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A quick online search is all it takes to find the reigning Super Bowl winners (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) or NBA champions (Milwaukee Bucks). But figuring out the financial winners and losers from 2021 takes a little more work. Some coaches and players have cashed big this season, and some teams have had too little for their (millions of) dollars.
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Who won and lost, financially, in 2021? GOBankingRates.com takes a look.
Lincoln Riley: The college football powers have experienced a spending spree lately, and no one would have shelled out more than USC. The Trojans lured Lincoln Riley from Oklahoma, where he won three Big 12 championships in four seasons. USC has reportedly awarded Riley a 10-year, $ 110 million contract, which is the first-ever nine-figure contract for a college football coach.
Brian Kelly: The day after Riley’s signing, Kelly left historic Notre Dame powerhouse to join LSU on a 10-year, $ 100 million contract. It’s quite surprising after Kelly was the head of the Fighting Irish program for 12 years.
Mel Tucker: Michigan state awarded Tucker a 10-year, $ 95 million contract, the largest extension ever after less than a full season. Suffice to say that Tucker cashed.
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Max Scherzer: Scherzer signed a massive, three-year, $ 130 million contract with the Mets on November 29. His average salary of $ 43.3 million erases the previous annual record of $ 36 million Gerrit Cole secured from the Yankees. Pretty good for a 37 year old pitcher.
Corey Seager: Scherzer wasn’t the only baseball player to take advantage of free will before the MLB lockout. The Texas Rangers pulled Seager from the Dodgers on a 10-year, $ 325 million contract.
Dak Prescott: In a contract that had been negotiated for what appears to be years, the Dallas Cowboys gave Prescott a four-year, $ 160 million contract, a year after the franchise placed him the franchise tag, l ‘essentially forcing them to stay with the club for that. season. Prescott isn’t upset now, however.
Kawhi Leonard: Leonard signed a four-year, $ 178 million deal with the Clippers, also cashing in and giving his franchise a pay break (he could have demanded a five-year deal.)
Bryce Young: The 19-year-old Alabama freshman quarterback has a deal with Cash App that is reportedly worth nearly $ 1 million. We don’t know the exact amount, but Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban called it “unholy numbers” because of the Alabama brand.
Roger Goodell: The NFL commissioner is earning a spot on the “winner’s” list because, according to the New York Times, he has earned nearly $ 128 million in the past two years.
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Giants of New York: Big Blue is struggling again this season, in last place in the NFC East, and it only adds salt to the injury that Giants big free agent acquisition Kenny Golladay hasn’t performed well, without catching TD in eight games. Golladay signed a four-year, $ 72 million contract during the offseason.
New York Foods: Ah, $ 202 million doesn’t go as far as it used to be, does it? Under new owner Steve Cohen, the Mets built a $ 202 million list, finished 77-85 and missed the playoffs.
The Los Angeles Dodgers: Normally a team would say hitting the National League Championship Series is a success. But the defending World Series champions Dodgers went out of their way to try and repeat, amassing a $ 271 million payroll, and so they landed a spot on the losing list.
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Los Angeles Lakers: Led by their trio of superstars LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook, the Lakers surpass the $ 52.9 million salary cap and hover around the 0.500 mark in the standings.
André Drummond: The center signed a one-year, $ 2,401,537 contract with the Philadelphia 76ers this offseason. Sounds good, until you realize he made $ 28 million a year on his previous deal. It’s a hell of a pay cut!
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