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THE QUESTION

Are Rookies Overpaid?

What, if anything, should the NFL do to reform its compensation structure that pays untested rookies more than future Hall of Famers?

Posted by Emil Steiner on April 24, 2009 10:00 AM
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phoenixresearch: You're joking, right? Easy answer -- cap them by round selected at an apprentice wage. Stick them with that for two years to prove themselv...

jlhare1: Not only are the rookie player salaries too high, the endorsement deals some are offered are even worse. No wonder so many players are prett...

victorlove1: I'm going to get cyberslapped for saying this, but it's the truth. From rookies to veterans, in all sports, their talent level does not com...

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ozpunk Author Profile Page :

I think that salaries should be capped depending on what round they are selected in, but their rookie contracts should allow for a clause to be re-negotiated if they perform very well or have bonus incentives for certain benchmarks.

kathymac1 Author Profile Page :

Why would you think a 21 year old who gets 20 million dollars for throwing a ball around is overpaid

I don't understand

CharlesNewsomeSR Author Profile Page :

Professional athletes are overpaid in geneneral. The owners and players apparently have no concern about how their greed impacts the sports fan. Higher salary structures mean higher ticket/concession prices and higher cable bills for the fans. This a classic example of abusing a good thing. At some point professional sports is going to cave in on itself.

kvnmck11 Author Profile Page :

Does it strike anyone as strange that these artificial constrainsts (salary cap, rookie and otherwise) are needed
for owners to protect themselves from themselves

phoenixresearch Author Profile Page :

You're joking, right?

Easy answer -- cap them by round selected at an apprentice wage. Stick them with that for two years to prove themselves.

Then, it's whatever the market will pay them based on proven performance.

Of course, the NFLPA will strike, but after a few years w/o a paycheck, the players will make the union come around.

jlhare1 Author Profile Page :

Not only are the rookie player salaries too high, the endorsement deals some are offered are even worse. No wonder so many players are pretty much uncoachable.

victorlove1 Author Profile Page :

I'm going to get cyberslapped for saying this, but it's the truth.

From rookies to veterans, in all sports, their talent level does not come close to the amount of money paid or earned.

Athletes say they need this outrages pay package because there sports careers are so short and the damage to their body is to great, and they put people in the stands.
If that ideology were indeed correct and employed across all professions, then carpenters and tradesmen would be making more like a million bucks a year.
And journalist would earn min. wage.

If the NEED for housing and food is so great, why are we at the bottom of the payscale totem pole?

Concussions, bad backs, bad knees, shortened careers are part of the athletes argument that they deserve this pay, owners are making to much off of my abilities, we need greater equity in the profits is the rest of their argument.

If you don't want to get burned don't be a cook, or a firefighter, if you don't want to get shot don't become a policeman,
soldier or a gang member, if you are afraid of water don't join the Navy. If you want to have a clear mind that works, a strong back so you can pick up your children and frolic, legs and knees that will be strong enough to go on walks with your loved ones, stay the hell out of sports and construction.


 
 
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