Forbes released its annual “Fab 40: The World’s Most Valuable Sports Brands,” and for the first time LeBron ranks as the top individual brand in all of sports. His personal brand’s estimated off-the-court value of $37 million this year narrowly surpasses that of Tiger Woods, who held the No. 1 ranking since 2007.
According to the magazine, LeBron made $53 million in endorsement earnings last year while the NBA’s other top-10 off-the-court earners took home an average of $16 million, and therefore the four-time MVP’s moniker is worth roughly $37 million on its own merit — up $10 million from last year, when he won the second of back-to-back titles for the Miami Heat. Tiger’s brand fell $10 million from $46 million in 2013.
For the record, Kobe Bryant’s estimated $15 million personal brand — down $4 million from last year — is the only other basketball name to crack the magazine’s top 10, coming in at No. 8. Likewise, the Los Angeles Lakers are the lone NBA franchise to rank among the top-10 team brands, and they’re 10th.
Tiger has been playing awful since the whole cheating scandal! Guess the saying, “Happy Wife, Happy Life” rings true!