Pop’s $6M yearly contract tied for fifth among all sports coaches

With the recent retirement of Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson, Gregg Popovich now is tied for second among the NBA’s highest-paid coaches.

Forbes Magazine reports thattrails only the new five-year deal recently signed by Boston’s Doc Rivers among NBA coaches. That contract will pay Rivers $7 million per year. New York Knicks’ coach Mike D’Antoni also makes $6 million per year.

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is the highest-paid coach, according to industry analysts quoted by Forbes. Belichick is estimated to be making $7.5 million per season.

Forbes . It reads: “The NBA version of Belichick, Popovich just keeps winning year after year, bagging a few titles along the way.”

Here is Forbes’ list of the highest salaries for North American sports head  coaches

Bill Belichick, New England Patriots                     $7.5 million

Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins                 $7 million

Doc Rivers, Boston Celtics                                        $7 million

Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks                                 $7 million

Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs                     $6 million

Lovie Smith, Chicago Bears                                       $6 million

Mike D’Antoni, New York Knicks                            $6 million

Ken Whisenhunt, Arizona Cardinals                     $5.75 million

Tom Coughlin, New York Giants                             $5.25 million

Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers                            $5 million    

Source: Forbes  Magazine

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