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.
MEDIATION RETURNS: Yippeeee!
PLEASE. STOP IT: Donovan McNabb's career isn't over. Not yet.
See you Tuesday.