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11 Costly Sports Divorces

On Oct. 31, 2011, the world was blindsided by the news that reality TV star Kim Kardashian was divorcing her husband, National Basketball Association star Kris Humphries. The couple had married on Aug. 20, 2011 in a storybook wedding worth $10 million. A mere 72 days later, however, Kardashian had filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.

Fortunately, the couple had a prenuptial agreement in place, so each party is likely to walk away from the union with their finances intact. This puts Humphries in a better situation than many of his fellow divorced sports personalities, many of whom never had such a contract in place prior to exchanging vows. Maybe they believed they truly would live happily ever after with their spouses, or perhaps they never knew they needed one in the first place. Either way, they failed to protect themselves, and it cost them dearly.

Some players were involved in unions that only lasted a year, while others ended marriages that had stood for decades. However long they were married, the price of breaking the contract was huge -- sometimes even reached nine figures.

So, who are some of the athletes whose divorces cost them millions? Click ahead and find out.

By Daniel Bukszpan
Updated 4 November 2011

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