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Millions to be Made Playing these Obscure Sports

| by Sports Nickel

Maybe you’re not a six-five, 230-pound quarterback with a laser rocket arm like Peyton Manning is, but you still have a chance to make millions playing a sport you love.

I came across a list of highly-paid athletes in weird sports, and was shocked by some of the pay involved. Forget baseball or basketball. If I have a kid, I’m enrolling him in cricket lessons ASAP.

 

That's right, there is a cricket playing out there that is making $10 million a year.

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the captain of the Indian cricket team makes about $10 million a year. Forbes said his $8 million in endorsement income (15 brands from clothes to beverages) was more than Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols and Ryan Howard, combined.  

 

To top it off, he just signed a two-year, $42 million dollar deal to endorse a range of products. Crazy. But there’s a billion people in India, so I guess if there’s someone that can reach all of them, he’s worth it.

And his salary isn’t just some freak contract. There’s another Indian cricket player, Sachin Tendulkar, who made $8 million dollars last year. And, according to Forbes, the Indian Premier League (IPL) (their NFL) is home to nine of the richest cricket players in the world. Not bad for a bunch of guys playing a sport I literally know nothing about. I tried to pick it up once, but failed miserable. When I used to live next to this park, I’d always see a bunch of Indian guys playing and they were really getting into it. If I squinted, it looked like some form of baseball. I told myself I was going to watch it for a while just to see if I could learn anything about it, but after about 20 minutes, I got bored and headed to the basketball courts.

Ever play darts at a bar? Next time you’re playing, tell your friends you’re better than Phil “The Power” Taylor. When they ask you who he is, look at them dumbfounded and tell them he’s the Michael Jordan of darts.

Honestly, I’m not making this up. The man in the default picture is a rockstar in England, where, apparently, they take their darts seriously. And no, no matter how good you think you might or could be if you practiced some, give it up. This guy’s 100x better.

Just a day ago, on July 29th, Taylor won the European Darts Championship, extending his unbeaten streak in major TV events to 28 games over a period of six months. In May, during the Premier League final, he became the first person ever to hit two perfect 9 dart finishes in a single televised match.I have no idea what that means, but it sounds like a hell of an accomplishment.

He has won 15 Professional Dart Championships (PDC) and over 150 professional tournaments throughout his career. Taylor has made $7.7 million in career earnings. The guy is 49 and still the best in the world and making serious coin. When I was 10, if I would have known you could be a millionaire overweight dart player and have a successful career spanning decades, my life would have been completely different.

 

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