NFL Contracts vs. NBA and MLB — NFL Contracts are Cloak and Dagger

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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.






Shady Brady Should Not be Given a Pass for Cheating: No Pun Intended

“If Tom Brady’s Suspension is lifted: It is a Miscarriage of Justice” 

                I have never seen so many articles written about a situation where we all know the culprit (i.e. Shady Tom Brady) is as guilty as sin in the Deflategate scandal. The sports writers, if you can call them that, have lined up on the side of Shady Brady and continue to write articles about how the League has it in for him and the Patriots. All of us now that’s not the truth because when the League was alerted to the problem at the beginning of the season they did not do anything about it and should have.

             Shady Brady is part of a culture that has been built on cheating. All of the Patriots Super Bowls were won as a result of cheating, with the exception of the last one and the only reason the Seahawks lost is because Pete Carroll made a political decision not to give the ball to Marshawn Lynch because of his indifference towards the press and the League’s stupid press requirements but I digress. 

                Back to Shady Brady: Tom Brady knew that the balls were deflated and he instructed the equipment manager to deflate them. If you need proof, go back and take a look at his first four games and you will see how he was playing. Since you may not have time, I’ve done it for you.  Based on my research here are Shady’s stats from his first four games.

Miami Dolphins: The Patriots lost 33 to 20 – Shady Brady had 29 completions for 249 yards, 59 attempts and 1 touchdown.  Shady Brady threw approximately 15 incomplete deep passes.  He connected with Edelman for a 44 yard deep left pass and a 21 yard deep right pass and that was basically the extent of his deep passing abilities.  So do you still think, deflating the football did not give him an edge?

Minnesota Vikings: The Patriots won 30 to 7 – Shady Brady had 14 completions for 149 yards, 21 attempts and 1 touchdown. Most of the yardage in this game came as a result of running the football not passing.

Oakland Raiders: The Patriots won 16 to 9 – Shady Brady had 24 completions, 37 attempts and 1 touchdown. Albeit, Tom Brady had 234 yards in the game, they were all short passes and he had a plethora of incomplete passes. His longest pass was a deep middle pass to Gronkowski for 22 yards. Had the Patriots been playing a better team they would have lost.

Kansas City Chiefs: The Patriots lost 44 to 14 – Shady Brady had 14 completions for 159 yards, 23 attempts and 1 touchdown. In this game Shady had 2 fumbles, several incomplete passes and his longest pass was a deep right pass to Gronkowski for 18 yards.

One can only surmise he was playing with regulation balls during these games. After his lack luster deep passing in game one, the majority of his passes in games 2, 3 and 4 were for short yardage.  

Game five and forward: Shady Brady started throwing more deep passes.  There is a significant uptick in deep passes starting with game five. Is that when he told the equipment manager to take out the needle and start deflating the footballs? Hmmm, inquiring minds want to know but he will never tell the truth. 

I will say this Shady’s game is to throw short passes.  If his opponents could figure that out, their chances of beating the Patriots would be much better. He’s actually not very good at throwing deep passes. It’s clear that he doesn’t have the arm/grip strength. It’s all about cheating with the Patriots.

Reporters and “football analysts” want to downplay what has happened but the fact of the matter is this kind of cheating impacts the integrity of game as well as legitimate betting venues. I have said it before and I will say it again: In my book this is akin to shaving points!!! 

For Kicks and Giggles: As a reminder, the Patriots are in the AFC East, which has absolutely no competition. The teams to beat are the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets, really? The Patriots and Shady Brady have absolutely no competition so they should win their division all the time. The cheating gives them an edge over the teams outside of the weak AFC East division. 

There is a reason why he had the balls deflated. It allows Shady to throw better and his receivers can catch the ball better. It is easier to catch a Nerf ball than a regulation football. That’s why the League has rules. 

Case in Point: If ball size did not matter the NBA and the WNBA would be playing with the same size basketball. It’s not the League’s fault that  Shady has girl size hands. If the suspension is lifted then let Shady play with a Nerf Football.  He should have been suspended for the entire season.



