Having read about Matt Forte and DeSean Jackson’s unwillingness to play under their minimal salary rookie contracts, many questions come to mind. Instead of being content with playing the sport that they love for a living, they have used Twitter and other social networking sites to express their discontent over the amount of money they are making. First of all, I think it is absolute bullshit that that they would be complaining about making 500K in the final year of their rookie contract when they know that they will get millions more in one more year. I really hate guys that do this. There are tons of people who would die to be in their shoes and do it for no money, but because they think they are working SO hard, they should get millions of dollars in return. That brings me to my second point. What is it with society that people who work really hard make minimum wage and here are famous athletes (Football players for instance) that play once a week and practice once or twice make millions? Oh yeah and I forgot, they are also playing the game that they love for a profession. If I had the choice, those guys should be making jack shit. Most of the athletes failed to make it through school, barely had to work hard and look at them now, going to the bank with millions of dollars stashed right inside their pocket. This is why society sucks. But to be honest, if these athletes didn’t get paid very much, most of them would look like scums living on the street and in the end, it would hurt the NFL tremendously. No one would look at it the same. Maybe its the $200 Beats by Dr. Dre and the thousand dollar pair of jeans that make people want to be famous athletes, not the fame and status that comes with it.
This brings me to another point, but in a different sport. With the talent level rising and rising each year, do players now have the ability to ask for more money? This question has to do with one guy in particular and that is Albert Pujols and his 10-year, $300 million dollar contract that he is asking for after his contract with the Cardinals expires this year. Though I will admit that he is the best players in the major leagues, no one in their right mind can think that they are worth that much money. To be honest, I don’t think many of the athletes are in dire need of these big contracts…especially Pujols. He is now in the final year of his contract and he now want tons of more money to go with it. We all know that he does’t really need the money and that his family is taken care of, so why do you think he really wants that much money. There can really only be one answer: GREED.
One way to fix the amount of money athletes make is to negotiate a new CBA and tell the players that they need to give up some of there money if they ever want to play in a successful league. This just happened in the NFL and the problem that occurred as a result of players making too much money was that majority of the organizations in the NFL lost money in the 2010-2011 season. There is a problem with that when the NFL as a whole makes over $9 billion dollars in total revenue each year. Though it seems everything was taking care of and it seems like the entire football season will go through successfully, you have to wonder how all of this started. Was it because the NFL was greedy and wanted more money or was it the players who didn’t want to give up any of the money that they were making. I can’t say for sure who exactly is to blame, but I can say that both sides were GREEDY and wanted more money.