Here are the top stories shaping sports and business on Friday, May 29.
A New Athlete Takes Number One
For the first time ever since Forbes began ranking the highest-paid athletes, a professional tennis player is at the top of the list. Roger Federer made 106.3 million this year, according to Forbes, making him 2020’s highest-paid athlete. The Swiss tennis star made $6.3 million from match prizes and an eye-popping $100 million from endorsements. Female tennis star Naomi Osaka is the highest-paid female athlete. She came in at No. 29 on this year’s overall list.
According to Forbes, soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi—who come in at No. 2 and No. 3 on the list—had a reduced salary because of the coronavirus, which opened the window for Federer to become this year’s top earner. Messi was the highest-paid athlete in 2019.
Federer, Ronaldo, and Messi were the only three professional athletes that earned over $100 million in the last 12 months. Brazilian soccer player Neymar came in at No. 4 and NBA superstar LeBron James is No. 5.
A Coronavirus Update
There are 5.8 million cases of the coronavirus worldwide with over 362,000 deaths. 1.7 million of those cases are in the U.S. with over 101,000 deaths. Brazil has 438,000 cases. Throughout the week, the South American country has seen drastic increases in the number of cases reported.
In other news, President Trump signed an executive order Thursday with the goal of clamping down on the behavior of social media companies such as Twitter and Facebook.
At a press conference, Trump summarized the goal of the order as to "make it that social media companies that engage in censoring or any political conduct will not be able to keep their liability shield." Its was triggered by Twitter's decision this week to affix a fact-checking label to a Trump tweet for the first time.
The spat escalated further Friday after Twitter placed a public interest notice on another Trump tweet, saying the tweet violated the platform’s rules about the “glorification of violence.” The tweet from Trump regarded violence in Minnesota following the death of George Floyd after he had been handcuffed by police officers in Minneapolis.
The NFL and EA Team Up Again
The NFL and Electronic Arts announced a multi-year partnership extension. The announcement comes on the heels of Madden NFL 20 which was the most successful game in the franchise’s history. According to an NFL press release, unique players have gone up 30 percent year-over-year and over one billion minutes have been spent watching people play Madden on Twitch. EA Sports and the NFL have been partners for over thirty years. The first Madden video game came out in 1988.