So-Called Media Analysts: Enough of the Venomous Kap Trade Rumors

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I am so tired of the Kap trade rumors from these so-called sports analysts.  They will do and say anything for what they believe is a story.  That is, if you can call what they write a “story.”  Their stories are filled with rumor and innuendo but hardly ever any facts.  Their “stories” rarely breakdown or analyze the downside of any of their rumors.  Everything is based on some unknown source within the 49er organization.  So what?

Let’s get to the nuts and bolts of what the 49er organization loses if they are stupid enough to trade Kap.  First, he is basically the last man standing with the exception of Boldin, Bowman and Davis from the winning era of Coach Harbaugh.  What quarterback is out there that has led a team to the Super Bowl, two division championships, has his speed, athleticism, conditioning and willingness to continue to improve his overall game.  Also, aside from a “D” level QB no one is even remotely interested in coming to the 49ers based on what happened to the team during the offseason?  Maybe these analysts are counting on Sam Bradford, the QB that has not played a down since signing his fat contract where he received $50M guaranteed, to come back and be a force, right?

How about writing that it would be detrimental to the organization to trade Kap and why?  They can write about the cap space that would become available and what teams are out there where Kap’s skills would fit.  His skills fit well in San Francisco, until the front sought to sabotage the team with all of their negative leaks to the press about Coach Harbaugh.  News Flash, the team has a lot of money to spend as a result of the number of players that retired and/or asked to be traded during the post season.

Would it slay these analysts to have a dialogue about issues really confronting teams and players?  Of course it would because that would actually require them to conduct real research as opposed to regurgitating unsubstantiated facts.  I have grown weary of the speculation and “what if” scenarios.  What about the contract Kap signed and how unfair it is to him?  He had to buy what is known in the business world as “key man” life insurance and name the 49er organization as the beneficiary if he sustains a career ending injury.  Would it slay you buffoons to write about that clause?  My guess is, it would because your articles are geared towards negativity towards the players and never the League or the organizations.  Keep in mind the players are the reason for the game and they are who we go to see and support.  It would be nice to show some support to these young men who are giving it their all.

Leave Kap alone and allow him to lead the 49ers which he is very capable of doing and has done.  Stop spitting your hateful venom and write a story that is worth reading.



Hmmm: Cowboys why the Franchise Tag on Dez Bryant?

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Why did Cowboys organization decide to place the “Franchise Tag” on Dez Bryant?

First, lets’ understand what the “franchise tag” is.  Let me start by saying it is all about the organization and not about the player, which annoys me to the 9th power but I digress.  According to the League definition, the franchise tag is the designation a team may apply to a player scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.  The tag binds the player to the team for one year if certain conditions are met.  Basically, it prevents a player from becoming an unrestricted free agent and going to a team that is willing to pay the player what he is worth.

For your information, an “unrestricted free agent” is a player without a team.  The play has either been released by the team; the contract has expired or was not chosen in the draft of amateur players.   The good thing about being an unrestricted free agent for a player like Dez Bryant is that he can go to the team that is willing to pay him the most money so I’m happy to see that he has not allowed the Cowboys to snow him with the “franchise tag.”  Dez Bryant has been with the Cowboys organization since he came into the League in 2010 and his production has continued to increase.  Do his antics on the sideline drive me crazy at times?  Of course, but he’s a passionate player and he is still learning how to manage his passion.  Last season alone, he had 88 receptions for 1,320 yards, 16 touchdowns and 60 first downs. Really Cowboys, you don’t want to retain Dez Bryant for the long haul?

What’s really going on?  Could it be that the Cowboys Organization is smarting because Dez Bryant left Jerry Jones management team and moved over to Roc Nation?  If that’s the case, shame on you Cowboys.  The last time I checked this was a free country and Dez has the right to make decisions about his life.  Is there an expectation by the Cowboys organization that Dez Bryant will fail under the leadership of Roc Nation?  Therefore, they don’t want to negotiate a long term contract and be on the hook for the guaranteed money?  There is dead cat on the line somewhere.

Initially, I didn’t think it was a good move for Dez Bryant because being under Jerry Jones management team, Dez had structure and it kept him out of trouble.  However, he seems to have matured so hopefully he’s making wiser decisions.  Also, based on the fact that he’s not signing the “franchise tag” agreement, the Roc Nation advisors are giving him some good sound guidance.  Therefore, it looks like it was a good decision after all.  Roc Boys in the building!!!!

