Mascots are responsible for entertaining fans during games, frequently weaving among the crowd at the stands, and also taking the stage during the halftime show.
Many people may not realize just how much they truly make.
A report from Sports Business Journal revealed just how much money those in the mascot industry make, and it’s enough to make you want to change careers.
The highest earner among the NBA’s 30 mascots belongs to the Denver Nuggets. Their mountain lion mascot, Rocky, reportedly collects a cool $625,000 annually.
The list’s next highest earner is the Hawks’ mascot, Harry the Hawk who is bringing in $600,000 each year, just ahead of the third-highest earner, Chicago’s Benny the Bull, who collects $400,000 annually.
No. 4 on the list of highest-paid mascots is Go the Gorilla, mascot of the Suns. He reportedly is paid $200,000 per year.
Rocky is getting set to make sure that the Denver crowd is rowdy during the Nuggets’ first-ever NBA Finals appearance. The series, which pits the Nuggets against the Heat, tips off Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ET at Ball Arena.
If the Nuggets can pull this of, just maybe Rocky will be in for a raise as well as getting a ring.
Here’s what Twitter had to say about Rocky’s generous salary:
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