. Again, the record was broken by Neil Rackers and later by David Akers.
John Kasay holds many records into his name as a placekicker. He ranks second for field goals made from 50+ yards. In 2009, Kasay hit the 400th field goal record. He is the no. 9 in our list of top 10 NFL leading scorers of all-time.
The former Denver Broncos placekicker, Jason Elam played a total 15 seasons for the Broncos while spent two with the Atlanta Falcons. With Denver Broncos, Elam has won two Super Bowl rings. He is also a three-time Pro Bowl selection. He is famous for the longest field goal in NFL history at 63 yards, while later, Matt Prater broke the record with a 64-yard field goal.
7. George Blanda: 2,002
George Blanda spent more seasons in NFL than any other NFL player, having played 26 season in professional American football. At the time of his retirement, he was the leading scorer than anyone in the history. Before retiring in 1976 at the age of 48, he is the only two players in the NFL history to play in four different decades.
Blanda holds another record of being the most extra point kicker in NFL. George Blanda is a very familiar figure in the NFL hall of fame. The list of top 10 NFL leading scorers of all-time will be truly incomplete without George Blanda.
The Greek descent, Matt Stover was one of the most accurate kickers in the history of National Football League. Stover played for the Cleveland Browns, the New York Giants, and the Baltimore Ravens. Indianapolis Colts signed him on 2009 as a replacement for the injured kicker Adam Vinatieri. Matt Stover spent his last days in football playing for Baltimore Ravens.
At the time of his retirement in 2011, Stover was the last remaining member of the Cleveland Browns still active in the National Football League. He was the fourth in NFL leading scorers of all-time at his retirement.
John Carney played in NFL firstly as an undrafted free agent signed by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1987. He also played football for Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Diego Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants. At the time of his release from New Orleans Saints in 2009, he was the third in NFL leading scorers of all-time list, with 2,044 points. He is the last remaining player from the 1980s who is still active in NFL. His service as a kicking consultant at Saints was widely admired among the fans.
4. Adam Vinatieri: 2,146
Adam Vinatieri is a placekicker who plays for Indianapolis Colts in NFL. So far, Vinatieri has played five Super Bowl football tournaments in his career. He is the Super Bowl winner in 2001, 2003 and 2004 with the New England Patriots and in 2006 with the Indianapolis Colts. He holds the record of appearing in most Super Bowls (5) and winning the most Super Bowl rings (4) as a placekicker.
At the age of 42, Adam Vinatieri is still an active NFL player. He was nicknamed “Automatic Adam” for his accuracy in kicking the ball. He has scored several match winning field goals in the NFL history. Adam Vinatieri is at No. 4 in our list of top 10 NFL leading scorers of all-time.
He spent his entire 21-year career playing for the Detroit Lions in NFL. The one-club man firstly drafted by the Lions in the 2nd round of the 1992 NFL draft. Hanson is the record holder of being the most game-player with one single team. Before he got retired in 2013, Hanson played over 296 games for the Lions.
In 2012, he broke another record of being with one team for most years (21). This longest tenured Lion scored a stunning 2,150 points during his whole career. He stays at no 3 in our NFL leading scorers’ list.
2. Gary Anderson: 2,434
Gary Anderson was the first NFL kicker to have a perfect regular season in 1998. He successfully made every field goal and every PAT during that season. He was a 1982 NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills as a placekicker. He also signed contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers where he spent 12 long seasons. In 1995-96 season, Gary Anderson signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Again next season, he moved to the San Francisco 49ers. He is particularly renowned for wearing a one-bar face mask throughout his football career. With 2,434 points, Gary Anderson is the 2nd among the NFL leading Scorers of all-time.
1. Morten Anderson: 2,544
He was nicknamed as “The Great Dane”. Morten Anderson holds the record of being the all-time leading scorer in NFL. He is also a highest point scorer for two different rival teams in NFL, New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons. Morten spent 13 seasons playing for the Saints, while for Falcons, he spent a combined eight seasons. The NFL kicker officially retired in 2008, holding several records in his hands.
He is the holder of following NFL records:
●Most points in NFL: 2,544
● Most game played: 382
● Most field goals attempted: 709
● Most field goals: 565
● Most seasons with 75 or more points: 24
● Most consecutive games played by a placekicker: 248
The sports industry is a vast field of international business and is becoming commercialized day by day. The sports business is more competitive than the competitions between athletes. The television networks race between themselves to broadcast certain sporting events. In addition, different sports brands also take part in this competition to sponsor some of the biggest stars in sports. All these sports brands are highly concerned with their value and image. The sports brands have attained huge popularity around the world. They are also earning a great deal of money through these businesses.
Our team have got an idea to enlist the top 10 richest sports brands in the world. The list is consisting of some of the premier television networks and also some sports apparel brands. Their net value were calculated as the amount of business they would fetch in an arm length transaction. The list of top 10 richest sports brands in the world is concerned with sports business and does not include any sports franchises. So, here it is-
The MSG Network is a regional radio and television service in United States. The network is specially focused on the sports teams from New York City. The TV channel is hereby named after Madison Square Garden (MSG) and they broadcast games of New York Knicks, New York Rangers and WNBA’s New York Liberty alongside the soccer matches played by the New York Red Bulls of MLS.
They has been broadcasting the exclusive events of New York Giants since 2010. The sister of this channel, MSG Plus also broadcast the NHL games with special attention to the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders. The estimated worth of MSG Network in 2013 was increased by $70 million and now it is about $300 million. MSG Network stands at No. 10 in the list of top 10 richest sports brands in the world.
Major League Baseball Advanced Media, in short MLBAM is a limited partnership business network of the MLB club owners. It is the internet and interactive branch of Major League Baseball and currently based in New York City. MLBAM operates the official website of MLB. The site publishes news, standings, statistics and match schedules. The site also offers live audio and video broadcasts to the subscribers.
The company distributes ESPN’s online sports video, which include the BCS Championship games. MLBAM also owns the websites of WWE and Guns N’ Roses. With estimated $480 million income, MLBAM is at 9th place in the list of top 10 richest sports brands in the world.
NESN stands for New England Sports Network, which is the regional television channel in the six New England states in USA. NESN mainly broadcasts the games of Boston Red Sox and the Boston Bruins. They also covers the news of regional college basketball games. The channel was launched in 1984 and moved to be the basic cable network later in 2001. They offer a monthly subscription fee of $3.56, which is the 3rd highest fee charged by any regional sports network in United States.
NESN is currently a joint business of Delaware North, who own the Boston Bruins and TD Garden and the Fenway Sports Group, who own the Boston Bruins and English soccer club Liverpool FC. NESN is at No. 8 spot in our list of top 10 richest sports brands in the world.
The Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network (YES Network) is the primary broadcasting network of New York Yankee and Brooklyn Nets. The YES Network is officially based in Manhattan. After launching in 2002, YES have spread their network in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and some parts of Pennsylvania. The YES Network have soon gained the popularity and become the most watched regional sports channel in the United States.
