The 2011 CBA restricted rookie wages, as all NFL players earn standard salaries relative to their draft position. While teams are now financially protected from draft busts, standout performers on rookie deals have become grossly underpaid. How can we reach a middle ground?
The impending salary cap increase beginning in 2016 significantly impacted the 2015 NBA Free Agency period, as teams have handed out more than $2 billion in salaries to the players. In addition, big-market teams failed to lure the best players available. What other themes emerged from this year’s free agency?
Although the US Women’s National team received significant interest during its soccer World Cup triumph, female team sports leagues have struggled mightily in the United States. How can these leagues generate sufficient interest to survive in the long run?
Well into her 30’s, Serena Williams continues to dominate women’s tennis and remains the lone American to consistently compete on the international tennis stage. Yet, despite her popularity, she does not receive the off-court earnings as many of the world’s greatest athletes. Serena deserves better.
The NBA received extremely stellar viewership numbers for the 2015 NBA Finals and just agreed to a lucrative TV deal well into next decade. Now, the players and the league must carry the momentum forward and do everything possible to avoid a possible lockout in two seasons.
As NCAA Power 5 conferences continue to rake in tens of millions of dollars annually in TV rights deals, student-athletes still receive almost no direct financial compensation. With millions of people tuning in to marquee events, are NCAA basketball and football players really student-athletes or just athletes?