Wednesday, January 15, 2014
BECAUSE I'M WORTH IT by Steve Tannen
So the conversation over cordials turned to a bit of anger from a buddy over the Dodgers pondering a 100 million dollar deal for ace lefty Clayton Kershaw. The usual line of thinking about priorities, values and all that crap! Yes, I said crap. A professional sports franchise with a value in the neighborhood of a billion dollars isn't paying salaries it can not afford. Here are some numbers for annual TV deals alone for the Big 3. NFL: 3 billion annually from it's network partners through 2022. NBA: A mere 950 million. MLB: Last October signed an 8 year, 12.5 billion dollar deal. You do the math. This doesn't include dough from licensing, stadium deals, concessions, parking, local cable, ect.
So, in those sports, who would you guarantee 100 million dollars, starting the next season for 5 total years. Last week we went with our Elite 8 of current jocks who would make the Ultimate Hall of Fame. Let's keep that theory? Again, call the show from 3-6pm on our Oregon Fuel Injection Hotline at 541 284 8542, text me now at 541 321 0824, tweet at me @sportstalk953 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
My suggestions based on the most recent numbers cranked out this season: No wrong answers, it's your $$.
I'm leaving out anyone in the neighborhood of 30 and older for sanity sakes.
NFL: Colin Kaepernick, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, AJ Green, DeMaryius Thomas, Dez Bryant, DeSean Jackson, TY Hilton, Calvin Johnson, Shady McCoy, Eddie Lacey, Kiko Alonso, Luke Kuechly, Navorro Bowman, Robert Quinn, Richard Sherman, Lavonte David
NBA: Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Kevin Love, LeMarcus Aldridge, Damien Lillard, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, John Wall, James Harden, Dwight Howard, Anthony Davis, Steph Curry, Paul George, Blake Griffin
MLB: Clay Kershaw, Chris Sale, Jose Fernandez, Felix Hernandez, Steve Strassburg, Max Scherzer, Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Buster Posey, Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera, Paul Goldschmidt, Freddie Freeman, Andrew McCutchen, Troy Tulowitzki, Jon Lester