As well paid as many contemporary athletes are in their respective leagues, it has become increasingly common to see their radiant faces in some content that isn’t a televised play-by-play. According to Forbes, athletes are projected to earn a whopping $836 million at least from endorsements in 2015. In case you missed them, here are 8 of the best athlete endorsements of 2015:
1) Roger Federer, Rolex Watches
As the highest-paid athlete from endorsements in 2015, it is no surprise to see tennis superstar Roger Federer rocking his Rolex watch collection. Federer and Rolex have been associated since at least 2012, but the pair continue to dominate the realm of athlete endorsements with stunning ads like the one above.
2) Tiger Woods, Nike
It’s no surprise that the renowned golfer has struggled to reclaim his empire of greatness since its decline, but that hasn’t stopped Woods from raking in over $50 million from endorsements with organizations like Nike. The commercial above is a prime representation of how Woods’ brand continues to shape the world of golf even in 2015.
3) Phil Mickelson, Exxon Mobile
Golfer Phil Mickelson joins Woods as one of the nation’s highest-paid athletes for endorsements, earning over $44 million from endorsements in 2015 alone. Like Federer, Mickelson partners with Rolex, but his recent notable partnership is with ExxonMobile to form a teacher academy. The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy is the unique offspring of an unexpected pair, but it continues to train and develop many of the nation’s brightest teachers. Enroll in the academy here: http://www.nsta.org/mickelson/.
4) Lebron James, Kia Motors
NBA superstar Lebron James is also the leader for NBA athlete endorsements in 2015, earning over $44 million from partnering with companies such as Nike, Beats by Dr. Dre, Kia Motors, and Samsung. Watch James ride his newest whip in the commercial above.
5) Kevin Durant, Nike
Under Armour and Kevin Durant nearly signed a 10-year, $285 million endorsement deal before Nike swooped in on the Oklahoma City basketball player. Who knew that the competition could be as fierce off the court as it is during game time.
6) Rory McIlroy, Nike
Though this is only spot number 6 on the list, there are already noticeable trends among athlete endorsements. Namely, the company Nike seems to have a sort of monopoly on endorsements, and successful golfers seem to have no problem partnering with some of the most successful brands in the world. Watch golfer Rory McIlroy join Tiger Woods in a 2015 Nike commercial above.
7) Novak Djokovic, ANZ
Tennis champion Novak Djokovic earned more than $31 million for endorsements in 2015. Recently, he became a brand ambassador for ANZ in a series of advertisements called “Your Game, Your Way.”
8) Rafael Nadal, Tommy Hilfiger
Don’t pay much attention to the men on underwear packages? Well you might want to take a closer look at some of Tommy Hilfiger’s latest underwear line featuring tennis player Rafael Nadal.