Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Belichick richest coach in big four sports
Phil Jackson's retirement from coaching the Los Angeles Lakers has moved New England Patriots overlord Bill Belichick to the top of the Forbes estimate of highest-paid coaches in the four major sports.
No other AFC East coach appears on the list, comprised solely of NFL and NBA coaches. Forbes speculates that because competition from the college ranks drives up salaries in those sports substantially more than Major League Baseball and the NHL.
Forbes compiles its rankings with media reports and estimates.
- Bill Belichick, New England Patriots: $7.5 million
- Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins: $7 million
- Doc Rivers, Boston Celtics: $7 million
- Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks: $7 million
- Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs: $6 million
- Lovie Smith, Chicago Bears: $6 million
- Mike D'Antoni, New York Knicks: $6 million
- Ken Whisenhunt, Arizona Cardinals: $5.75 million
- Tom Coughlin, New York Giants: $5.25 million
- Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers: $5 million