This year, athletes are projected to earn over $836 million through endorsements
, according to opendorse
based on Forbes data
. Tennis star Roger Federer will be this year's highest-paid athlete endorser, set to make $58 million, thanks to long-term deals with top brands including Nike
and Credit Suisse. Tiger Woods is in second place with $50 million while Phil Mickelson comes joint third with Lebron James on $44 million. Sporting endorsement earnings this year are set to increase 13 percent on 2014.