Junior Bridgeman Rumors
Michael Jordan is still the highest-paid retired athlete in the world, according to a Forbes’ list released on Wednesday. He earned the No. 1 spot once again after bringing in $110 million in 2015. Not only does he make more than any other retired athlete, but Forbes estimates that he is worth $1.1 billion, and that he will make approximately $30 million more than any other athlete, retired or active, in 2016. Rounding out the top 10 were three other former NBA players: Junior Bridgeman, Shaquille O’Neal, and Magic Johnson. Non-basketball players on the list were David Beckham ($65 million), Arnold Palmer ($40 million), Jerry Richardson ($30 million), Jack Nicklaus ($26 million), Roger Penske ($20 million), and Gary Player ($19 million).
The Grant Hill and Junior Bridgeman-led group that had interest in buying the Atlanta Hawks has dropped out of the bidding process for the team, two people familiar with the process told USA TODAY Sports. They requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the negotiations.
Former National Basketball Association players Junior Bridgeman and Grant Hill are leading a group that will bid on the Atlanta Hawks, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation. They’ve hired New York-based advisory firm Galatioto Sports Partners to explore a purchase, said the person, who requested anonymity because the matter is private. Hill didn’t immediately return an e-mail seeking comment. Sal Galatioto, founder of Galatioto Sports Partners, declined to comment.
The Bucks are inching closer to adding several minority owners with Green Bay Packers superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers and former Bucks star Junior Bridgeman among those who have had discussions with Bucks co-owners Marc Lasry and Wes Edens. Craig Leipold, the Minnesota Wild owner from Racine, has been speculated as another possible minority owner although that isn’t likely to happen.