If Dez Bryant signs the franchise agreement he will be paid $13,000,000 for 2015, which is nothing to thumb your nose at but keep in mind, one-half of that goes to Uncle Sam, now he’s at $6,500,000 and another 15% or possibly 20% goes to his agent (i.e. $975,000), now is net pay for the year is $5,525,000.  If he under performs in 2015 or is injured his value will decrease and he will probably be cut from the team.  The Cowboys lost DeMarco Murray because Jerry Jones secretly thought they were going to get Adrian Peterson, well that backfired on them and if he does not wise up they are going to lose Dez Bryant.

Do you think Tony Romo can win without Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray?

How about this as a combination? — Dez Bryant and Aaron Rodgers?


The NFL Rules are used to hide a Two-Faced Monster

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It is truly comical that the NFL went stomping about like the moral majority when they realized that an inaugural Fantasy Football convention, sponsored by Dallas Cowboys Quarterback, Tony Romo, was being held at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas.   According to the League there is a rule in place that prohibits players from participating in activities with casinos.  The last time I checked, gambling has been legalized in several states, including Las Vegas and it a persons’ constitutional right to engage in said legal activities.  This aside there was not gambling involved in what Tony Romo was doing.

The rule the League cited to cancel the event is set forth in the 2013 NFL Season Collective Bargaining Agreement in the section entitled “Prohibited Advertising Categories.”  This begs the question:  Is the rule still valid?  This is 2015.  The rule states the following:

Gambling-related advertising, including, without limitation, advertising for any hotel, casino or other establishment that houses gambling regardless of whether the advertising references gambling, as well as any advertising that would violate the terms of the League’s television agreements or policy on gambling advertising, except:

a. general advertising from a state or municipal lottery, provided that such lottery organization does not offer any betting scheme that is based on real sporting events or performances in them; or

b. general advertising from horse- or dog-racing tracks, or from state or municipal off-track betting organizations, provided that such horseracing, dog-racing or off-track betting establishment offers neither (i) betting schemes based on real sporting events (other than horse or dog races) or performances in them or (ii) casino games of any kind; or

c. general advertising for tourist destinations, including Las Vegas, subject to the following:

i. NFL APPROVAL: All such ads must be approved in advance by the NFL. Please send to NFL Broadcasting, to the attention of Cathy Yancy, for NFL review.

My take on the above rule is that it’s ambiguous and doesn’t really say a player can’t sponsor an event at a venue that may or may not have ties to gambling.  By the way, the Sands does not have a casino on site but I guess it’s considered a no, no because it’s in Las Vegas.  The rule: prohibits advertising for a gambling venue not sponsoring events at the location.  Thus, if the NFLPA had effective leadership, which it does not, they would have pushed back on the cancellation.  The event was related to Fantasy Football, which the League approves of and also governs and probably keeps the bulk of the revenue from it.  One face of the League is okay with gambling when it’s controlled by them and they’re receiving the money.  The other face is all about how the League might be perceived by interacting with gambling establishments, what a joke.

All the event was designed to do was allow fans to mingle with some of their favorite players through autograph signings, question and answer sessions and fantasy drafts.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.  There was no gambling involved and the NFLPA should have challenged the ruling because the rule as it’s written does not prohibit an event such as this one.  My belief is the League canceled the event because it was not receiving any revenue from it.

I cannot contain my distain for the lack of leadership at the NFLPA.  It is just plain stupid that the players do not have a voice but as I’ve said before the NFLPA can go to bat for Shady Brady but can’t be bothered to really deal with the important issues effecting the players.

My recommendation is that the players get rid of the current leadership and hire Michele Roberts, the Executive Director for the NBAPA.  I say let her play a dual role.  She is sharp and being a top notch litigator, she is well suited to handle the job for both leagues.  I realize this can’t happen but it sure would be great.

It is shameful that the players are given crappy deals and the League does everything in its power to prevent them from making extra money such as this event and fining them for wearing Beats headphones.  Endorsements, special appearances etc. are ways players supplement their income so it is time to put a stop to the gestapo heavy handed tactics by the League.  These are grown men being treated like children and that is absurd.  It’s time for the Players Association to take the League to task and be more vocal about the rights of the players.

