SHOW ME THE MONEY: WILL SPORTS CONTRACTS GET BIGGER IN THE FUTURE

Person Signing Paper

“Give me some money.”


the big bucks

In my lifetime I have heard of some pretty major contracts to play professional sports. Kobe Bryant signing his $126 million contract, Floyd Mayweather, Tiger Woods, and Formula One driver Michael Shumacher all earning $100 million in a year, David Beckham coming to play soccer for Los Angeles Galaxy for $50 million per year, and who could forget Alex Rodriguez contracts with the Texas Rangers, $252 million and the Yankees, $275 million. But my question is how will the contracts change over time. Because athletes are actually underpaid if you look relative to what they make the brands they represent. Meaning the average American is paid a percentage of their value to their organization. If athletes were paid their percent there would already be $500 million if not $1 billion contracts.

if not for the past

Believe it or not, Michael Jordan’s biggest contract was about $30 million when he played in the NBA. Which at the time was big money, but since then guys are making that in a year. But the past players were the legends of the game who paved the way, some of which are broke today. Why, well some made poor financial decisions, and others didn’t make the big money guys make today. As a matter of fact, when you go back to the 1960’s and 1970’s, a lot of known players had side jobs to make ends meet. And receiving a $250,000 contract was big money at the time.

endorsements are king

The endorsements is where the big dollars are in sports. Getting a contract is fine and all, but the business partnerships these men make are staggering. Most of the big names in sports are with either Nike or ADIDAS. And then you have the guys like Stephen Curry with Under Armour. But making money through brands outside the sport is how you can make money like Tiger Woods $100 million a year at his height with Nike. He’s not making that golfing, but Nike has the finances to pay. Why, well there is no real salary cap for athletes with endorsements. So in all, you will see contracts grow because a $100 million contract is becoming normal in today’s society. It’s only a matter of time before we see $500 million.


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HOOP DREAMS: WHY SO MANY NEVER MAKE IT

Gathering Football Players

“You’re just not good enough.”


the dream

As a young boy growing up, we have all had these visions of ourselves becoming a top athlete in sports. But somewhere in our lives reality sets in and you know that your life is not going to head into the direction of sports. But there are those few that do get the chance to play. Only problem is that these people are very few and far between. And that’s just making it to the league, not to mention the average career is only 3 – 5 years. So making it to the 10 year or even 15 plus years career is even more rare. So why do so many think they will make it all the way.

draft day

And the number one pick of the draft, the _______ select ________ of _______ university. We all would love to hear our names called on draft day, but it’s just not real. If there was a draft day for the average jog, then it would be more real. And the number one pick of the fast food draft the McDonald’s in New York select Faheem Jackson of Parkside University. This is more real than the professional sports picks. We can connect more with the Average Joe than the athlete.

more than skills

You can run , jump, hit, shoot, and swing, but you don’t have the personality to withstand the pressure. You have so many great athletes that can make the league physically, but mentally they are not present in the moment. So many young men make the leagues, make millions and screw it up. And society can’t understand why, but it’s who they are, they don’t change overnight. If they were broken in life prior, but now they are better. No, you need years, but have to change in a matter of days or weeks. They don’t have that ability to screw up like the past because there is such a spotlight on them. So, so many don’t make it because of themselves personally not athletically.


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PAID TO PLAY: SHOULD THE NCAA PAY ATHLETES?

Football Players Wearing Jersey Outfits on Field

“Are we really compensated?”


they play, we watch

Throughout my life, I would turn on the television to see these major college sports games being played. You scan the crowd and think to yourself,”I wonder what the revenue stream must be for just one of these games.” And then you think of the entire NCAA, and you are looking at a multi-billion dollar organization in which the field hands are the only ones that don’t get paid. And so many people say that a college degree is awarded to them for free. Only problem is, you’re not really in class. The courses are based around your sports, not the other way around. You are supposed to be a student athlete, but instead you are an athletic student.

the degree game

People, such as myself who paid for college are not given many opportunities no matter how smart you are in school. Yes, there are scholarships, but still, it’s not enough the majority of people. So when someone plays sports and receives a full ride, others can’t understand. Well, it’s simple, it’s about dollars and cents. A straight A student doesn’t make money for a university. They go to school, and yes they pay for school, but to the extent to which college sports is bringing in money, no. And when you break it all down, there really is no benefit to the athlete. Unless you’re one of the chosen few going pro, and that number is very low.

zero form of compensation

Fine, you don’t think athletes can be paid from college, but no job at all, that’s crazy. And that is a strict rule, keeping college athletes from working any job at all. Which means, you cannot work a job more than 20 hours per week out of season and they cap off the money you can make from working. So, getting even a McDonald’s gig is out of the question, especially if it pays ultimately over a certain amount of money. And to me, that’s crazy to not be able to work anywhere doing anything. Not all athletes have a full scholarship, some have less than partial, but they are even restricted to a certain extent.


