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Best-paid athletes in 30 sports

They race cars, eat hot dogs, throw darts, pound faces -- and make a great living at it

Updated: April 20, 2011, 7:50 PM ET
By John Mastroberardino | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the May 2, 2011, issue of ESPN The Magazine.

The category "money" below represents official base salary or earnings from the most recently completed season or calendar year, and excludes endoresements, appearance fees, sponsorship money and other sources of extra income, unless otherwise noted. Figures have been converted to U.S. dollars where applicable. For those spors not listed, official salary data were unavailable. Road-running data courtesy of Association of Road Racing Statisticians.

Lowest-paying sport: women's bowling.

Highest-paying sports (tie): baseball and boxing.

Gender breakdown: 32 men, 11 women.

Total money earned: $238,536,500.

Average amount earned per athlete: $5,547,360.

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