The 20% share of YES Network is owned by the Yankee Global Enterprises and the remaining 80% of the company is owned by 21st Century Fox. Global advertisement is the main money source for the YES Network. They earn more percentage of money than any other regional sports network in the world.
Reebok is the first sports shoe company in this list and they are also the 1st member in the billion club. The company, with a revenue of $1.1 billion, stands at No. 6 in the list of top 10 richest sports brands in the world. Reebok was founded in 1895 in Bolton, England. They have been a subsidiary of another major sports shoe company, Adidas since 2005. In 2012, Reebok earned a profit of $1.2 billion. Their $0.1 billion loss may be attributed that they are no longer the exclusive kit provider for the NFL. Most recently, Reebok seems to be forging multiple partnerships with Spartan Race and Crossfit. Still, Reebok is one of the very popular sports brands throughout the world.
Under Armour is a famous American sportswear and accessories company, which was founded in 1996. They firstly invented the moisture-wicking shirts that were made from microfibers. These clothing helped the athletes a great deal by keeping them dry and preventing discomfort of being in a sweat soaked shirt. In 1999, the Under Armour clothing company got the task of being the outfitter for two Warner Bros movies, Any Given Sunday and The Replacements. They progressed to a new level in 2000, when the company became the outfitter for the XFL. Now, they sponsor the NFL Combine and also branched out to produce other products like athletic shoes. Currently, The Under Armour company earns 12% of their revenue from footwear sales. Under Armour is at No. 5 in the list of top 10 richest sports brands in the world.
The No. 4 spot in our list is allocated for the Sky Sports, which is a group of sports television network. Sky Sports was founded in 1991. The channels are operated by the British Sky Broadcasting company. Sky Sports telecasts news from numerous sports, like soccer, cricket, rugby, darts, golf, boxing, wrestling, formula F1 racing. The Sky Sports News Channel does not need any premium package subscription for the viewers.
Sky Sports network is the most eminent sports channel , broadcasting the English Premier League matches. Sky Sports have dominantly provided sports contents in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The Sky Sports television network played a vital role in encouraging England’s top football division to break away from the Football League and form English Premier League in 1992. It is the most influential sports media in Europe.
Adidas is a German sports brand that produces sports footwear, jerseys and various accessories. Adidas is a part of Adidas Group (AG), which also includes Reebok, TaylorMade, Rockport and a small percentage of Bayern Munich Football Club. The company was founded by Adolf Dassler, following a split with his brother, who went on to form another Sports brand Puma. Thus the rivalry between Adidas and Puma has started and still remains today.
According to Forbes magazine, Adidas became the only prominent sports brand, which provided over 5,000 sports outfits in 2012 London Olympics. Also, 30% of the medals captured were by athletes wearing Adidas brand. The company has made sponsorship deals with the biggest sports stars in the world, such as Derrick Rose, Steven Gerrard, Dwight Howard, Andy Murray, Robert Griffin III and many more. Adidas is at No. 3 in the list of top 10 richest sports brands in the world.
ESPN stands for “Entertainment and Sports Programming Network”, who often claims to be the worldwide leader in sports. ESPN is owned by the Hearst Corporation and the Walt Disney Company. ESPN sports network broadcasts live events from almost all sports and also live telecasts sport talk shows, sport documentaries and sports news shows. The channel is available on cable and reached to over 85% Americans. The subscription fee is $5.50 per month, which is the highest monthly subscription fee of any cable television network. ESPN was founded in 1979 and headquatered in Bristol, Connecticut.
ESPN is at No. 2 in our list of top 10 richest sports brands in the world. in 2013, the company earned over $6 billion in cable fees. The current net worth of ESPN is about $15 billion and now they have become the largest sports television network in the world.
Here we come, the No. 1 is here. Nike is the No. 1 richest sports brand in the world with a massive $17.3 billion value. They are the worldwide leader in athletic footwear. Nike dominates almost 20% of the sports footwear market and according for Forbes, that Nike has outperformed the Dow Jones United States footwear index by 50% in last five years. After founded in 1964, Nike was initially known as Blue Ribbon Company, which was owned by Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight. Later in 1971, the Company changed its name into Nike Inc. It is not just a shoe company, but a global giant in producing various sports accessories. Since 2013, Nike has been the exclusive uniform provider of all NFL teams in USA.
Nike was named after the Greek Goddess, who happened to be the goddess of victory. The company can claim to be victorious in all prospective, specially for being the richest sports brand in the world.
The National Hockey League (NHL) is a professional ice hockey competition in United States. NHL is one of the major professional sports leagues in Canada and United States. In the article of top 10 highest paid NHL players, we are about to present the top ice hockey players both in United States and Canada. The game of ice hockey is also widespread in European countries like Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Czech Republic, and the countries which have similar weather condition. Like baseball, basketball and American Football, NHL has a huge viewership all over the world. The NHL players earn a huge amount of salaries from the teams and their endorsements. They are not only known for their earnings, also famous for their incredible techniques with the hockey sticks.
Sporty Ghost team have took the initiative to enlist the top 10 highest paid NHL players. All these NHL players have various income sources and earn a substantial amount of money from endorsing big brands. So, let’s start the countdown-
Top 10 Highest Paid NHL Players:
10. Shea Weber
Shea Weber is currently playing for the Nashville Predators in NHL. The 6 feet 4 inches, Weber plays at the defense position for his team. Shea Weber was drafted in 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators. He is also a regular member of Canadian National Ice Hockey team. Currently, Weber is attached to a 14 year-contract with the Nashville Predators, which will leave him as a free agent in 2026. His club contract is worth of total $110,000,000, which also includes the signing bonus of $68,000,000. He has a guaranteed income of $110,000,000 with an average annual salary of $7,857,143 till the end of the contract.
He currently earns $14,000,000 as a base salary from his team Nashville Predators. He has earned a total $7,857,143 in the last 2014/15 season of NHL, which put him at No. 10 place in the list of top 10 highest paid NHL players.
Sidney Crosby is currently a Pittsburgh Penguins players at central position in NFL. The 5 feet 11 inches Crosby was drafted in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and enrolled in Pittsburgh Penguins as the 1st overall. He is also a regular member of Canada National Ice Hockey team. He currently holds a 12 year-contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The contract will be valid till 2025. The signing is worth of a total $104,400,000, which remains his guaranteed income. In addition, Sidney Crosby earns an average yearly salary of $8,700,000 according to his contact. Currently, he is earning around $12,000,000 as a basic salary with his team. In the 2014/15 NHL season, he has earned an outstanding $8,700,000. The No. 9 in the list of top 10 highest paid NHL players is assigned to his name.
Ryan Suter plays at the defense position for the Minnesota Wild in National Hockey League. He is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighed about 195 lbs. Ryan Suter was the 7th overall 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators. He is a current member of United States National Ice Hockey team. Ryan Suter has made a 13 year-contract with the Minnesota Wild after which he will be a free agent in 2025. The contract with the Minnesota Wild is valued a total $98,000,000. The contract also includes $25,000,000 as the signing bonus for Ryan.
