Want to earn the most $$$ in sport? Well then you’ll need to know which sports pay out the most prize money and this list is here to help you make a decision, but bear in mind some of these sports are team games and others are just for individuals.
Unsurprisingly, Football is by far the biggest sport in the world and to many people it’s their life and so I’m not shocked to see 4 out of the 10 competions are Football.
Here’s a run down of the top 10 sports with the highest prize money -
10 – ICC Cricket World Cup – £4,000,000
The ICC (International Cricket Council) Cricket World Cup is a one day international cricket competition held every 4 years. The tournament has preliminary rounds which leads to the finals tournament and was first held in England (shocker!) in 1975.
The most succesful team of all time is Australia who have won it 4 times, but the current champions are India, who won the competition in 2011.
9 – Nascar Chase For The Sprint Cup – $5,800,000
The Chase For The Sprint Cup has had different names throughout the years, including; “The Chase for the Championship” and “The Chase for the Nextel Cup” but Nextel Communications and Sprint Corporation merged together to bring you the Chase For The Sprint Cup.
The points are added up after a normal season of 26 races, the top 10 drivers and 2 wildcard drivers advance to compete in the cup and the driver with the highest point total at the conclusion of the 10-race Chase is the Sprint Cup champion.
8 – UEFA Europa League – $9,000,000
The UEFA Europa League (formally the UEFA Cup) is an annual Football cup and has been going since 1971. It’s the 2nd best European cup competition behind the UEFA Champions League and clubs can qualify by performing well in their home country’s league.
The most successful teams to win the cup are Liverpool, Juventus and Internazionale, who have all won it 3 times each. The most successful manager is Giovanni Trapattoni, who won it 3 times, twice with Juventus and once with Internazionale.
Joint 6 – FedEx Cup – $10,000,000
The FedEx Cup is a championship trophy for the PGA Tour and has only been awarded to golfers since 2007.
So far Tiger Woods is the most successful player as he’s won the trophy twice, once in 2007 and again in 2009.
Joint 6 – The Dubai World Cup – $10,000,000
This horse racing cup is held annually on the last Saturday of March in Dubai at the Meydan racecourse, on a tapeta synthetic dirt track which runs for 2000 meters (approx. 10 furlongs)
No horse has ever won the cup more than once, but the most successful rider is Jerry Bailey, with 4 wins, and the most succesful owner is Godolphin Racing, with 5 wins.
5 – The Major League Baseball World Series – $14,800,000
The World Series is Baseballs biggest tournament and began in 1892, with a few breaks for various reasons. The game is played annually and is a best-of-7 playoff between the American League and National League champions.
The most successful teams to win the World Series are; the New York Yankees (with 27 wins), the St. Louis Cardinals (11 wins) and the Oakland Athletics (9 wins). I always find it funny that it’s called the ‘World’ Series, considering it’s predominantly played by Americans, it probably has something to do with American arrogance, or more likely because it’s shit.
4 – The Super Bowl – $15,500,000
The Super Bowl is an annual championship game held by the National Football League (NFL (American Football, not real Football)). The Super Bowl is, like Baseball, a game between the two league champions from the two big leagues (NFL and American Football League (AFL)).
The team that has won the Super Bowl the most times is the Pittsburg Steelers with 6 victories. The adverts are normally more interesting than the game itself, if you can follow it, and luckily are placed throughout the game. Plus halftime shows can be a great spectacle with Janet Jackson’s weird boob making an appearance and M.I.A. flipping the bird.
3 – FIFA World Cup – $31,000,000
The FIFA World Cup is a football competition where teams from all over the world compete to be crowned the greatest national side in the world. The first World Cup was held in Uruguay in 1930 and has been held every 4 years since, apart from 1942 and 1946 because of the Second World War (we should probably knock off 2 titles from Germany for this).
The most successful countries in the World Cup have been; Brazil (with 5 wins), Italy (4 wins) and Germany (3 wins). Pele (Brazilian) and Diego Maradona (Argentinian) are seen as the greatest players to have ever graced the World Cup and without their individual performances, it could be argued, that their teams would have never lifted the famous trophy. Also, the FIFA World Cup is an ACTUAL World Cup which includes teams from all over the WORLD and not just the USA, take note Americans.
2 – UEFA European Football Championship – $33,000,000
The UEFA European Football Championship (or “Euros”) is a football competition to find the best national team in Europe and started in 1960. The competition is played every 4 years, inbetween the FIFA World Cup, which means there is a major national football competition every two years.
The most successful national teams in the Euros are Germany and Spain, both winning the competition 3 times. Spain are the only team to win consecutive titles, in 2008 and 2012, they also won the World Cup in 2010… can they make it 4 major national trophy in a row? Considering the quality and relatively young team, I don’t see why not.
1 – UEFA Champions League – $77,000,000
Winning the UEFA Champions League, referred to simply as the Champions League, is the pinnacle of any professional club player’s career. The Champions League has been running since 1955 but changed to it’s current format in 1992, prior to 1992 it was a straight knock-out tournament.
The most successful teams ever to compete in the Champions League are; Real Madrid (with 9 wins), Milan (7 wins) and Liverpool (5 wins). It also has the best sporting anthem ever, simply called “Champions League”, it’ll make the hairs on the back of your neck stand.