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How Athletes Can Boost the Economy

By Rob Trahan(12,495) Rob Trahan

Posted Monday, February 04, 2008
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Ever have an epiphany (or as Smee from 'Hook' says: an apostrophe)? Ever have an idea so brilliant it couldn't have possibly come from you? Every once in a while I have an idea that is even more astute than usual. Here's my latest one:

To combat the slowing economy, have every professional athlete give one paycheck to a family middle class or below. Throw in head coaches, too. I know, some families would get more than others. But even the ones who are matched up with league-minimum guys would still end up with a pretty nice prize.

Consider this. Recently acquired Mets pitcher Johan Santana just received a contract extension that averages to roughly $23 million a year. If he gets paid weekly throughout the season, that comes to just under $767,000 a check. Shoot, you could split that 100 ways and still end up giving out almost $8000 to 100 families.

Young guys in most professional leagues generally make around $500,000. One week's check in baseball is $16,667. One game check in football is $31,250. You can't convince me that even the low guys on the totem pole couldn't spare a little to help out his fellow American.

So how about it? We give to our athletes. It's time for them to give back!

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Comment by Danny Davids(13,494) Danny Davids (116 days ago.)
I don't know about an apostrophe, but my guess is the sports stars would end up with a serious colon problem if they actually did that...!

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