The League has two faces, neither of which care about the players, only about lining the pockets of the owners and the executives in the NFL office.




Kap’s NFL Contract: Another Con Revealed

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The media has been a buzz about Kap’s performance last year and the “what if” surrounding whether he will be traded.  What amazes me is that none of these analysts talk about the fact that this young man lead the team to consecutive division championship games and a Super Bowl or that the trouble surrounding the team was orchestrated by management.  These analysts are quick to vilify Kap but don’t talk about how unfair his current contract is?  When he signed his contract it was touted as a “game changer” when in fact it was just an absolute con like the majority of the NFL contracts.

My goal is to research as much information as possible on Kap’s contract as well as other players and continue to write about what these organizations are doing to these men until some changes are made.  The NFL makes billions of dollars on the backs of these men, they want to control every aspect of their lives and not pay them what they are truly worth.  These “big” dollar contracts are just smoke and mirrors with a lot of unrealistic targets that should not come into play.

One big bone of contention I have with Kap’s contract is the fact that he had to purchase an insurance policy that in would be considered “key man” life insurance for companies.  Companies buy “key man” life insurance on executives that are considered critical to the corporation remaining a viable company.  In the event an executive dies or is rendered unable to perform in the role, the company can collect the insurance so that the company remains financially stable.  Kap’s role as the quarterback is akin to being the CEO.  Therefore, the 49ers organization should have purchased the insurance, not Kap.  By the way, if Kap sustains a career ending injury the 49ers organization will collect $20M from the insurance company because Kap’s contract required that the 49ers be named the beneficiary.  Why was Kap required to purchase the insurance policy for a billion dollar organization?  His agent and lawyer should be fired for poor representation because clearly they didn’t have his best interest in mind!!!!

Set forth below is a breakdown of Kap’s contract:

Kap signed a six (6) year $126,000,000, contract with allegedly $61,000,000 guaranteed including a $12,328,766 signing bonus.  The problem with Kap’s contract is that he gets’ hit with $2,000,000 de-escalators unless he is named 1st or 2nd team All-Pro or wins the NFC title game, with 80% regular season playing time and 80% of postseason playing time.  Guess what? His 2015 salary de-escalates by $2.M because management made it impossible for the team and the coach to be successful in 2014 so Kap has to suffer because of the front office shenanigans.

Why would Kap’s agent convince him that this provision is okay? There are too many unknown factors involving a team for Kap or any other quarterback to have to shoulder this type of requirement.  First of all, you have no idea what the team is going to look like the next season.  A requirement like this would mean no changes to the coaching staff, no injuries, doing a Bill Belichick and stealing the plays of the opposing teams.   Give me a break, this provision is just plain unfair and was a way to keep from paying Kap.

Year   Base Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Cap Hit Dead Cap
2014 $645,000 $3,022,444 $100,000 $3,767,444 $13,730,456
2015 $10,400,000 $2,465,753 $2,000,000 $400,000 $15,265,753 $20,263,012
2016 $11,900,000 $2,465,753 $2,000,000 $400,000 $16,765,753 $7,397,260
2017 $14,500,000 $2,465,753 $2,000,000 $400,000 $19,365,753 $4,931,507
2018 $15,000,000 $2,465,753 $2,000,000 $400,000 $19,865,753 $2,465,753
2019 $18,800,000 $2,000,000 $400,000 $21,200,000
2020 $21,000,000 $2,000,000 $400,000 $23,400,000

Kap was supposed to get $12.4 million in the 2015 season.  However, because of the $2,000,000 de-escalator his salary is going down to $10,400,000.  This is absurd, when external factors contributed to the team not have a stellar year.  There should have been a provision in Kap’s contract that voided this de-escalator provision in the event of unforeseen circumstances, such as the coach being fired.  That said, the team still had a better record than teams in other divisions that made the playoffs but no one talks about that.  The 49ers are in the toughest division in the league which makes Kap’s contract even more ridiculous.

You will note that earlier in the blog I stated that $61,000,000 is allegedly guaranteed, well according to sources the money is guaranteed for injuries only and don’t forget Kap was required to purchase a $20,000,000 life insurance policy payable to the 49ers so I guess only $41,000,000 would be guaranteed if he sustained a career ending injury.

