Spring looks like it has finally decided to stick around, and I actually managed to get the screens down in several of the windows before Cali and Luna got too curious about the project. I’ll have to wait for them to nap before I get to the rest of them.
As you know, I am a big sports fan. I was thrilled that my Yankees defeated the evil Red Sox last night, and I did watch the first 6 picks of the NFL draft on Thursday to see if my beloved Jets would finally get it right for once.
I’m a little groggy this morning, so I’m trying to jump start my brain by conjuring up Deep Thoughts about how much athletes are paid. I can’t seem to wrap my sleepy brain around the concept, so maybe talking it out with you will give me the jolt I need to get it going.
I saw an article online this morning about how much money these football players, straight out of college, are going to earn once they sign their contracts. On Thursday, they were college students. Now, they are professional athletes, making tens of millions of dollars to play a game.
Yes, I understand that football is a physically debilitating game, and that these young men are going to be dealing with pain and injuries for the rest of their lives, but does that really warrant such an incredible salary?
Are other students graduating this month going to walk into jobs that pay them eight figures before they even put in a day’s work? Should it bother me that many of these players leave school early, and will be millionaires without even getting a college degree?
During the Yankees game last night, A Rod hit the 660th home run of his career, tying him with Willie Mays for 4th place on the all time homers list. Of course, the announcers immediately delved into whether or not A Rod deserved the $6M contract bonus he is owed for hitting that home run.
Six million dollars for hitting a home run is crazy enough, but why is this clause in his contract being debated? Because A Rod, a gifted athlete, who would’ve gone down in the annals as one of the greatest players of his time, decided his natural ability wasn’t enough. So, he took performance enhancing drugs.
Why would he cheat? He was already getting paid so much, putting up incredible numbers, and paving a path for Cooperstown. Why destroy your legacy and put your career at risk by taking a banned substance?
Did he want to make even more money? Get even more endorsements? Put up even bigger numbers? When is it enough? Does the lure of all that money for playing a game mess with athletes’ heads? Would an accountant “juice up” to get more tax returns filed by April 15? Would a teacher go for the PEDs so she could grade more papers?
My Deep Thoughts tell me that all that money is a problem. It is the root of all evil, is it not? If athletes got paid the same as the average American worker, do you really think there would be a PED problem in sports?
As Rod Tidwell would say, “Show me the money!”
I know that sports generate billions of dollars, and the players are simply getting their fair share, but doesn’t it seem a little crazy when you look at what else is going on in the world? Shouldn’t some of those millions be going to help the people of Nepal? Couldn’t it be used to send more police down to Baltimore to assist with protecting the city during the riots? Perhaps that money should go towards paying members of the Armed Forces, who are out their risking their lives to protect our freedom.
I don’t expect to find any answers soon, Modern Philosophers, but at least I’ve given my brain a jump start.
Hope I’ve managed to give yours a boost as well…