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NFL $alaries: Are they too much?

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

According to an article by William L. Anderson, high salaries of professional football players may be a sign of economic prosperity and rebound, not foolish spending on “poor role models.” The number of Americans attending professional athletic events was increasing as of the year 2000, but the athletes were often criticized for their high pay and off-field behavior. His colleagues were concerned that “we should not be paying great sums of money to people who are not proper role models for our children.” As teachers who earn a much lower salary, this was a valid concern. Anderson’s colleagues suggested that Americans do not value education.


However, Anderson mentioned that salary increase may mean that more citizens have the financial ability to attend games, purchase team merchandise, and enjoy the sport in other ways. One of his examples used a teacher as the subject: If the teacher is paying less for rent, gasoline, food costs, etc., he or she will have more to spend on leisure activities- i.e., attending an NFL game. He suggests that this is a sign of economic prosperity.


Therefore, one can hypothesize that player salaries may have a positive impact on the economy AND show a reflection of the improving economic conditions. This relates to the chapter in many ways if the athlete is looked upon as a “product.” Economic interactions occur when fans buy appropriately priced tickets. Market equilibrium exists stadiums sell (mostly) all of the tickets. The price of tickets can be categorized as a market shortage if the tickets sell out (priced too low) and many fans are left unhappy. Scarcity determines football salaries: If there were a million quarterbacks that were all amazing, there would be an overabundance of badass quarterbacks and no one would be worth very much. However, there are very few that are outstanding. Thus, they are paid more and are worth more.

MLB and MTV??

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Although television is not considered a new form of media or technology by any means, reality shows on channels such as E!, MTV, and Bravo have grown more popular in recent years. However, I think we’ve all had enough of the Kardashians. Celebrities and wanna-be stars are becoming more and more over the top as they show the world glimpse into their “fab” lifestyles of excess.


Perhaps this is why reality television shows are turning to athletes to continue gaining viewers. Athletes including Ryan Lochte, Lamar Odom, Kris Humphries, Apolo Anton Ohno, and many other athletes and Olympians have appeared on or starred in their own reality shows, increasing their popularity or infamy, in some cases. Perhaps shows that feature purely athletes and teams (Two-A-Days, Venus and Serena) have given Major League Baseball an idea to join the trend.


According to Business Insider and Associated Press, Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz is collaborating with Pittsburgh Pirates player Andrew McCutchen to produce a reality TV show on MTV. The show hopes to “meld pop culture and baseball” throughout a 30-episode series. Tim Brosnan, executive MLB vice president stated the show’s main goal was to “promote the game and its players with a young generation” which should reach out to target populations, increase the fan-base, and increase interest in baseball. Brosnan went on to state “Like any other business, cultivating new fans and customers is, was and always will be an imperative for baseball.”

The show has not yet been named, but generating “hype” about the show via twitter, vine, facebook, etc. would aid in its success and achievement of its goals. Vine is a new form of media that continues to gain popularity. Perhaps the show’s producers could begin creating vines to help advertise the show, or create an iPhone app to host fan’s predictions/opinions/etc.

Note: This post is NOT saying TV is the new media. The success and fame of reality TV star athletes/Olympians  (NOT TV itself) is the outlet and new form of media to gain fans and draw attention to a specific athlete or team.