Based on my research, Kap will make approximately $41,000,000 over three years starting in 2014.  If the plan was to pay no more than that amount, that should have been the deal.  Instead, they tied him up for the most productive years of his career under the guise that he would be paid $126M when the truth is their plan is not to pay him but to trade or cut him when it’s time to pay the piper because that’s what these teams do.

Kap has to be smart with his money because of the $41,000,000, 50% of that goes to Uncle Sam (i.e. $20,500,000), another 15% to the agent ($4,100,000), which means Kap will net approximately $16,400,00 over the next three years, which is nothing to laugh about, we should all be so lucky.  However, put in perspective if he is not with the right financial advisor he will be just as broke as the other financially ruined players.  One more word of caution, don’t end up with a “baby mama” because the child support is based on the gross, not the net.

I am fighting mad about these NFL contracts and the ineffectiveness of the NFLPA.  The NFLPA is not working to improve the contracts or the pay scale.  The NFL makes the most money of all of the professional sports, yet the players receive the worst contracts and have the highest propensity of being injured and in financial ruin.

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Cavaliers vs. Warriors: It’s Strategy Time

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Listening to the analysts during the NBA Finals opine on what the players are or are not doing in the game just plain irks me.  I have a very different perspective on the game.  The NBA finals are the best of the best and that’s why these two teams are playing for the championship.   Yes, the teams have their superstars and role players but at the end of the day it’s a chess match and it comes down to who is the better coach.

In Games 1 and 2 of the Championship series Stephen Curry and LeBron James had the following stats, respectively:

Curry:                    Game 1                              Game 2

Scored:                 26 Points                              19

Rebounds:           4                                             6

Assist:                   8                                             5

Fouls:                    1                                             4

Turnovers:           4                                             6

James:                  Game 1                                 Game 2

Scored:                 44                                           39

Rebounds:          8                                              16

Assist:                   6                                             11

Fouls:                    2                                              3

Turnovers:           4                                             3

Blocked Shots:                                                    1

Steals:                                                                   1

I’m showing the stats of Curry and James because they are the “Super Stars” of the teams.  However, this blog is not about Curry or James it’s about the coaching that is taking place.  As you can see, LeBron had better stats in both games than Curry but the Warriors managed to pull out the win in game 1.  Of course, we all know that the entire team has to be involved in order to win so I don’t  need to hear that from anyone.

Game 2 was just as intense of a nail bitter, so what was the difference you ask?  The difference was the coaching.  At this juncture the coach has to make adjustments in order to win and that is what Coach David Blatt did.

The media analysts are saying, Step Curry made bad shots, or LeBron upped his game.  Albeit the players’ performance definitely impacts the game, the difference in this series will come down to making the right coaching moves.  Curry, LeBron and the rest of their teammates are going to play hard to win but in order for the Cavaliers to have a chance at winning the championship, it was important to find a player that could stick to Curry and that’s what Coach Blatt did.  Coach Blatt went back, looked at the tape and gave serious thought to how to knock Curry off his game and what player matched up well enough to do that.

It was smart of Coach Blatt to put a player on Curry whose primary job was to interrupt Curry’s flow.  That type of play calling is critical when you’re playing for the trophy.  Although, Coach Blatt made adjustments it was still a tough game but the Cavs pulled out the win.  At this stage in the series it comes down to coaching and Coach Steve Kerr should have anticipated that Coach Blatt would make changes to the Cavs defensive scheme.  Coach Kerr went for the “hack-a-player” strategy, which I absolutely abhor.  My belief is that a team disrupts the flow of the game not only for the other team but for itself as well.  When teams did it to Shaq it didn’t work then and it doesn’t work now.  Stop doing that, it is STUPID and annoying to the fans!!!! 

It is my understanding that Coach Popovich uses this strategy but he only uses it when the Spurs are ahead and need to build on the lead.  In my opinion, this is formula is a crap shoot and not a strategy for winning games for any team and that includes the Spurs.  Coaches need to coach in order to win.  The NBA Finals are the ultimate chess game for a team and the coaches must be able to anticipate the moves of the opposing team.  It was critical for Cleveland to come away with a win in Oakland and they did it so now it’s Coach Kerr’s move.




