In the most recent day’s, sports news has been dominated by one thing. NBA free agency. Seeing players sign three and four year deals for $100, $150, and $200-million in quick succession, many in the sports world have taken notice. One player in particular that has taken a keen eye to these deals is Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins.
We gotta get paid more I'm pretty sure 2014 class will change the market
— King Me (@sammywatkins) July 2, 2017
Posting the above tweet on twitter, Watkins seems to have taken notice of the amount of money these players are getting. Moreso, these players are getting paid big contracts in a sport that is nowhere near as tough and competitive as the NFL. After all, everyone knows that the NBA Finals this year will feature the Philadelphia 76ers and the Denver Nuggets.
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For a league like the NFL which features a much more contact heavy sport and is also wide open compared to it’s NBA brethren, the fact that the NFL’s top players get paid less is a travesty in all honesty. That said, their are some reasons for both sides of the argument to hold on to when it comes to the pay of the NFL’s top stars.
On the one hand, the NFL’s income each year is Billions of dollars ahead of their NBA brother. With this extra cash, surely, the league can throw a bigger bone over to it’s players. Heck, raising the salary cap enough to give everyone a pay raise likely still keeps everyone in the black money wise. Even if the team begins to lose money, the re-sale value of the team is this day and age will make the owners quite a bit in itself.
On the other hand, the reason why NBA stars get such big deals is because of how short the roster is. Needing only 12 or 13 players on the active roster at a time, NBA teams have much fewer players to spread their money around to. With this limit, it is no wonder why even moderately successful players receive such big deals.
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For the NFL, the salary cap has to be spread around 53 different players plus all those who get cut but still retain their paydays. Given this massive roster size as opposed to the NBA, NFL teams have to be much more cautious when signing players at both the higher and middle end of the spectrum.
With all of that said, I think we can agree that these NFL players are not hurting for money. Receiving millions of dollars per year and still asking for more is something completely above my own pay grade to diagnose, however, I see the point being made especially when we compare what is expected of NFL players compared to those in the NBA.
Potentially hitting the open market next year, Sammy Watkins won’t see the kind of money he is certainly after. That said, look for this to be a sticking point the next time the CBA comes up as NFL players attempt to receive pay raises in order to match or even exceed the amount paid to their NBA brethren.