He is the 8th highest paid NHL player in our list. The $98,000,000 remains his guaranteed income while the average annual salary is $7,538,462 till the contract ends. With the current team basic salary of $11,000,000, Ryan Suter ended the last season in NHL earning a stunning $7,538,462.
The New York Rangers player Henrik Lundqvist plays at goaltender position and has earned him the no. 7 position in our list of top 10 highest paid NHL players. He is heighted about 6 feet 1 inch and weighted 185 lbs. New York Rangers drafted him in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft as the 205th overall. He is a regular member of Swedish national ice hockey team. He currently holds the 7 year-contract deal with the New York Rangers, which will be valid till 2021.
His signing with the New York Rangers is worth of $59,500,000, which also includes the signing bonus of $14,000,000. His guaranteed income remains $59,500,000 and the annual average salary is $8,500,000. His current team basic salary is $11,000,000. In the last NHL season, Henrik Lundqvist has earned a total $8,500,000, which made the one of the highest paid NHL players in 2014/15.
Alex Ovechkin is currently playing at the left wing position for the Washington Capitals in the NHL. The 6 feet 3 inched was drafted in 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals. He is an important part of the Russian national ice hockey team. He holds a 13-year contract with the Washington Capitals, which will leave him as a free agent in 2021. The signing with Washington Capitals is valued over $124,000,000, which is his current guaranteed income with the team.
Alex is earning an average annual salary of $9,538,462 and basic team salary of $10,000,000. In the 2014/15 NHL season, he has earned a total $9,538,462, which eventually placed him at No. 6 in our list of top 10 highest paid NHL players.
5. Pavel Datsyuk
Pavel Datsyuk is presently playing for the NHL team Detroit Red Wings as a forward. Pavel was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, which is 171st overall draft for the team. He is also a member of Russian national ice hockey team. Currently, Pavel Datsyuk is in a 3-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings, which will end in 2017.
His signing with the team is valued around $22,500,000. He is at No. 5 in our list of top 10 highest paid NHL players. The team offers him $10,000,000 as a basic salary. Pavel Datsyuk earns an annual average salary of $7,500,000 and he will be able to earn this until the contract ends. In 2014/15 season of NHL, he has earned a total $7,500,000 with the Detroit Red Wings.
Claude Giroux I currently playing for the Philadelphia Flyers in NHL. In the team he makes his spot at the right wing position. He is 5 feet and 11 inches taller and 172 lbs in weight. Claude Giroux was the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. Besides his club, he also plays ice hockey for the Canadian national side. Currently, he is holding a 8-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. According to this contract, he will be a free agent in 2022.
The Philadelphia contract is worth of a total $66,200,000 including the signing bonus of $9,000,000. The contract value has become his guaranteed income. Additionally, he has an average yearly salary of $8,275,000 till the end of this contract. The Philadelphia Flyers pay him $10,000,000 as a basic salary. With the earnings of $8,275,000 in the last season of NHL, Claude Giroux is at No. 4 in our list of top 10 highest paid NHL players.
3. Philip Kessel
Philip Kessel is a right winger, who currently plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs in NHL. Kessel was drafted by the Boston Bruins as the 5th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He has signed a 8-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Besides his club, he is also a regular player of United States national ice hockey team. His deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs will be over in 2022, leaving him as a free agent.
His contact value is estimated a total of $64,000,000. The value also includes the signing bonus of $22,500,000, making him one of the highest paid NHL players in our list. Philip Kessel earns an annual salary of $8,000,000 according to the contract. The team is offering him $8,000,000 as a basic salary. In the last NHL season, he has earned the same amount of money.
The Russian national ice hockey player Evgeni Malkin currently plays for the NHL team Pittsurgh Penguins in the center position. Malkin is heighted over 6 feet and 3 inches and weighted 195 lbs. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He holds an 8-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins, which will be valid till 2022.
The contract he signed with the Pittsburgh is worth a total of $76,000,000, which also placed him at the 2nd spot in our list of top 10 highest paid NHL players. According to the signing, he also earns an average annual salary of $9,500,000. Evgeni Malkin has earned $9,500,000 in the 2014/15 season of NHL.
1. Eric Staal
Eric Staal is a Carolina Hurricanes player and is currently in the No. 1 in our list of top 10 highest paid NHL players. The 6 feet 4 inches and 205 lbs giant plays at the center position for his team. He also plays an important part for the Canadian National ice hockey team. Eric was drafted in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes, which made him the 2nd overall draft. He made a 7-year contract with his current team, which will leave him as a free agent in 2016.
The contract he signed is valued over $57,750,000, which is also his guaranteed income source. He has got an average annual salary $8,250,000 as per his signing with the team. He also earns a basic salary of $9,250,000 with a cap hit of $8,250,000 in the last NHL season.
All these players earn a great deal from their team salary. In addition, the brand endorsements also play a key role in boosting their bank accounts. For example, Sidney Crosby earns an amazing $4.5 million from his endorsements with Bell, Reebok, and Gatorade etc. So, truly, all of them are the proud members in the list of top 10 highest paid NHL players.
American professional tennis player and arguably world’s number one, Serena Williams has an estimated net worth of $145 million in 2016. She has recently been ranked number one in the world five times. And also earned the most prize money of any female athlete ever, which is around $36 million. Serena won Gold Medals at both the Sydney and Beijing Olympics.
She has been laid up most of the past years recovering from foot surgery. Again she had to endure a blood clot in her lungs that developed months later from 2010. Her 13 singles Grand Slam titles put her among the all-time greats in the game of Tennis. Serena Williams, along with her sister Venus has dominated the sport at various times throughout her career.
Full name:Serena Jameka Williams
Birth Place:Saginaw, Michigan
Height:5′ 9″ (1.75 m)
Source of Wealth:Tennis, Endorsements
Serena Williams Net Worth:
Serena Williams is quite an icon with her tennis-abilities and natural rhythm for the sport. People often refer the racket as an extension of her arm. Now a days she is to be considered as a potential brand of sports worldwide. Serena Williams net worth analysis can show you, how dramatically she has brought up her wealth from Tennis and various endorsement deals of the sport.
Serena is one of the highest-paid athletes with a brag-worthy net worth of about $145 million in 2016. Here we present her earnings and financial data, according to The Richest –
Earnings & Financial Data:
$15,000,000 (Nike and Kraft Foods endorsement)
Serena Williams Net Worth Facts:
Serena Williams has probably shocked her fans heavily when she went for the tennis Grand Slam at the U.S. Open this summer and missed the chance to make a remark on history due to a loss to Roberta Vinci. But she got it well as experience and never thought as a loss. But still, she is a 21-time grand slam champion and she has certainly come a long way through the journey in Tennis.
Here we are going to celebrate some of the most fascinating facts about Serena Williams net worth 2016. We can compare her net worth with some of the other Tennis celebrities, her clothing fashion, house and endorsement facilities in 2016.