Domestic Violence and the Professional Athlete: Where is the Middle Ground?

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Some people may find what I am about to say difficult to read and believe but here goes.  The media is being bombarded with stories about domestic violence and professional athletes.  It is so heighten that you can barely turn on the news or pick up a paper without some woman claiming to have been involved in a domestic violence situation with an athlete.

I do not and never will condone domestic violence.  I can honestly say, I have never encountered a man that would have ever approached me in that manner.  If a relationship was is not working, the parties involved should cut their losses and move on.  However, what I’m seeing with a lot of the women and professional athletes is they continue to stay in these situations and have children.  What is wrong with this picture?  Also, in a lot of these cases the women are provoking the men.  YES, I SAID IT, THE MEN ARE BEING PROVOKED!!! A man is not going to stand around and allow a woman to repeatedly hurl insults at him or strike him without losing it at some point.  Most recently, a woman broke into Jamison Crowder’s Instagram account, posted pictures and a message about how much she “loves” him and how she has “overlooked” his abuse because she loves him, “girl bye.”  She should have loved herself more and left the situation if she was being abused.  Instead she chose to remain in it or “hang on” so that she could live the life of a football wife or girlfriend. WOMEN GET YOUR OWN, STOP WANTING A MAN TO TAKE CARE OF YOU AND FOR THE LOVE OF GOD STOP BRINGING CHILDREN INTO YOUR BROKEN MESS!!!

In some of these cases, the men have chosen to end the relationship and the  women are angry and don’t want to let go so they become vindictive. These women set out to destroy these men at all cost because they feel cheated out of a life they believe they are “entitled” to.  Newsflash, you are not entitled to anything.  If you chose to “hang in there” because you thought you were the one and he showed you in every way possible that you were not the one, shame on you.  The best advice I ever received from an ex was, “the best revenge for a man by a woman is to live well” because that does more to shatter a man’s ego than a woman will ever know.  Staying around arguing and fighting is not the proper response to a man that has not treated you well.  I am tired of these holier than thou people, demanding that these young men be prosecuted. Regardless of whether you want to believe it or not, some of these women are deliberately provoking these situations and that is why there needs to be a middle of ground.

Case in Point:  Ray Rice recently completed the pretrial intervention program he entered and has taken part in since the February 2014 incident. Rice chose to participate in this program instead of going to trial, which I believe was the right thing to do.  There was no reason to destroy this young man who worked hard at his career to have it snatched away because of a decision made in the heat of anger.  People do change once they go through programs that teach them how to manage their anger and be in relationships.

I read an interview Janay Rice gave after the incident and she said they were having problems and had been arguing.  Per Janay: “he was on his phone and not looking at me, I went to reach for his phone, and when he grabbed it back, he spit at me and I slapped him.”

Why would she be bold enough to slap this man, that’s an insult?  One can surmise from this statement that Ray Rice was not giving Janay the attention she felt she deserved and she probably thought he was talking to another woman so she tried to take his phone, really?  Why would you take a man’s phone and he’s ignoring you?  Both of them should have been couples counseling because clearly they had issues.

Set forth below are statements from Janay and Ray Rice’s interview followed by my commentary:

“Football came before everything and everyone,” he told me. Janay accepted that as necessary, but it was a sore point. “It was definitely frustrating. It was hard knowing I wasn’t his first priority,” she said.

Commentary:  Now he told her the truth and instead of her verbalizing that this did not work for her she sat around smarting because he was more involved in the craft that has saved him from a life of poverty.  She chose to put her life on hold for him, which he didn’t ask her to do.  Why didn’t she graduate from college?

Things got more challenging when she got pregnant and gave birth, in early 2012, to Rayven, named after Ray and his team. Rayven didn’t sleep well, and “I felt I was doing everything by myself,” Janay said. “After a while, I resented that. I felt like a walking zombie. I told Ray he needed to change more diapers.”

Commentary:  She was not working and he told her from day one that football was his priority.  Instead of completing her education, she decided to secure her future by getting pregnant.  Naming the baby after Ray Rice and the team, reflects she no longer had a life of her own just living to be the wife of Ray Rice and resentful because he had not married her and that’s more of the truth than Ray Rice not changing diapers.