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AFTER THE LIGHTS: WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THEY RETIRE

 

Football Players in Blue Jersey Lined Under Grey White Cloudy Sky during Sunset

“What do they do now?”


athletic retirement

We watch, they play, we celebrate; but what happens when it all goes away? Eventually, when they put up the cleats and sneakers they will go into retirement. And when that happens what are they to do? Most of them are names of people we will never remember. And their careers on average don’t span the amount of time that the top guys last. They make up the average career which is three to five years. And they make the average salary which is $500,000 to $1 million. And that is money that is after taxes, so they make the most they will ever make in less than half a decade. Most of them will tell you that they have hard times, not just financially but emotionally after the game.

first day off

So it’s your first day off of work from retirement, what do you do? Usually, these guys go to the gym to stay in shape for them to play their sport. But since they don’t have to do so anymore, then why not take this day to lounge. But eventually lounging gets old, and they get bored. What about going out to play some rounds of golf, but this also soon proves to be boring. Now, when you get drafted into sports at the age of 22 or 23 years and you’ve played in the league and are now 25 to age 30, what do you do? Your friends you grew up with are just starting life, and you have already retired. Your motivation and depression can set in, and now you feel useless.

reaching for relevance

When you were on top of the world, it is a feeling that no one who is in another position can imagine. Then it all goes away and you need to do something to feel that void. Some people try holding on longer in their career, some become sportscasters, and others reality television. But this can sometimes backfire against you and ruin whatever legacy you have worked to create for yourself. So be sure to not negatively effect that in the process.

broke

We have all heard the stories and seen the outcomes. Athletes who after their playing days have become broke. And so many become broke because they don’t have the money coming in to sustain the life anymore. So now they must make a decision regarding their lives. And this where so many retired athletes go broke because investing in their futures never crossed their minds and the ones that do lose money. ESPN has done a docu series 30 for 30 on going broke. Long after playing days of making big bucks, athlete lives go in shambles. And it all falls apart the day they say I quit.


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THE REAL FUTBOL: WHY HAS SOCCER BECOME NOT SO POPULAR IN AMERICA

arena, brasil, championship

“I wish were into it like the rest.”


soccer

This is a sport where billions of the world’s population can’t wait for the World Cup to take place. An event that is every four years where a country is crowned the winner of this beloved event. But there is a problem when you’re an American with the idea of the World Cup. And that is that America is never the country in the conversation. And for years we have always been in the conversation regarding sports. We are the number one holders of gold medals in the Olympics, the best basketball players, hockey, golf, tennis, boxing, but when it comes to soccer we lose. But do we really lose, or do we not care that much. When a country wins a World Cup, the whole nation cheers, but our win is short lived if we do.

keep score for god’s sake

You watch baseball, a run is one point, but home runs are exciting, but it’s constant competition. In the NBA, you have two points and three pointers outside the arch. In the NFL, a touchdown is six points and then an opportunity for a field goal is one point. So you can say there is something to be said about the scoring in a game. But when looking at soccer, it is a game of skill. And that is something Americans don’t want to watch. We want to see some domination, not someone exemplifying their skills. Show me how hard you can hit, how high you can jump, how fast you run, over the other people. Skill is not enough, and if the games were based around scoring we would watch. Because that is our model, win, win, win.

g.o.a.t.

Who is the greatest American soccer player in history, I’m waiting. A lot of people have no clue because our sports heroes play other sports. We don’t have a Christiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, or David Beckham. We have Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Muhammad Ali, Barry Bonds, Tiger Woods, or a Serena Williams. So without a greatest soccer person or even in the now, we don’t follow the sport. If we could have right now a Tom Brady, Lebron James, Aaron Rodgers, or Stephen Curry, it would make soccer fun.


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KING JAMES: WHY WE WON’T ALLOW HIM TO BEAT MICHAEL JORDAN

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“His greatness enrages people, but for what?”


King James

Since being drafted into the NBA, Lebron James has remained strong over the past 15 seasons going on to win 3 NBA titles, 4 NBA MVP seasons, 14 All Star appearances, and a slew of other awards. But the topic in recent years have come up; is he better than Michael Jordan. And for those who grew up with MJ, such as myself, we tend to be more biased in the direction of Jordan. But sports is such a game of statistics, and your views of who is great varies. So why is it so difficult to acknowledge Lebron James in that conversation as the greatest NBA player over Jordan?

greatest show on earth

Imagine going to a circus of being privy to the best Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey show ever. Then ten years later it was topped by something much more greater. The reason it’s hard for people to say the next thing is greater is because of a generational gap. We hate to admit something from a current generation better than those that came before us. We all like to think that whatever life we have lived can’t be topped. Nothing these eyes have seen could get better. And in all likelihood, I will reject the next thing. We dilute ourselves into thinking something can’t get better, and when it does we fight it. And there is an even a deeper why.

a better time, a more innocent time

“Now don’t you ever, be sad, lean on me, when times are.” “When the day comes, and you’re down baby, in a river of trouble and about to drown.” “Just hold on, I’m coming.” For those who remember Sam and Dave singing this song back in the 1960’s, how can you convince them, “I’m your baby tonight,” by Whitney Houston isn’t as good. But Whitney’s fans will tell you, Beyonce is good, I’m your baby is better than, “Get Em Bodied.” We feel when we hear something that goes against or is seen as better it devalues our experience in childhood or early adulthood. The nostalgia moment of hearing Sam and Dave is hurt when Beyonce sells more. But we must understand, these two men paved the way for Beyonce to be greater. Same with Lebron and MJ, records are made to be broken. Understand there will be another MJ, if not better than the MJ you witnessed.

goats are born and they die and not thought of

Ask a young teen or early adult about Charlie Chaplin, they know nothing about him. But they know Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, Dave Chappelle, and Amy Shumer. Shocking that one of the greatest no one knows. Better yet, since this is a sports topic, ask about Jim Thorpe, Babe Ruth, or Jesse Owens. And this is another reason we fight the Lebron James better than Michael argument. Related imageBecause enough time goes by, no one knows you ever existed. It’s not a sign of disrespect, it’s nature. No human is remembered forever, unless certain records become broken on a list, then you hear this person’s name again. We just want MJ to be eternal, and reality is, he’s not. He is meant to live, be great, and pass along like any other person in his position.


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