Serena Williams is ranked number one and Maria Sharapova is ranked fourth. They have had some major gaps in the amount of money they earn on and off the Tennis court. Williams’ $74 million in career prize money is almost double than Sharapova’s estimated $36.5 million.
But Serena Williams has 21 Grand Slams titles, which is four times as much as Sharapova’s five titles. So Williams’ on-court record and money can easily shatter Sharapova.
Clothing Line at New York Fashion Week:
Serena Williams started playing tennis with her sister Venus Williams at the age of three. The Williams sisters are also known for being fashion icons in states. Both have their own fashion lines. While Serena Williams introduced new additions to her line Signature Statement at New York Fashion Week last year.
It was shortly after losing the U.S. Open semifinals, clearly determines, she didn’t let the loss get her down and showed what she can do in the fashion world on the go.
“It’s been keeping me busy and keeping me happy because I love fashion”
Her line basically features casual pants, skirts, leggings, dresses, cardigans, shirts and sweatshirts. This is the second time her line has been featured at New York Fashion event.
Her sister, Venus, also has an interest in fashion. She also has her own athletic clothing line, namely EleVen. This brand also features everything from tennis skirts to sports bras. According to Venus herself –
“Get people moving, healthy and feeling damn good about how they look and feel”
Stake in the Miami Dolphins with Venus Williams:
Williams’ sisters bought a stake in the Miami Dolphins in 2009. That means they are limited ownership partners. More interestingly Jennifer Lopez and Gloria Estefan are also stakeholders with the Dolphins. But there is a slight difference in this case. Serena and Venus are the first African American females to have ownership in a NFL franchise.
Previously they were living in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. In fact they have grown up in the area and were been Miami fans for long time. Serena told –
“I am so excited to be part of such a renowned organization. Having spent so much of my childhood in the area, being involved with a staple of Miami culture is a huge honor”
But, remember, this isn’t just a business transaction. Both the Williams are contributing to history by setting the tone for entrepreneurship in the black community. As Mike Dee (Chief Executive Officer of the Miami Dolphins) said –
“We are focused on diversifying our fan base and broadening our reach. Having these high profile celebrities owning some of the team will help us get more people to the games”
5 Year, $40 Million Contract with Nike:
Counting on Serena Williams net worth 2016, here it’s the big deal. Nike’s hefty contract with Williams benefits both parties. She has been guaranteed Nike’s endorsement for five years to the tune of $40 million.
Obviously Nike expects that the deal will up its presence in the women’s athletic-apparel market. This contract will probably also include sales royalties and performance incentives.
Some of Williams’ other endorsement worth mentioning include Gatorade. Part of Gatorade’s ‘Serena 21’ art series campaign, they made a mural that features several depictions of Serena along with tennis symbols and quotes to commemorate different milestones in her career before the US Open Last year. There are 21 paintings altogether that make the larger mural come to life.
New Home in Palm Beach Gardens – Cost $2.5 Million:
Serena Williams’ newly built Florida home in Palm Beach Gardens had a large price tag of $2.5 million. The 1.25 acre new home comes with a feature of pool, spa and a canal running behind.
Of course Serena has other property as well. She has got a 2.4 acre property in Jupiter, which was bought in 2014 for just over $4 million. But the Williams’ sister mansion is larger than any other (10,000 square feet).
Serena Williams vs Maria Sharapova: Who’s Worth more?
From such a wealth of success, Serena Williams has collected a fair amount of prize money along the way. That puts her first on the all-time list of female tennis players and fourth on the all-time list of both men and women.
In comparison with that unbelievable height, Maria Sharapova’s tennis career is a blundering failure. Only five Grand Slam titles and a single Olympic Silver can never compete I should say. That success, has raked in a “piffling” $34.9 million earnings, pretty much half that won by the younger American Tennis star. Undoubtedly Serena Williams is considerably richer than her Russian rival.
But Maria Sharapova is nothing short of a money-making machine. Outside the court, she has endorsements with the likes of Porsche, Tag Heuer and Evian. These altogether definitely pay her almost twice what Wilson contribute in Serena Williams net worth.
Maria Sharapova is one of the most popular tennis sensations in the world. The former no. 1 in WTA singles has created a very powerful image in media. She is as stylish as glamorous in style. Sharapova is the only Russian tennis player to hold the career Grand Slam. She has a very glorious tennis career with 35 WTA titles and an Olympic gold medal. She has been featured in number of renowned magazines like Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Sharapova also appeared in many promotional advertisements of Nike, Price and Canon. All these have been a great source of income for her as she was ranked highest paid female athlete for a record 11 times. The Sportyghost team has taken a step to accumulate Maria Sharapova HD wallpapers from famous websites. You can easily download any of these at your own choice.
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Golf club is an integral part in golf, which is used to hit the golf ball. Usually, a golf club is consisted of major parts, the shaft to grip the golf club and other end of the shaft is a head, which is used to hit the ball. Golf is a high-profile game, mostly played by the elite class. It is the most prestigious game in the world. However, there are many golf competitions, arranged all over the world. The golf players use many types of most expensive golf clubs. One has to spend a huge amount of money to buy any of these. These golf clubs are individually different both in action and shape. The players choose their own form of club in playing golf. The article is all about the top 10 most expensive golf clubs in the world. Hope, you’ll find the one which suits you.
There are many golf club manufacturers in the world. Among them, Japanese company “Homna” is famous for making gold and platinum golf clubs. Great players like Tiger Woods, Rory McIIroy all are very much fascinated with expensive golf clubs. Some players use to buy their personalized golf clubs made from renowned company. Here is the list of top 10 most expensive golf clubs in the world.
Top 10 Most Expensive Golf Clubs in the World
10. Maruman Majesty Prestigio Driver
It is a light weighted golf club, which gives the player a good feel of hitting a ball. This light weighted golf club has many advantages. One of many is that players can grip it nicely and has a better control in hitting. The golf club is manufactured by a famous company, Maruman and it’ll cost $2000 each to have one. Maruman is a famous brand in golf and they are best known for making prestigious golf clubs. Maruman Majesty Driver ranks at no 10 in our list of top 10 most expensive golf clubs in the world. Maruman is a perfect golf club with intense accuracy. It consists a titanium head, which gives a good balance. Maruman Majesty was sponsored in Japan PGA tour 1990.
Adams golf is a well known golf club manufacturer company. the company was established by Barney Adams in 1991 and headquartered in Texas, United States. At first, Adams Golf used to make customized golf clubs, which were rated best by the users. Golf legend Tiger Woods’ coach, Hank Haney was also served in Adams. Their Tight Lies Spin control is a commercially hit product. It is an amazing golf club with smooth gripping and control. The Adams spin control is cost around $8500. It has an elegant look with a supreme balance. It is a no 1 choice of many world famous golfers.
