NFL contracts are shrouded in mystery and designed to stab the players in the back.
For the past couple of blog post, I have broken down some of the most recent NFL player contracts and exposed the con that is being perpetrated against the players and their “so-called” wonderful deals. The NFL is the most lucrative professional association of all of the professional organizations. Its players have the highest propensity for receiving career ending injuries and/or sustaining injuries that impact their overall health years after leaving the league. The concussion rates are higher and a lot of players end up with early onset Dementia or Alzheimer’s both of which are extremely debilitating diseases that can send a person into financial ruin.
This post will be the first of a series showing the disparity between NFL, NBA and MLB contracts. In terms of ranking which professional athletes have the best contracts, the NBA players are at the top of the food chain, MLB is second and the NFL is third. The NFL uses the fact that their rosters contain 53 players as one of the main excuses their contracts are not as competitive as the other professional sports. I CRY FOUL. These are billion dollar organizations that receive revenue not only from ticket sales but from merchandise, television and other sponsorship contracts. This is complete mularky.
Besides, each Major League Baseball team maintains both a 25-man roster and a 40-man roster of players. Players on the 25-man roster are eligible to play in official major league games throughout the season. The players on the 40-man roster are the players who are able to be called up to the 25-man roster at any given time. Also on the 40-man roster are any players on the 15-day disabled list and minor league players who are signed to a major-league contract but are on an “optional assignment” to the minors. Guess what? The 40-man roster is composed of all the players in a Major League club’s organization who are signed to a major-league contract. Therefore, MLB is covering 65 players under contract, which is 12 more players than the NFL.
Many players on the 40-man roster are also subject to contract renewals. This means that if the player and team can’t agree on a salary for the next season, the team is allowed to arbitrarily set whatever salary they want, provided it’s above the league minimum (i.e. $507,500 for 2015) and isn’t more than a 20% pay cut. The NBA league minimum for 2015 is $529,093. The NFL league minimum for 2015 is $435,000. Shaking My Head!!! The NFLPA is in desperate need of new leadership.
NFL, your 53 man roster excuse does not fly!!! Miss me on that, you are lining your pockets and coming up with cloak and dagger ways to pay the athletes less but keep them tied to your organizations until you decide they are disposable and you don’t want to pay them any longer.
One of the best examples: Joe Montana won four Super Bowls for the San Francisco 49ers before they traded him to the Kansas City Chiefs when the team was still intact. The 49ers probably would have won two more Super Bowls with Montana but they traded him under the guise of needing a younger QB (Steve Young) to keep the team on the winning path. It was all about money and not wanting to pay Joe Montana. His first season with the Chiefs, they won the AFC Western Division, with a team that did not have the talent of the 49ers. He only played one more season after that, so the 49ers could not have kept him for two more seasons? After all, Steve Young only won one Super Bowl for the 49ers and the argument can be made that Montana would have won that one because the team was still intact.
There comes a time when the organization chooses money over winning a Super Bowl.
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