Daddy, are they going to play football next year?


I happened to come across an NFL player’s pay stub.  Oddly it looks rather normal if you look at it from afar. It’s from ADP…I love it!

The line items is where it gets real interesting. I know you’re going to look at every one. It’s kinda hard to resist, isn’t it? Here’s the breakdown:

Yes the recession has thrown a wrench into ticket sales and a lot of other ways the owners make money but I’m not crying for them either. After all they have to pay 53 of these guys on their roster and tons of other expenses. But many of the 32 NFL team owners are billionaires. If you want to know exactly how much a billion really is, look at this post called, “What would you do with a loose billion?” Put it this way. No one on either side is ironing their own underwear.

I’m not taking sides. I just want to see football played. The President has even asked them to play ball.  Explaining this to a 9 year old is tough when players wear million dollar bling earrings and drive $2,600,000 Bugattis Veyrons. My son is addicted to ESPN on TV and I don’t have a great answer when I hear, “Daddy are they going to play football next year?” What do you think of all this? Someone help me out here.

~Mike

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11 Responses to “Daddy, are they going to play football next year?”

  1. staci garcia Says:

    Can you hook me up? You got my number. Write it on the back of a locker room door somewhere. Next to Maria’s…

  2. Vicequeenmaria Says:

    Clearly, I need to be hanging out in locker rooms to find a husband …

    I guess if the government can threaten to shut down for stupid reasons, so can football, right?

  3. NotTypical Says:

    1. How many of them get a $5 million plus signing bonus?
    2. How many of them are in the league after 2-3 years?

    • Mike LaMonica Says:

      1) I can only guarantee that 1 got a 5 mill signing bonus. But this guy went late in the second round so conceivably 60 or so guys ahead of him could have received 5m signing bonuses that year alone.

      2) I don’t know how many are active or even useful after 2-3 years but I know what you mean. Their career can be cut short anytime.

      ~Mike

  4. Rick Says:

    Man, I wish I could put 16K into my 401K every week. Wait. Let correct that. I wish I made 16K every week. That’s what I meant to say.

    • Mike LaMonica Says:

      Rick this whole thing is insane. I still hold a grudge about the ’95 baseball strike, but I didn’t have a kid then. Where is Rodney King when you need him?

      ~Mike

  5. TheDudeDean Says:

    If they don’t get this shit sorted by pre-season, I’m going to be a very angry and pissed off Dude.

  6. mkhall Says:

    You know, I just don’t think there’s any way for me to adequately express how I feel about NFL salaries on a family blog like this.

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