If you are the lone winner of tonight's Powerball lottery, what would you buy? Or at the very least, what could you buy?
The answer in the sports world is -- not as much as you think.
First of all, to buy anything, you have to take the lump sum, which brings your $1.5 billion down to $930 million. At the very least, Uncle Sam will then take his cut. If you live in a state that doesn't have income tax, you're left with $558 million.
Yikes. How's that for a haircut.
Before I depress you, athletes have to pay taxes, too. So if you are the lone winner tonight, think of it as if you'll be picking up the equivalent of the career earnings for:
Alex Rodriguez ($400 million).
Kevin Garnett ($320 million).
Peyton Manning ($245 million).
Jaromir Jagr ($125 million).
Tiger Woods ($124 million).
Roger Federer ($97 million).
Serena Williams ($74 million).
Patrick Peterson ($43 million).
Steph Curry ($39 million).
Jordan Spieth ($33 million) .
So after you're down to $558 million, what could you afford?
You could buy every fan in your favorite football team's stadium a beer a game for the next 10 years. That's $10 a beer to 70,000 people for eight games a year.
You could buy 9.25 million shares of Nike stock and be one of the biggest owners of the company. Don't get too excited -- Phil Knight's holding company has 128 million shares. You could one up Uncle Phil by giving the largest donation to your school's athletic department (Knight has donated more than $300 million to Oregon). With $558 million you could pretty much do everything. You'll get every uniform your team wears, sit in on every practice, call your own play once a year and wear a headset during football games in a suite in a stadium with your name on it.
With $558 million you could buy every ticket to the U.S. Open of golf and tennis for 2016 and 2017 and throw the world's biggest party. For $60 million, you could buy all 40,000 or so tickets to the golf major at Oakmont and all the sponsor tents that come with it. Another $130 million should give you all 700,000 tickets at the U.S. Open of tennis, including all the suites. It's about $75 per person for high-end food and open bar plus tip, which adds another $55 million. Doing that for two years runs you $490 million, and you still have $68 million to spare.
At this point, you probably couldn't even finance the purchase of entire NBA team because you can only take on $250 million in debt, per league rules. But if you put every dime of your winnings in and took out a $250 million loan, you might be able to buy 50 percent of the Golden State Warriors, who are worth around $1.5 billion.
For $558 million, you could probably buy two years of broadcast rights to the UFC at $250 million a year after its deal with Fox expires after 2018.
With $558 million, you can actually sponsor every race of a NASCAR season and have your face on the hood of every car and firesuit. Getting each driver and car would cost you about $400 million, and you would have enough left to buy the sponsorship of each race -- except the Daytona 500 -- at around $4 million a pop.
That's just a sampling of what you could do. You'll have plenty of time to think about it while your lawyers and accountant deal with setting up your future and fending off friends and family who want a piece.
If you based your purchasing power off the entire $1.5 billion jackpot, here's a sample from ESPN Stats & Info of what you could and couldn't afford:
According to Forbes, you could buy any of the 30 NHL franchises (highest -- Rangers at $1.2 billion). You could also buy both the Capitals ($565 million) and Penguins ($560 million) for a total of $1.125 billion.
You could buy these eight NFL teams: Browns ($1.5 billion), Titans ($1.49 billion), Jaguars ($1.48 billion), Rams ($1.45 billion), Bengals ($1.45 billion), Lions ($1.44 billion), Raiders ($1.43 billion) and Bills ($1.40 billion).
You could buy any NBA franchise except these five: Lakers ($2.6 billion), Knicks ($2.5 billion), Bulls ($2.0 billion), Celtics ($1.7 billion) and Clippers ($1.6 billion). Buying the Nets would cost your entire fortune ($1.5 billion).
You could buy all but five MLB franchises: Yankees ($3.2 billion), Dodgers ($2.4 billion), Red Sox ($2.1 billion), Giants ($2.0 billion) and Cubs ($1.8 billion).
You'd need to win the lottery multiple times to have a chance at these soccer clubs: Real Madrid ($3.26 billion), Barcelona ($3.16 billion) and Manchester United ($3.10 billion).