Ask Gary: Was Smith the best choice for the Bucs?

by Gary Shelton on May 2, 2015 · 2 comments

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Cecil DeBald May 2, 2015 at 11:38 am

I remember while I was in college studying economics reading an article about, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his impact on the Milwaukee team that drafted him. The Bucks made no other changes from the previous year, when Milwaukee finished last. They paid him about $1.5 million, and the Bucks finished the season with attendance that made the team a bottom-line increase of something like 10x that 1.5 million. That’s why they pay athletes so much – because fans drive up revenue for teams that have stars, super-stars, or even just pretty good players. The other option would be to have athletes paid a lot less and team owners and leagues earning a lot more – and no, the option of having athletes paid a lot less and all the costs fans pay to watch professional sports go down is not an option…


Rick Martin May 2, 2015 at 8:27 am

Barry McDowell makes some interesting comments about how we place these athletes on a pedestal and treat them like royalty. We’re not the only society that does this – seems to be a world wide thing (see what the rest of the world does for soccer players). Often I wonder why a person like Winston gets a salary that it takes important people in society (ie surgeons, teachers, fire fighters, police officers, nurses) lifetimes or multiple lifetimes to accumulate.


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