GREED IN SPORTS
Recently Michael Jordan wanted to de-certify the union of the National Basketball Association, because he felt he
could never make what he was "worth" under the current agreement. Michael Jordan had an estimated income of $33 million
in 1994. Last year, Major League Baseball players went on strike because they felt the deal that the owners were
proposing was unfair. The minimum salary for a major league player is $119,000. For the first time in ninety years,
there was no post-season baseball, and no world series. Eric Turner was designated as the Cleveland Browns franchise
player. He then proceeded to hold out during spring training, because he knew he could get more money then his current
$2.15 million dollar contract. At one point in every athletes life, there is nothing they would want to do more than
play their sport, not because it fattens their wallet, but because they have a true love for it.
At what point does
the athlete lose the love and gain the greed?
The NBA has become the land of the guaranteed contract. These players want their millions handed to them on a
silver platter, no matter what happens. If they get injured and can no longer play; pay up! If they averaged thirty
points a game in college, but struggle to make the transition into the pros, and average only four points; pay up! If
their egos swell so much that they are out of control in public and do something to disgrace the organization they play
for; pay up, because the contract guarantees that they get their money.
The NFL is a breeding ground for holdout players. I think that Holdout 101, taught by Professor X-Pro Millionaire,
is a required class for all pro football players. Rule number one:...