8. Titleist Scotty Cameron
Titleist is a famous golf club brand, which was used by Tiger Woods. The Titleist golf club became so popular, when it was accompanied by Tiger Woods in his most remarkable victory in golf. The Titleist and Tiger Woods were always a good composition. “Titleist” is the brand name of America’s top golf equipment supplier, FILA. After the huge commercial success of Titleist, the company made 21 editions of them. Titleist Scotty is made of pure metal brass and copper. The players can change its shape while traveling at high altitude. It is the no. 8 in the list of top 10 most expensive golf clubs with price of $20,000 each. For Tiger’s favourite stick, the price is not that much I think.
Honma is a famous Japanese golf club manufacturer. They have the most distinguished market of sophisticated golf clubs. Honma Five Star is a remarkable club in their collection. The golf celebrities like Jack Nicholson and Danny Devito were the devoted users of Honma Five Star golf club. The Five Star golf club set is comprised of 14 pieces, all of which are made of gold and platinum. It’ll cost you $32,000 to buy a Honma Five star set. The price is not a matter for those who knows Honma is a world class brand. It stands at no. 7 in our list of top 10 most expensive golf clubs in the world.
6. Plamer Patent Fork Shaft Wood
The Plamer Patent is a famous golf club, which is made by A.G Spalding and Brothers company. The company also produces basketball, volleyballs and products for soccer. It is one of the oldest sports manufactures, established in 1876. The Plamer Patent Fork Shaft Wood was sold at an auction for $49,000 in 2007, making it the 6th most expensive golf club in the world. It is a very stylish club, which provides player a better grip. It is a flawless golf stick in all aspect.
It is one of the oldest golf clubs in the world. There is an evidence of using long nose in 18th century. The golf club was appeared in Sotheby’s auction, 2007 and sold there for $91,000. Long nose scraped is still in a good shape. It is a rare antique piece and a treasure to collect for any golf player. The golf club is selected for no. 5 place in the list of top 10 most expensive golf clubs in the world. It is a well-furnished golf club and the most prestigious club in this list.
4. Golden Putter first Lady Special Edition
It is a renowned product made by German company Barth and Sons. The most amazing thing of this golf club is that its shaft is made of 24 carat gold, which is placed as 5.Micrometer thick coating. Cherry wood was used for making the shaft of Golden putter. The price is estimated $150,000 for one piece. The huge price is due to the diamonds and gold that are inserted in it. The club is very stylish in shape and it feels awesome while playing. Golden putter is at no. 4 in the list of top 10 most expensive golf clubs. Its elegant look is crafted by using cherry wood. Without diamond, one can get it at 50 times lesser amount.
It is another antique piece of golf club used in 17th century. Square Toe is the 3rd most expensive golf club in the world, which was auctioned for $151,000 in 2007. It became that expensive for the ancient use and historical significance. There are only few golf clubs that were used back in 17th century. The golf club is made of light iron, making it very user friendly. It’ll be a desirable piece for any antique collector and golf lover.
2. Simon Cossar fruitwood Metal Headed Blade Putter
The metal headed blade putter was manufactured by the company, Cossar Club. The company is one of the oldest in making golf clubs. They are famous for making the most fashionable golf clubs in the world. Metal headed blade was their masterpiece, which was sold in an auction in 1998 for $165,000. The shaft of the club is made of a very rare material named fruitwood and hozel that has made it a unique piece of golf club. It ranks at no. 2 in top 10 most expensive golf clubs in the world. it is one of the best creations of Simon Cossar company.
The long nosed putter has a stamp of its manufacturer, Andrew Dickson. It says, the golf club was made in early 1700’s. It’s the oldest verified golf club in the world. The club was sold in an auction by Sotheby in 2007. Price hiked to $181,000, making it the most expensive golf club in the world. It is also an ideal piece with smooth finishing line and craft.
The majority of most expensive golf clubs are ancient, mostly back from 17th century. This is the main reason to be so much expensive. However, there are many famous golf club maker company, who manufactures high profile clubs at high prices. Like every other golf players, you’ll have to need a gorgeous golf club to start. After all, the expensive golf clubs are the symbol of status in many societies.
Renowned sports brands are intimately engaged in the business of golf. They supply different tour-equipments and also endorse golf players at the higher level. Though, the players won golf tournaments with more than one brands golf clubs and balls. For instance, Tiger Woods originally played with Titleist brand when joining the PGA tour in 1996 and won four consecutive major titles from 2000 to 2001 with Titleist, before switching to Nike irons in 2002. It is apparent that players always prefer one brand to another. In fact, the one which pays them the most, soon become the best golf brands. Major golf brands endorsements play as vital earning sources for the golf players. Most of the luxury golf brands expect their players to use 12-14 clubs from their company and sport the logo on the hats and their golf bags.
Today, we’ll introduce you the top 10 best golf brands in 2016, who successfully endorse many famous players in golf. This golf brands list is very popular among the readers, so hopefully you’ll also enjoy it.
Top 10 Best Golf Brands in 2016
10. Bridgestone: Matt Kuchar
Bridgestone company has sponsored many PGA and LPGA tours, providing different golf equipments. The company is more famous for its tires than the golf club. However, they’ve planned to advertise their brand value through players like Matt Kuchar, Davis Love and Fred Couples. Matt Kuchar is one of the top appreciators of Bridgestone as he keeps the company’s weaponry in his golf bag. Kuchar is now ranking at no. 11 and had a stellar season in 2013, which assuredly pleased the Bridgestone company.
Bubba Watson is the highest ranked golfer sponsored by Ping. The 2012 Masters golf champion, Bubba Watson is ranking no 12 right now. He is the fifth longest hitter in 2013. However, Bubba’s contract with Ping is expected to end this year. It may be the talk of the day, whether he will stay with Ping or not. The Phoenix-based company has got their money worth.
Bubba uses following golf equipments branding Ping-
· Driver: Ping G
· 3 Wood: Ping G
· Irons: (2,4-9): Ping S55
· Putter: Ping Anser Milled Anser 1
· Wedges: Ping Glide
8. Mizuno: Luke Donald
Luke Donald has long been the brightest talent for Mizuno golf brand. The brand is ranked at no. 8 in our list of top 10 best golf brands in 2016. Donald signed a contract extension with Mizuno in 2013 in terms of using Mizuno irons and wedges. All these Mizuno clubs are the backbone of his steady short game in golf. In fact, Mizuno describes that the clubs are specially designed hand-in hand with Luke Donald.
Donald also promotes the company by talking it up. Upon resigning with the eminent Japanese company, Donald said,
” Mizuno is the most precise club-maker and I’m honored to represent the brand”.
Donald also visited the Mizuno plant in Hiroshima, Japan.
Australian Golfer, Jason Day has been honored for many years by the TaylorMade brand, which is one of the most popular golf brands in the world. The combination of TaylorMade and Jason Day is always proved to be better. Jason Day used TaylorMade equipments in his WGC championship victory this year.
