Curling, maybe unsurprisingly, is the "richest" discipline, with a per-capita G.D.P. of nearly $39,000, roughly the same as the wealth of the United Arab Emirates. Canada has the most curlers with 5.4 million people, followed by Sweden with 9 million and Norway with 7 million. In America, New York has the most curlers with 1.1 million people, followed by Illinois with 0.8 million.
The least wealthy country is South Sudan, with a per-capita G.D.P. of $1,800. It's not because they don't have any curling rocks - they just don't have enough water to make them work well enough to be worth the effort of importing ones from other countries.
Overall, the average Canadian spends about $150 per year on taxes to fund our national sport. That's more than what the American spends ($40), but less than what the Swedish ($290) or Norwegian ($310) spend.
Rich nations tend to have large populations of poor people who can only afford to pay low prices for curling stones and cheap rents for ice rinks. So even though curling isn't very popular in many countries, it still manages to bring in enough money to be classified as a "wealthy" sport.
Consider any recognized sport in which the greatest players are affluent individuals. Millionaires may be found in cricket, soccer, football, hockey, ice hockey, golf, tennis, table tennis, track and field, basketball, baseball, swimming, and other sports. Even yet, the impoverished can participate in any of these sports. However, only the best athletes can afford to play at a high level.
A rich person's sport is one in which the highest paid players receive substantial amounts of money for their services. This could be through endorsement deals or prize money. In many cases, these men and women also have the best facilities available to them. Wealthy owners can hire the best coaches, build the best stadiums, and purchase the best equipment. As a result, they often achieve greater success than less well-off competitors.
In addition to earning a large salary, an elite athlete needs to find alternative sources of income to survive. Some compete on a part-time basis, while others choose not to take part in certain sports because they cannot afford to do so. Although the richest people in sports usually come from team sports such as soccer, rugby, and American football, individual athletes such as track and field stars also earn plenty of cash.
The highest paid athletes tend to be those who generate the most publicity and audience interest. Soccer's Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are two examples of highly successful athletes who have been able to turn professional sports into lucrative careers over the past few years.
However, there is money to be gained from curling as a curler. Curling teams in general get money from three sources: Cashspiels: Almost all competitions played in by top-level teams, including the majority of national teams, are for cash awards. The winner takes home the prize money. Sponsorships: Some companies will sponsor a team, giving them money to play with and allowing their logo to be displayed during the season. Employee leagues: Some organizations run their own teams using employees as players. They are usually called "workplaces" or "employers' teams". These leagues often have official rules sets that can be used by other teams to play against.
In addition to these sources of revenue, some curlers choose to make an independent living by putting down stakes at casinos or betting on their favorite teams' games.
The total salary of a curler depends on how many games they play and how much money they win or lose. If they win more than they lose, then they will make more money; if they lose more than they win, then they will take a loss. A curler's salary varies depending on where they live but generally falls between $30,000 and $100,000 per year.
The highest-paid curler in the world is Sweden's Stefan Edberg, who has made millions playing tennis and curling simultaneously.