I normally give the players a pass when it comes to contract disputes. You always hear from the media or message boards that complain about athletes complaining about their contract. I always argue that if the media is going to go after overpaid professions the argument should start and stop with actors. I find it absolutely ridiculous for any actor to receive 20+ million to play pretend for a single movie. Athletes have a shelf life that only lasts so long and can end on any single play, especially in football.
But… while saying all that I am going to poke some fun at Michael Redd, who will make $18.3 million this season to essentially stay the hell away from the Milwaukee Bucks this year. As fans we do get sick of hearing about players holding out for too much money, especially when the player is already under contract, Darrelle Revis. I get why they do it, it is a pride thing. But the example of Redd displays how ridiculous it can get.
For a normal person to make 18.3 million over their entire career we will make some assumptions. The person will start their career by 25 years old and work until they are 65, giving them 40 years of prime earning. For that person to make $18.3 million, which is just the one year total for Redd to do absolutely nothing this season, that person would have to average $457,500 per year over 40 years. FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY SEVEN THOUSAND, FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS.
I only have defended football contracts due to the non-guaranteed aspect of the NFL. I never really have defended NBA contracts but after doing some simple math and realizing Redd will make more in one season than I can possibly make over my entire career without instantly getting at least a 600% raise I have to admit I am a little pissed. Makes my hope for a puny 5% raise look pathetic.