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To make a sport BETTER

Posted on: December 28, 2011 1:51 pm
It seems that every time a player gets a huge chunk of contract, they tend to abuse it by not playing very hard as to save their bodies for a super long career. And now they are fighting the owners for more money and rightfully so. But i have a suggestion that could stop the whining and lack of competetive spirit. Many have thought about it and it should be as follows.Every player is paid a league maximum of say 600,000, or less for non starters garunteed. Then all pay is performance based. If they make the playoffs then the whole team gets a good chunk of cash as would they if they won the superbowl and or championship. Now the owners would be making a killing. So install a tax penalty to where the team could fund itself plus make money but the tax would be spread through the community or nation (which would help the recession that we find ourselves in). It could be something of that nature. Everyone would say that they wont play for that kind of pay,well i beg to differ. How many seniors in college just played their last game this year? They would play their hearts out to just play in the NFL/NBA/MLB, because its the sport they grew to love and a bonus to get paid for doing just that. It would stop a player from making 30 million a year that had a mediocre season. It would get it back to REAL sport action. Imagine the ALL-Pro/ALL-Star game if it meant that you win an extra million dollars or so. They wouldnt go there for the show and albeit they wont opt out of the honorable game that they have got choosen for. Thats an honor to get voted in. But all in all it would bring back the real meaning of sports because if you got in for the money in the first place then become a banker. And if the flashy players dont like it well theres the door.
Category: General

Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: December 29, 2011 8:18 am

To make a sport BETTER

The thing that I want to see in sports that will probably never happen is general managers stop caving into these players who are under contract but decide to hold out until they get a new contract. These holdouts serve as major distractions to teams and more often than not hurt the team more than it helps the team.

Two players from this past season that really got on my nerves with this crap were Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans and Peyton Hillis of the Cleveland Browns. It is no coincidence not only were their performances down but there is a very good chance that both of their teams will not make the playoffs. The Browns are out of it and if the Cincinnati Bengals defeat the Baltimore Ravens then the Titans (who are currently on the outside looking in) are eliminated from postseason contention.

If I were the general manager of the Titans I would have told Chris Johnson 'stay at home and we will play Javon Ringer and we won't pay you until you report. On top of that we are going to start handing you out fines until you show up to camp'.

Peyton Hillis and that fake injury was a disgrace and was just another form of a holdout albeit an in season holdout. It was amazing how that hamstring got healed real quickly when the report surfaced that the Browns were not going to re-sign him in the offseason and then backup Chris Ogbonnaya went and rushed for 90 yards against the St. Louis Rams. That performance was then followed up the very next week with 115 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

If anything these two as well as other players who are thinking about holding out should follow the example of Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers whose contract was set to expire, and was seeking a new deal. Troy who is by far the superior player of these three was the one who could have held out and most fans would have sided with him being that he is a proven superstar and is not some flash in the pan that has had one or two good seasons. However, being the true professional that he is, he showed up to camp and went about handling his business on the field. The end result was that just as the season was getting underway the Steelers extended his contract thus getting that distraction out of the way and now they (the Steelers) are going to be heading back to the postseason.

So the moral of the story (which is just my opinion) is stop caving into these star players under contract who hold out. Holdout = hold back their paychecks.

Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 1:54 pm

To make a sport BETTER

And about injuries there could be some kind of insurance like universal, for when you get injured you would have cash saved just in case. Or something of the sorts. Just imagine how better pro sports would be. Any thoughts?

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