No wonder Ziggy Ezekiel Ansah wanted to play basketball. He is now playing NFL
and I sure hope he doesn't complain and play many many years for NFL. And I
do hope that he puts away his money for his retirement. I careless about
pro sports which they are waaaay over pay players/coaches and waaaaay too
expensive to attend games - all pro sports!
All top pro athletes are paid waaaay too much money, and it is the fans who
suffer. Our top educators and top law enforcement are far more important, yet
get paid a fraction of what these selfish primadonna athletes get paid.
Something is dreadfully wrong with our value system in America.
NFL has to split the piece of the pie among 50+ players instead of NBAs 15.Also NFL players (non-qb) value goes down a lot quicker than basketball
players.There are season ending injuries in both, but NBA players can
usually come back to what they once were (of course there are exceptions such as
Chris Bosh).By the time you would pay most good RBs a huge contract,
they have already peaked and are not as impactful and more injured overall.I think both sports should pay based on performance. They could have a
base salary (or an "insurance" payment in case of injury) - but if you
do not play well, you don't get paid much. If you over perform you get
paid more. Guaranteed contracts are ruining NBA.Also, there should
be a strict salary cap in the NBA - you can't go over - no luxary tax.
Every team should have the same salary cap. They could then do away with max
contracts for players and you could pay the player whatever you wanted. That
would give guys like Kevin Durant and Gordon Hayward more incentive to stay with
smaller market teams - as these teams could pay them a lot more than teams that
are already spending a lot of money on other superstars.
What is truly sad is that a majority of former players in both the NBA and the
NFL will end up going broke just a few years after retiring. Some of the
players have excellent money management skills, but most of them spent their
college years just prepping for the pros and not paying attention to all those
other things. This amount of money could help a vast amount of people instead
of buying luxury everything only to go broke later. With proper stewardship,
they could ensure the financial future of their family for several generations
as well as help siblings and parents and give a great amount to charity, but
often times $100,000 bachelor parties and similar events eat up the funds.
I'm a much bigger fan of the NBA than the NFL but I can appreciate the NFL
players complaints about their pay compared to other leagues (but not compared
to non-professional athletes). Considering the risks of playing pro football
(brain damage, short careers, etc) they should push for much higher wages. Team
sizes will likely keep the NFL from ever being the highest paid sport in the
world but there's no reason it should rank lower than hockey.
The main difference is simply the number of employees. NFL teams have waaaaaay
more players, coaches, staff, etc than NFL teams so of course the money
won't be the same