Doug Robinson: NBA players getting richer, NFL players want some

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  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    July 15, 2017 2:46 p.m.

    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!

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    July 15, 2017 1:06 p.m.

    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.

  • Uncle Rico Provo, UT
    July 15, 2017 7:48 a.m.

    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.

  • conservative scientist Lindon, UT
    July 14, 2017 6:18 p.m.

    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.

  • Palmetto Bug Columbia, SC
    July 14, 2017 6:08 p.m.

    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.

  • Pingdizzle South Jordan, UT
    July 14, 2017 5:52 p.m.

    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