Here’s a complete list of Day’s winning gear:
Driver: TaylorMade M1 (10.5° with Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver 70X shaft)
Fairway Woods: TaylorMade AeroBurner (16.5° set to 14.5° with Mistubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver 80X shaft)
Wedges: TaylorMade Tour Preferred EF (48°, 54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
Putter: TaylorMade Ghost Spider prototype
Ball: TaylorMade Tour Preferred X
6. Cobra: Ian Poulter
Ian Poulter is one of Cobra’s top ranked golfers. Poulter is currently ranking at 19 in the official golf ranking . the English golfer collected much fame in professional golf. Cobra has been his official staffer for 8 long years until he announced to move on with new endorsements in 2014. The 38-year old is most likely to switch to Titleist. He has been a successful European face of Cobra Puma brand. Cobra is at no. 6 in the list of top 10 best golf brands in 2016.
Srixon is a famous golf brands and equipment provider to the players. Their top golf staffer is Henrik Stenson. That was really a good pick-up for Srixon as the Swedish has shown some great potentials over the years. He spent a great season in 2013, winning both the FedEx Cup and race to Dubai and moving 3rd at Official Golf ranking. He is one of the highest paid golf players in 2016. He won over $6 million in PGA and additional $10 million as the winner of FedEx Cup. Srixon will be delighted with Stenson’s recent performance.
4. Titleist: Adam Scott
Adam Scott is the highest ranked Titleist staffer in the world right now. He was the former world no. 1 and won 29 professional tournaments all over the world. The Australian won Masters tournament in 2013 using Titleist equipments. Titleist has become the top golf brands for their advanced quality and services. The Titleist staffs, Adam is currently using is listed hereby-
The fifth-ranked Phil Mickelson is the Callaway Golf’s best player on staff. Callaway have signed a multi-year extension contract with Phil in 2014. According to the contract, Phil Mickelson will be playing using Callaway clubs and balls along with Callaway staff bag in golf tournaments. He first signed with Callaway in 2004 and since then, they have been integral partners. He has become company’s highest profile players, winning four major titles and many trophies afterwards.
2. Cleveland: Graeme McDowell
Nobody is better than Graeme McDowell with Cleveland clubs in their golf bags. Cleveland is one of the popular golf brands . The company ranks at no 2 in the list of top 10 best golf brands in 2016. A multi-year contract extension was signed by McDowell in terms of using Cleveland woods and wedges. Soon, he became an ambassador that any company would be honored to have. He achieved 14 professional wins in his career including 2010 US Open.
The Cleveland roster may not be very much long, but they have a pair of very popular and famous golf players, Keegan Bradley and Graeme McDowell.
Tiger Woods has been Nike’s top ranked staffer since 1996. The Oregon-based company has already forged the “Tiger Woods” as a brand. The Nike-Woods relation is on 20 years now and the both parties are immensely beneficial during the course. Woods initially signed a five-year deal with Nike, which was worth 440 million. Nike started to generate a huge revenue with the successes of Tiger Woods. Nike’s golf division have grown basically nothing to nearly a billion USD revenue since 1997. Nike is ranked at no. 1 in our list of top 10 best golf brands in 2016. Tiger Woods’ fame was the most significant component of Nike’s golf success.
Swimming is a popular water-based sport all over the world. It is also one of the most difficult sports, which requires extreme fitness and determination. Swimming is probably the most exciting sport event in Olympic games, both male and female division. There are almost 16 recognized events of swimming, held in a 50 meter pool. Swimming is one of the most watched events in summer Olympic games every time. Over the course of time, there have been many famous swimmers, who are considered as the most respected athletes in the world. Our today’s article is all about the top 10 best olympic swimmers of all-time.
All these swimmers are the best in their individual style. They are the perfect athletes having the taste of success at the peak. Our list was made according to their achievements in the Olympic games, the ultimate platform to perform. All of them are incredibly strong performers and skilled swimmers.
Top 10 Best Olympic Swimmers of All-time
10. Johnny Weissmuller
Full name: Johan Peter Weissmuller
Place of birth: Romania
Years active: 1929-1976
Olympic medals: 5 Gold medals, 1 bronze medal
Johnny Weissmuller was best known for playing Tarzan in films of 1930s and 1940s. he was also the best competitive swimming records holder of 20th century. Johnny was one of the fastest swimmers in 1920s. He attained 5 Olympic gold medals in swimming and 1 bronze in water polo. Alongside Olympic, he also won fifty-two US Swimming Championships and set more than fifty world records there. He was the best glamorous swimmer with a celebrity status. Johnny Weissmuller is the no. 10 in our list of best Olympic swimmers of all-time.
Alexander Popov is widely regarded as the greatest sprint freestyle swimmer in the world. He is still the only swimmer in the Olympic history to achieve four gold medals in freestyle events. He started his training at the age of just 8 and later moved to Australia for advanced training in swimming. In 1992 Barcelona Olympic, he won 2 gold medals in 50 m and 100 m freestyle and in 1996 Atlanta Olympic, he repeated it to make history. One month after the Atlanta Olympic, he was stabbed brutally by the street vendors, which threatened his life. He had to undergo surgery and recovered successfully. As soon as he gained his strength, he started to swim again. His return was so remarkable as everyone thought he’ll surely retire. Next year, he defended his 50 m and 100 m freestyle record in world championship.
Gary Hall Jr. is a famous Olympic swimmer. He achieved 5 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 2 bronze medals participating in summer Olympics. He represented United States at 1996, 2000 and 2004 summer Olympic games. Gary Hall Jr. is well known for his “pro-wrestling like” antics in swimming competitions. He used to shadow boxing and flexing for the audiences. His father, Gary Hall Sr. was also a Olympic swimmer. Gary Hall along with his father established the famous “Race Club”, which serves as a training camp for the best swimmers around the world. He is one of the best Olympic swimmers with most colorful personality. He earned immense popularity among his fans worldwide.
Olympic medals: 5 gold medals and 2 silver medals.
The former American swimmer, Aaron Peirsol is basically a backstroke specialist. He is the former world champion and world record holder in Olympic. He currently holds world records in 100 m and 200 m backstroke events in world swimming. He participated in three summer Olympic games and won five gold medals and two silver medals for United States. He also won a total of 36 medals in major swimming competitions. After announcing the retirement, Peirsol is now involved in number of charities. Currently, he is acting as an ambassador for the Global Water Foundation.
6. Denis Pankratov
Full name: Denis Pankratov
Place of birth: Volgograd, Russia
Age: 41 years
Olympic medals: 2 Gold medals and 1 silver medal
The former Russian swimmer Denis Pankratov is widely famous for winning the butterfly double at 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He won 100 m event while swimming more than 25 m underwater in the first lap and then another 15 m in opposite direction underwater. It was regarded as one of the unique events in Olympic games. Pankratov has developed his swimming skill into the butterfly event since childhood. Now, he is regarded as the best butterflier in the world. Before he got retired in 2002, Pankratov set seven world records in swimming. Denis Pankratov was named male Swimmer of the Year twice, in 1995 and 1996. He is at no. 6 in our list of top 10 best Olympic swimmers of all-time.
