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Posted on: May 16, 2011 7:38 am
THE POLITICS OF WEALTH: Michael Strahan, the former New York Giant, recently raised an interesting point on Twitter. This is what he wrote:

"Why is it that athletes can be overpaid but owners aren't? Is there a basic logic behind that?"

I've always considered Strahan one of the smartest athletes I've ever covered and also mostly fearless. As happened several times during Strahan's career, something he said ignited a passionate debate. After re-tweeting Strahan, my own Twitter exploded, turning a sleepy and rainy Saturday afternoon in the east into a fiery one.

The 200-300 tweets sent to me seemed equally divided. Half said owners created their own wealth and deserved every penny while the other half said players were a rare resource who did things few on the planet can and deserved to be paid well for it. I think Strahan's overall point is a viable one. There does seem to be far more resentment over players making millions from football than owners making millions from football (if not a lot more). Perhaps the biggest reason is that we see and read about the players daily. They're closer to us. They're ubiquitous. Owners, with the exception of Jerry Jones, are mostly invisible.

Some fans also feel that they're just a heartbeat away from being a pro athlete which is, of course, laughable.

We also don't seem to have dislike for actors who make $15 million a movie but we have disdain for players who make a great deal of cash. Ben Stiller earned $53 million one year. Ben Stiller? Have you seen him act? Ben Stiller and myself have something in common. Neither of us will ever win an Academy Award for best actor.

Strahan's tweet was an interesting jumping off point in this lockout battle for hearts and minds and I don't expect this debate to end any time soon.


PLEASE. STOP IT: Donovan McNabb's career isn't over. Not yet.

See you Tuesday.

Category: NFL

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: May 16, 2011 3:34 pm

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On the other end of the spectrum are the players. Their risk is blood and bone, life and limb.

And yet they cry and whine the league is doing wrong to emphasize safety...

The difference between being involved and being committed:

In a plate of Bacon and Eggs, the chicken is involved.

The pig is committed.

Nope. The egg is chicken, involved much earlier than the pig, and like all greedy players, they get cur eventually.

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: May 16, 2011 3:25 pm

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This only proves that Mike Freeman doesn't know many, if any athletes. Michael Strahan isn't Rashard Mendenhall stupid, he isn't Jay Cutler or Ben Roethlisberger stupid, but smart or intelligent? Of average intelligence is more accurate.

And no, owners cannot be overpaid, and they certainly are not. They simply do not make much money in football after expenses. No math supports this false notion of owners making huge sums of money each year.

But Mike Freeman reports from a world of make believe, you know, one where Michael Strahan is one of the smartest athletes.

Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: May 16, 2011 3:23 pm

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All the owner apologists lean so heavily on this concept of 'financial risk,' which at most in the NFL is greatly mitigated by revenue sharing, salary caps, and community subsidized stadium deals. Their dollars are at risk. their net worth is in play.

On the other end of the spectrum are the players. Their risk is blood and bone, life and limb. 

The difference between being involved and being committed:

In a plate of Bacon and Eggs, the chicken is involved.

The pig is committed. 

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2011 3:14 pm

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Right, Soopafly. And how many employees do you have?  And what is your guaranteed income in your business?

tymexposrure I have zero employeees, but I do contribute to the economy. My basis of understanding of economics is that to an extend with how much players make compare to the revenue the players generate is small. I understand that, but that is not my problem. If you dont like how much the owners are taking home, quiet your job and become an owner, become an executive or open up your own business. The guy that is working at McDonalds, is being paid for what the market and his or her skill set is willing to be paid. You dont see the employees of Mcdonalds demanding ridicolous raises. It might sound stupid to equate this to the NFL pay grade, but it is the closest thing. If the guy that works at mcDonalds feels that he is not being paid enough for his skill set, he can quit his job, and another person comes in. The guy might go to school to get a degree and get a better paying you job. If you dont like your owner paying you millions of dollars but you want more, you can take the same route, and buy yourself a franchise or use your college degree to get something and you will see that your degree will not be paying you millions of dollars.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2011 2:49 pm

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Players can be overpaid because there are players like Ryan Leaf, JaWalrus Russell, Albert Haynesworth and just about every free agent signed by the Washington Redskins in the last decade. And yes owners can be overpaid too! PSL's, $8 beers, $40 parking and full price for exhibition games are just a few of their scams.

But what about former players Michael? Can they be overpaid? $2 million a year for a couple of days work each week during the NFL season where we get to hear you regurgitate football cliches week after week?  $50,000 booking fee for corporate speaking engagements where you give the same speech that someone else wrote for you? And how much does Vaseline grease your palm a year to rub lotion on your body?

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2011 2:13 pm

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Actually the statement ("Most of these NFL players are living paycheck to paycheck and forget to pay their car registration.") isn't that far off.  I don't have the link but there was a study done and 60% of Football players are bankrupt 5 years after leaving the sport....Ok so that tells me that players are not putting away for a rainy day because they are living paycheck to paycheck...think about it these guys are going banckrupt while receiving a pension. 

Since: Feb 14, 2011
Posted on: May 16, 2011 1:58 pm

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The only difference between the million dollar paid athletes and the rest of us is that they live at a higher level of poverty than we do.  It's all in proportion to our 75k a year salaried job.  We have a $2,400.00 mortgage payment and a $352.00 car payment.  They have a $37,500.00 mortgage payment and several car payments or leases totaling $8,000.00.  They budget just like we do, however it is at a much higer income level.  But it is all proportional to our income!

Just like Bill Gates, the owners should be able to keep every penny they earn.  They have taken all the financial risk and they should reap the rewards.  When a player has a horrible year, do the owners have the ability to renegotiate and pay that player less.  Of course not!  

Yes, these players are a rare commodity and the best in the world at what they do, however the market is not cornered by these players.  The next Michael Strahan is out there and the next Derek Jeter is out there and so on.  Michael Jordan said that there was always someone in his neighborhood better than he was.  There are plenty of athletes waiting in the wings for a shot at professional sports.  It will just be the same situation with different faces.....And the cycle continues!!   

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: May 16, 2011 1:49 pm

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Strahan hits it right on the nail.  The same problem has happened with the economy.  No one is questioning and challenging the guys on top any more.  Corporations have no more oppositions these days.  The have carte blanche. 

People need to take the NFL player's example, and start regrouping, and lets get the tabu word back "UNION"!!!  Let's face it, the Unions created balance, now that the workforce lost their voice, all prices are going up and the salaries stay the same.  Gas has triple, and we hardly see any protest on the streets.  If this was the 1970's the streets would be full of pedestrians, and no one would be working as a protest.

Strahan is absolutely right, let start putting the spotlight back on the owners for once.

Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: May 16, 2011 1:34 pm

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Most of these NFL players are living paycheck to paycheck and forget to pay their car registration.
I'll call your shallow minded blogger and raise you to ignorant blowhard. Is there a source I can see the percentage of recent players who were living paycheck to paycheck? Is there a report from state dmv's on the percentage of highly paid athletes who forget to pay their car registrations? And exactly how many are broke soon after leaving the NFL? And what exactly is 'soon?'

Or are these 'common knowledge' statistics that 'everybody knows?'

I'll cop to over-optimism if you'll cop to lazy-minded generalizations.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2011 1:21 pm

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Tymxposure sounds like a locked out NFL player that just signed up to post.

Now that explains where the ridiculous idea that he posted about NFL players selling out High School stadiums and College Stadiums.

One to many concussions maybe.

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