The Extravagant Mansions of Star Athletes

You didn't think Ryan Howard was going to let all of the money from his five-year, $125 million contract extension just sit around and collect interest did you?

Howard's plan to build a 17,500-square-foot beachfront mansion in Belle Air Shore, Fla., is no surprise but some of the amenities might shock you.

The estimated $23 million property will include a Venice-style canal that runs from the swimming pool under a number of bridges and a bowling alley among other features. Sounds quaint. 

But, the best-laid plans often face setbacks, even in the life of a super-rich, professional athlete. Howard is running into ordinance problems with the construction.

Apparently, local laws require homes to finish construction within 24 months of the start of construction and onlookers believe Howard’s home will take at least 3 years to complete.

Rome was not built in a day and Howard's home will not be built in 730 days. Chances are, however, that the details will get worked out. Until then, here are eight more extravagant mansions of star athletes.