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By soccermaster12 Oct 14, 2013 397 Words
“Greed In Sports” by: Andrew Grimm

Famous basketball player, Michael Jordan wanted to de-certify the union of the National Basketball Association (remove a certificate or certification from the NBA), 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 of MLB were proposing wasn’t fair. The minimum salary for a major league player is $119,000. For the first time in 90 years, there was no post-season baseball, and no world series, due to the players going on strike.

Eric Turner was chosen as the NFL team, Cleveland Browns franchise player. He then proceeded to hold out during spring training, because he knew he could get more money than his current $2.1 million dollar contract. When players start to “hold out”, that means they are just waiting for a better offer, to get more money. At one point in every athletes life, there is nothing they would want to do more than play their sport, not because it makes them rich, but because they have a true love for the sport. 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, no matter what.

The NFL is a breeding ground for holdout players. Houldout means, an act of resisting something or refusing to accept what is offered. I think that Holdout 101 taught by Professor X-Pro Millionaire, is a required class for all pro football players. Rule number one: if you think you can get more money than what your contract says, holdout. Rule number two: if you are in the middle of a multi-year contract, then screw that contract. Remember, if rule one applies, who cares about a commitment

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