Instead, Ray Rice found excuses to stay away. He overbooked charity events — often three back-to-back on his one day off each week. Afterward, “I get home, I’m spent,” he recalled. “There’s no time to talk. ‘I got practice the next day.’ ” He’d just head off to sleep.

“It got to the point where if she had an issue, I would basically just go silent,” Rice said. “There wasn’t a lot of yelling, screaming, nothing. I would just wake up, go to practice. Then game day gets here. I’d rush for three touchdowns. The family’s over at the house. She’s still got that problem she’s thinking about. And I think, I scored three touchdowns today. Everything’s all right.

Commentary:  As you can see Ray Rice is just going through the motions.  He’s just living his life because at this juncture football is the really the only thing that matters.  He and Janay met when she was 14 and he was 15 so she had an expectation that he would marry her and when her fairytale didn’t happen in the way she imagined it in her head she became resentful.  What Janay should have done was finished college, focused on herself and her career.  Instead she made the decision to play house with Ray Rice, had a baby and just became more unhappy because he was living the football life.

“That’s not what a man does,” Janay would tell him. “I know what a man is supposed to be. I know how a man acts in a relationship. I know what a father is. I experienced it.” Later she told me, “I wasn’t trying to be malicious, but it had to sting.” — NO MAN WANTS TO HEAR STATEMENTS LIKE THAT AND SHE WAS BEING MALICIOUS!!!! Also, her point of reference with respect to what a man does was not his so it was unfair of her to place her expectation on him.

Commentary:  — At the end of day, Janay was angry that he had not married her.  Since she came from a two parent home, she felt like she deserved the same thing, which she did but she should have asked herself “if Ray Rice was the right man?  Ray Rice was not where Janay was and that was difficult for her to accept and things unraveled.  Also, since she slapped him about the phone, believe me that was not the first time the two of them had exchanged punches.  The two of them should have been couples counseling or gone their separate ways.  Instead they remained mired in an unhealthy relationship with a small child.

Kurt Busch, the race car driver had the situation where he had broken up with girlfriend and she came to his trailer and when he asked her to leave, she refused and they got into a brew ha, ha and she accused him of domestic violence.   He ended up suspended and to two of them filed dueling restraining orders against each other.  Here again, they had been together for five (5) years and he made the decision to break it off and she couldn’t handle it.

Before the careers of these men are ruined, the court system and the sports leagues need better ways of working with the people involved in these situations.

Again, where is the middle ground for professional athletes and domestic violence?




Cam Newton’s Alleged $103M NFL Contract: Genie in a Bottle Money

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These NFL contracts are like Genie’s in a bottle, just plan fake.  The media has been filled with articles about Cam Newton’s alleged $103M contract that is really a $60,000,000 contract because that is the amount he has been guaranteed over the next five (5) years.  Based on my research Newton’s real contract is as follows:

Newton signed a five (5) year, $103,800,000 contract, of that amount, $60,000,000 is guaranteed.  It is very probably he will never be paid the remaining $43,800,000.  Of that $60,000,000; $22,500,000 is a signing bonus that will be paid over five (5) Years at $4,500,000 per year.

In 2015, Newton will earn a total of $13,000,000 broken out as follows: a base salary of $1,000,000, $4,500,000 is related to the signing bonus and a roster bonus of $7,500,000. Keep in mind that of this $13,000,000, approximately 50% belongs to Uncle Sam, probably another 15% will go to his agent so in 2015 Cam will deposit approximately $5,525,000.  Don’t get me wrong, $5M is nothing to laugh at and we should all be so lucky but put it in perspective this is being paid out over16 weeks and after that; there is no more money coming in until next year.  If these young kids are not with the right advisors, it will be gone and he will be broke, broke, broke!!!  RECOMMENDATION:  The players should get paid just like the rest of us over the entire year, either weekly or every two weeks to help them manage their money better. 

