Last week we talked about how Felix Hernandez will get more than $735,000 for every game he pitches during his new contract. This breaks down to approx. $105,000 per inning, $35,000 per out and $6,685 per pitch. Further analysis shows that King Felix will get $110.50 per foot the ball travels each time throws it, which is more that $9 per inch. And all these figures assume Hernandez remains healthy, Seattle’s schedule breaks right every year and he starts 34 games per season for 7 seasons. Since that isn’t likely to happen, these numbers err on the side of conservative; quite unbelievable indeed.
Don’t Be a Hater
Since that post I’ve received numerous correspondences with people unanimously complaining about how outrageous some professional athlete contracts are. The only thing I can tell people is that you have to forget these are games that you and I played when we were kids, and remind yourself that these folks are all in the entertainment industry. While that may not make you feel any better, at least you might be able to rationalize the insanity of it all that way.
In the end, it simply comes down to supply and demand. As long as we are collectively willing to pay a king’s ransom to view these sporting events and players in person and on TV while purchasing team and player apparel, these entertainers will continue to receive outrageous contracts. Consider the fact that your children have a better chance of becoming a brain surgeon than becoming an elite professional athlete and you can see how the supply and demand equation works for the great athlete too. There just aren’t many people in the world than can step on a field/court and have careers like Alex Rodriguez or Kobe Bryant (PEDs or not). That’s why they are both making a $28,000,000 base salary in 2013.
Speaking of A-Rod, at this point it looks like as a result of his hip injury and surgery, he very well may miss the entire 2013 MLB season. This means that unless he is suspended for 50-games by MLB for PEDs, Alex will earn $173,000 for every game that he misses. Even if he doesn’t get paid for 50-games, he’ll still average $119,500 for the 162 games he doesn’t play in…
As for Kobe, who scored just 4 points in the LA Lakers 91-85 win over the Phoenix Suns last night, he received just about $85,000 per point for last night’s work. Hey’ it’s a great gig if you can get it…
Am I the only one that hasn’t made a Harlem Shake video?