Ryan Lochte represents United States in the Olympic games. He is one of the dominant American swimmers, winning total 11 Olympic medals , which include 5 Gold, 3 Silver and 3 Bronze. He currently holds the world records in 4×200 m freestyle relay, 100 m, 200 m and 400 m individual medley. Lochte achieved World Swimmer of the Year award twice. Lochte started training swimming at the age of five by both of his parents. His father, Steven R. Lochte was his first swimming coach. The 31- year old is looking to gain more success in swimming pool. Hopefully, he will be taking part in upcoming 2016 Rio Olympics, representing United States.
The former American swimmer Matt Biondi stands at no. 4 in our list of top 10 best Olympic swimmers of all-time. He competes in three Olympic games and achieved a total of 11 medals. He set three individual world records in 50 m freestyle and another four in 100 m freestyle. 1988 Seoul Olympic was the remarkable one for him as he won five gold medals and set a new world record in 50 m freestyle event. Biondi competed in world championship between 1986 to 1991 and won six gold medals. Matt Biondi is the member of International Swimming Hall of Fame. In recent years, he is working as a school teacher and a swimming coach in Hawaii.
3. Mark Spitz
Full name: Mark Andrew Spitz
Place of birth: Modesto, California, USA
Age: 66 years
Olympic medals: 9 Gold medals, 1 silver medal and 1 bronze medal.
The former American top Olympic swimmer, Mark Spitz is a nine-time Olympic gold medalist and an outstanding career holder. 1972 Munich Olympic was the most notable for him as he set new world record in all seven events of swimming he participated there. His remarkable Olympic career is graced with 9 gold medals, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal. He is the 3rd best Olympic swimmers to achieve 9 gold medals. Mark Spitz also achieved 5 Pan Americans golds, 31 Amateur Athletic Union titles and 8 NACC titles. He was named World Swimmer of the Year three times notably in 1969, 1971 and 1972. He was the most decorated athlete until Michael Phelps broke his 7-gold record in 2008 Beijing Olympics. He is at no. 3 in our list of top 10 best olympic swimmers of all-time. Mark Spitz is a name of swimming legend.
Full name: Ian James Thorpe Place of birth: Sydney, Australia Nationality: Australian Age: 33 years Olympic medals: 5 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 1 bronze medal
Australian legendary swimmer, Ian Thorpe aka “Thorpedo” is a specialist in freestyle swimming. He holds the record by achieving most gold medals as an Australian athlete with 5 golds. He was the most successful athlete at 2000 Sydney Olympic games. Ian Thorpe is the youngest male athlete ever representing Australia at just 14 years old. He is also the first person to achieve six gold medals in world swimming competition. He has achieved eleven gold medals in World Championship so far which is still now the third highest of any swimmer. He was awarded the World Swimmer of the Year for a record four times. He has emerged as a philanthropist and runs a charity named “Ian Thorpe’s Foundation for Youth”.
Full name: Michael Fred Phelps Nicknames: The Baltimore Bullet, the Flying Fish Place of birth: Baltimore, Maryland, USA Nationality: American Age: 30 years Olympic medals: 18 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 2 bronze medals
Michael Phelps is the top Olympic swimmer in our list. He is considered as the most decorated Olympian of all-time with 22 Olympic medals in his three Olympic appearances. He currently holds the record of winning most Olympic gold medals (11) in individual events. The 2008 Beijing Olympic was the most memorable for him as he created the record of most first-place finishes (8) at any single summer Olympic games. Michael Phelps was named World Swimmer of the Year for a record seven times. His record breaking performances in all class of competitive swimming earned him the status of best American swimmer ever. He is a complete athlete who has achieved everything. Michael Phelps is the no. 1 in our list of top 10 best olympic swimmers of all-time. He is preparing for the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympic. The whole world will be waiting to see what Michael Phelps would do in his probable last Olympic.
The world famous Jamaican sprinter and a three-time World and Olympic gold medalist, Usain St. Leo Bolt has become quite a brand for the last few years. Being one of very successful athlete, Usain Bolt net worth has been declared to have approximation of 30 million dollars in 2016. So far, in total he has won three Gold medals at the Olympics, alongside three Gold and 2 Silver medals at the World Championships.
Usain Bolt was born on August 21, 1986 in Trelawny, Jamaica. He grew up with two siblings, his sister Sherine and his brother Sadiki. Wellesley and Jennifer Bolt (parents) owned and operated a grocery store when Usain was a child. People all over the world have seen him setting world records since he was a junior competitor. In fact this fastest man on earth has already broken his own record in the 100m sprint twice.
Usain Bolt Net Worth:
Bolt’s biggest sponsorship deal is with Puma which pays approximately $9 million a year. Puma renewed its sponsorship deal in 2010. Again, the German sportswear giant declared that Bolt received a sum that is by far the largest ever given to a track and field athlete. Though Puma did not disclose financial details. But some press reports refer these amounts as comparable to Nike’s four-year $32 million deal with football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
Bolt has been with Puma since he was 16. He introduced himself to the world at the 2008 Games. He set the world records in the 100 and 200 meter finals that year. We all can suspect that Usain Bolt earns little in prize money. But like many other renowned athletes, he also has a great deal of sponsors’ endorsement.
Source Of Wealth:Track
Agent:Gina Ford, Ricky Simms
Agency:Pace Sports Management
Earnings: Salary and Endorsements
Obviously Usain Bolt is one of the wealthiest sportsmen on the track. I believe, that’s very normal if you are seen to be the fastest running individual on the planet. His career in sprint brought vast amounts to Usain Bolt net worth, which made him one of the most famous individuals internationally. Usain Bolt’s specific skills in sport were understood when he attended school. His capability to run quickly was first valued by the high school cricket coach. He guided Bolt concentrate on track and field. Shortly after, Usain Bolt became the gifted young sprinters who at first of his sprint profession set records in the relay races of 100 meters, 200 meters and 4100 meters.
Therefore, it’s clear why the sprinter is being thus commended and receives lots of favorable media interest. There after Usain Bolt net worth had raised a lot as a result of his successful operation at London Olympic Games in 2012. The sprinter was among the short list of highest earning athletes around the world in 2012.
As for endorsement deals, Usain Bolt is called the facial skin of lots of well-known brands for example Hublot, Visa, Nissan, Puma, Gatorade and Virgin Media. Another element of Usain Bolt net worth comes from various looks for which he gets paid and additionally from prize money.
Bolt is one of the few people to emerge triumphant in the junior, youth and senior levels. In fact he is the first athlete to break world records for three different sprint events in a single Olympic events. No wonder, Usain Bolt is titled as “Lightning Bolt”. The success enjoyed by Bolt in his sporting career has turned him into a very rich man. His track and field prize money is estimated to be about 300000 USD per year.