Another wrinkle in the NFL contracts: Newton will have a cap hit of $13,000,000 while his dead money value is $54,000,000.  What is “dead money”?  This is a good question and has a very complex answer.  The basic definition is best described as follows:

Example of Dead Money:

Fast forward to three years from now. After the 2017 season, the Panters are considering cutting Cam. Thus far, the Panthers have paid Cam $52,666,000 of his guaranteed money leaving $7,333,334 left to pay him.  Let me tell you, if the Panthers have not won a Super Bowl or gone to one, they will be looking to cut Cam after year three (3), and they know it.  That’s why these contracts are such a scam. I digress.

However, the Panthers have only taken a total of $52M in cap hits attributable to Cam. If the Panthers cut Cam Newton before the 2018 season, they would have to satisfy the terms of his contract before he can be released. Newton’s contract  guarantees that he receives $60 million, and the Panthers have paid him a total of $52,666,000 million. Hence, the Panthers are contractually obligated to pay him the remaining $7,333,334 million he was guaranteed before he can be cut.

The dead money associated with cutting Newton would be the total amount of money the Panthers paid him over the course of his contract (i.e. $52,666,000), plus the remaining money he is guaranteed (i.e. $7,333,334), minus the total cap hit the Panthers have taken for Newton over the course of his contract (i.e. $52,000,000).

The dead money comes out to $8 million.  The Panthers have scheduled a cap hit of $21,500,000 in 2018 by cutting Cam would open up cap room of $13,500,000, which could be beneficial depending on their roster.  If $13,5M is not enough cap room they may chose to retain him for another year.   This is a complicated area of contract negotiations and I will be getting more into the details and educating my readers and myself but as you can see, these deals are geared towards having the ability to cut players with large contracts when the ownership does not feel they are meeting expectations.  This is really a way to manage budgets and pay players less money.

As I have said before, if the goal is only to pay the player, $60,000,000 do that and call it a day.  Don’t bother baking the other $43,800,000 into the deal.  Most of these owners have no intention of honoring these deals and it’s unfair to the players to continue these cloak and dagger routines.

Thankfully, Cam does not have any “baby mamas” that we know about and if that’s the case hopefully he does not get caught up in that mess because he will lose more money for being careless and stupid.  Don’t buy the hype of the media about these football player contracts because a lot of it is “smoke and mirrors.”

Sorry but I have to take one more dig at Commissioner Roger Goodell, who will make $44,000,000 this year and probably a bonus, why?  The players are the people ending up with brain damage and other health related problems, yet Goodell is being paid a boat load of money for doing a crappy job as far as fostering relationships with the players.  Maybe that’s why the owners like him so much because he doesn’t give a “DAM” about these men.

SHAME ON ALL THE OWNERS, who make billions off these men.

If the NFLPA had better leadership and was more effective, the players would have better representation.  Yet these idiots are focused on asking Roger Goodell to recuse himself from the Shady Brady proceedings, really?  The NFLPA has more pressing issues to be focused on besides Shady Brady.  Focus on educating these young men about how to secure their futures after football, not on a cheating cad like Shady Brady.


Cams deal in a Nutshell:

Contract: 5 yr(s) / $103,800,000
Signing Bonus $22,500,000
Average Salary $20,760,000
Guaranteed $60,000,000
Free Agent: 2021 / UFA
Year Base Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Option Bonus Cap Hit Amount Paid Dead Cap
2015 Contract details by year $1,000,000 $4,500,000 $7,500,000 $13,000,000 $54,000,000
2016 Contract details by year $13,000,000 $4,500,000 $2,000,000 $19,500,000 $41,000,000
2017 Contract details by year $13,666,666 $4,500,000 $2,000,000 $20,166,666 $21,500,000
2018 Contract details by year $15,000,000 $4,500,000 $2,000,000 $21,500,000 $15,000,000
2019 Contract details by year $16,700,000 $4,500,000 $2,000,000 $23,200,000 $8,500,000
2020 Contract details by year $19,100,000 $2,000,000 $21,100,000 $2,000,000
2021 Free Agent Year UFA
Contract Notes:

  • $54M initially guaranteed (signing bonus, 2015 salary, 2015 roster bonus, 2016 salary, 2016 option bonus)
  • 2015 Roster Bonus $7.5M
  • 2016 Option Bonus: $10M
  • $6M of 2017 salary fully guarantees 3/2017 (guaranteed for injury now)