Jeremy Lin Decoded: Cashing in on Overnight Success

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THE BIG PAYOFF

After playing for a less than $40,000 salary with the NBA’s D-League, Lin is racking up an exponentially greater pay grade—more than 18 times his former paycheck. But while Jeremy Lin is currently making $762,000, according to Forbes.com and HoopsHype.com, his salary is still less than seven percent of the standard $5 million salary most NBA players never surpass, and less than five percent of LeBron James’ $16 million-plus salary. USA Today states that with his newly acclaimed salary, Lin can afford to buy 76 people the chance undergo the Linsane experience at center court for the low cost of $9,999 per ticket. In all, it appears that the Knicks guard has experienced a 300-percent salary increase if he received the D-League’s top pay grade. And as of two weeks ago, Forbes declared that Lin is “the fastest-growing athlete brand in the world,” with his value placed at $14 million, tying with Kobe Bryant as the sixth “top athlete brand” worldwide.

THE BIG PAYOFF

After playing for a less than $40,000 salary with the NBA’s D-League, Lin…

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