Other than the German brand Puma, he also has multi million ad deals with telecom firm Virgin Media, Swiss watch giant Hublot and mobile gaming company RockLive. The fabulous wealth earned till date ensures the sprint legend a very luxurious lifestyle. He owns a very deluxe house at his native place Jamaica. He had recently acquired a Rum Cay Island ocean front property valued at millions of dollars in the Bahamas. Bolt also drives luxury cars like BMW.
Usain Bolt takes an active interest in the sports of cricket and football. His two favorite football clubs are Real Madrid in La Liga and Manchester United in English Premier League. He also has participated in charity cricket matches to raise money for noteworthy causes which added a charisma to Usain Bolt net worth. Most of his childhood was spent in taking part in different games like cricket and football.
Bolt is currently in a relationship with Slovakian fashion designer Lubica Slovak. The couple fiercely guard their privacy from the media and prefer to spend their spare time in Jamaica home.
Bolt is widely considered to be the best sprinter in the history of the sport. He made nearly $100,000 in prize money from his Olympic wins. He also broke two world records in the 100 and 200 meter races and received two $100,000 bonuses. Alongside Bolt makes the majority of his money from endorsement deals with brands. Out of $20.3 million in earnings, $9 million came from Puma alone for him to wear their brand of shoes. Bolt also charges $250-300,000 for a track meet appearance.
Considering Usain is only 29 years old today, he is young enough to compete in the 2016 Brazil Olympics. And if he stays on pace with earnings, Usain Bolt net worth should be well over $100 million when he arrives from Brazil in 2016.
From his speech, it was clear that he was happy playing a great match. And he is expecting a lot of positive things about the Rome Masters final. Nadal thinks that match as a good confirmation of playing better with the forehand flying and top spins.
It will be the eighth crown for the Spaniard in the Italian capital. On the contrary it was a slightly more circuitous route for his Serb adversary as to play the fifth Rome Masters final.
But definitely Novak Djokovic is the world’s no. two right now. At the past game, he was out on court nearly three hours against Canada’s Milos Raonic. But he prevailed eventually in three sets 6-7 (7/5) 7-6 (7/4) 6-3.
“It was a big win, it gives me a lot of strength and belief that I hope I can carry into tomorrow’s final and the rest of the season”
Errani has taken her game to another level. She must be having a lot of confidence having beaten two really good Top 10 players. And William needs to do a lot of work to beat her as everyone believes Errani has nothing to lose.
Adam Scott is determined as the world no 1 golfer. This time it’s not for a one-week wonder. And he prepares to play at the Crowne Plaza Invitational as the new world No 1 golfer.
Tiger Woods was the recent world no 1 golfer. Scott had missed out quite some occasions to jump above him at the top of the world ranking. Ironically he became the world’s best golfer last week.
To remain at the top of the tree, The Australian must return to action at Colonial in Texas, this week. But he knows very well that he could be one-and-out with Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar hot on his heels.
Stenson would need just a top-30 at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, if Scott misses. But if the Australian does make the weekend, Stenson will finish just around three places higher.
Matt Kuchar needs only a win at Colonial to take the top spot. But Adam Scott is determined not to end after just a week. Previously Ernie Els, Fred Couples and Tom Lehman all ended their first spells as world No 1 within just a week.
Last week he played the Byron Nelson and now he is going to play at Colonial in Fort Worth in part to be able to play as the world No 1. May be he understands now, how tight it is at the top of the rankings.
World No 1 golfer:
“It’s quite incredible really, to sit here as the world No 1 golfer. It’s an amazing accomplishment for me “
“Maybe trying to take some pressure off myself and just play golf’
Scott needs to work pretty hard to stay on top. But as a part of coming here this week he must enjoy to play as the No 1 golfer in the world. After then it will be decided what happens.
American Boo Weekley is the defending champion at Colonial. But except Ben Hogan nobody had ever been successful to defend consecutive titles at the event.
Boo Weekly believes that his form is better than last year after he finished fifth last week.
“I’ve got a lot more confidence, Last year I sat out on that driving range and I probably was averaging 400 or 500 balls in the morning and in the afternoon, as I missed the cut at the Byron”
“I’m hoping maybe this week here my putter will get hot kind of like what it did last year in the middle of the round and continue on”
No one has ever before dominated the French Open (a Grand Slam tennis tournament) like Rafael Nadal. He has an unmatched numbers of titles at the French Open.
Another record that reflects his talent is the 59-1. Looking at the 60 matches we can easily understand how he tips the balance in his favor.
Rafael Nadal opened his latest title defense Monday against Robby Ginepri of the United States. He has played 11,485 points at the French Open in nine years. All these points has significance beyond the win-and-loss column.
Nadal’s set and match percentages are overwhelming. Things are a lot closer on the level of games and points. Rafael Nadal has had such remarkable success at the French Open. He did this while remaining so close to a 50-50 battle in points won.
All the statistics of tennis show that each year the number one player in the world typically wins about 55 percent of all the points he plays. Particularly for that very season. So we can always say that every point matters.
Rafael Nadal has spent a total of 150.7 hours on court at the French Open since 2005. He has always been torturing the opponents with heavy topspin and controlling the flow of each match.
It looks like he has his opponent on a yo-yo. Unbelievably he been stretched to play a fifth set for only two times. Against John Isner and in last year’s semifinal victory over Novak Djokovic.
Rafael Nadal at the French Open
Percentage of Winning
Rafael Nadal has served 177 aces and 83 double faults in nine years. This is actually splendid performance for a better than 2-to-1 ratio in this critical first-strike area. He never did serve more than four double faults in a match. Only once did he reach double figures (10) in aces.
May be these numbers can suggest a heavy aversion to risk. Strongest thing about Nadal’s service games is getting his first serve in. he does this almost 71.1 percent of the time at the French Open. It can be considered extremely tough to break him as he wins 71.3 percent of first-serve points and 57.7 percent of second serves.
Break Point opportunities:
Another thing matters most for Rafael Nadal at the French Open is break-point opportunities. Converting 50 percent of his break points, is a great advantage for him. Which is 5 percent higher than his career average. While opponents could only convert 30 percent of their break points against him.
Percentage of Winning
Opponent’s 2nd Serve
Opponent’s 1st Serve
Combining all the eight finals, Rafael Nadal’s opponents converted only 25 percent of the break points. For the first five of those finals the conversion rate was only 15 percent. Which is ridiculously low.
May be returning Serve is the arm by which the King of Clay hurts opponents the most. Surprisingly Rafael Nadal wins 40.2 percent of opponent’s first-serve points and 57.6 percent of their second-serve points. This can effectively mean that he has three serves for the match and his opponents have one only.
In the last nine years Nadal has won 67.4 percent of all points serving and 47.1 percent of his return points as well.
Unlike any other year he has lost more at the clay-court lead-in events in Monte Carlo and Barcelona. It is said that Rafael Nadal grows a foot taller when he walks onto Court Philippe Chatrier. He has already proven himself almost impossible by slaying clay’s greatest gladiator in that arena.