Best-paid athletes in 31 sports

Bank on these power players to rake in the dough

Updated: May 2, 2012, 10:18 AM ET
By John Mastroberardino | ESPN The Magazine

Kobe BryantStephen Dunn/Getty ImagesWith a salary that surpasses $25 million, Kobe Bryant is basketball's best-paid player.

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TECHNICALLY SPEAKING: Earnings represent salaries and/or prize money from 2011 or most recent season; excludes endorsements, appearance fees, sponsorships and other income sources unless otherwise noted. Figures have been converted to US dollars where applicable. Official salary data unavailable for sports not listed.

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