American priorities....

Joined: January 18th, 2007, 6:05 am

July 2nd, 2018, 10:17 pm #1

All the TV talking heads are Oohhing and Aaaahhing over Lebron James signing to play kid's street games for 150 million dollars.  And people can't figure out why this country is getting more and more messed up??

:-(
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Joined: January 19th, 2003, 6:58 pm

July 3rd, 2018, 7:12 pm #2

It's been that way since Babe Ruth was traded to the Yankees. the country will survive.
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Joined: May 19th, 2013, 2:09 pm

July 3rd, 2018, 8:49 pm #3

And did you forget Tom Brady and his wife the highest paid female model in the world (She made $30.5 million in 2016 for putting her shapely ass in tight dresses). To quote Jerry Maguire: "Show me the money".  It is all about generating earnings.  Basketball is a business.  Or are you a socialist anti-capitalist.  James gets paid for what he does better than anyone else.  His presence on the court means more in attendance, meaning more ticket sales, meaning more television coverage, meaning more ad dollars, meaning more revenue.

Perhaps you enjoyed the old Soviet days when sports stars in the Soviet Union were pros in army uniforms.

Lebron IS the American story. Success at what one does, and becoming rich.  At least he didn't kill any miners in making his fortune.
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Joined: May 20th, 2013, 12:03 am

July 3rd, 2018, 9:22 pm #4

None of these guys gets paid because of what they do.
Best or not , stuffing a ball thru a hoop can't be worth
that kind of money. They get paid because of the number
of people willing to pay to watch them stuff a ball thru a hoop (or whatever)
which includes the eyeballs they bring to watch it on TV.

It's not their fault they make that much money.
I just like airplanes
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Joined: August 20th, 2014, 9:00 pm

July 3rd, 2018, 10:27 pm #5

It’s called free market capitalism. Prices are set by the market. So yes , through tickets sales and TV broadcasting fees, the market  has set Lebron’s wages. If the team owners starts losing money, they will not offer as much to the players, but the team owners are making a fortune. I think it’s ridiculous too from a personal standpoint. But that is how it works. Same with a $150 Tamiya kit,  if  enough are willing to pay that price, the market  has set the price.

Another way to look at this is : if most were willing to pay $15 for a Big Mac, McDonald's could pay their workers $18/hr. But the market has set the price of a Big Mac at $4.00, so the workers get $8.26/hr.
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July 3rd, 2018, 10:29 pm #6

ANYBODY can get paid that much. All you have to do is convince 100 Million people to pay to watch you work.
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July 4th, 2018, 9:25 am #7

"All the TV talking heads ......" ALL?? Maybe if ya only watch Fox or ESPN. Reported on all the national evening news half hr/hr I DVR every day (ABC, BBC, CBS and PBS) a few days ago sure, but 1-3 mins tops. The Thai kids in the cave got 5+ mins EZ.

So what's an adult game?? Chess? Ain't really no one gonna pay to watch that! Like soccer or golf, watching grass grow.

If ya want HARD news, it's out there, and actually not that hard to find. Ya could also take to reading newspapers again. NYT, WaPo, Boston Globe, LA Times, etc. No one's 'forcing' people to read crap like People or the Nat Enquirer.

And how does some mega talented, one in a mil, getting paid many millions, harm the 'country'? Trump being real estate developer rich bugs me WAY more than James being basketball rich. And he's not being 'paid' by you, me, or taxpayers. He's being paid by millionaires/billionaires and multi national corps who want him to hawk their soap, cars, soda, socks, etc.

You're just jealous.

Now rich no talents like the Kardashians, Oprah and 99.999% of rappers, that does bug me, kinda. Not that I lose any sleep over it.
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Joined: June 19th, 2010, 3:26 am

July 4th, 2018, 2:23 pm #8

One of Bob Greene's columns was about the woman Vanna White replaced on "Wheel of Fortune".  She became an oncology nurse. I hope you never encounter one of them as a matter of need, but they are worth their weight in emeralds. Of course, she was not paid as much in that job as Vanna was in hers.
And remember, there's a reason that a newspaper's sports desk is known as the Toy Department.
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Joined: November 10th, 2006, 3:04 pm

July 5th, 2018, 7:01 pm #9

While 150 million bucks to play a game IS a lot of money, I would ask this- IS it just a game?  IS there much, much more involved?   I have to say, local economists here in Cleveland are predicting the loss, ANNUALLY, of half a BILLION dollars....(one analyst even said he HOPES that's accurate, he came up with a much higher number...) Store owners are very worried, restaurants are in major fear, and, less than a week after he left, the Cavs are reporting 7500 season ticket holders have given notice they won't renew....  but, "it's just a kid's game"......
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July 6th, 2018, 12:02 am #10

Free market capitalism notwithstanding, I have always thought that it's a poor commentary on our society when (1) athletes and "personalities" (the Kardashians, Paris Hiltons, etc.) earn so much and teachers, writers, nurses, police, firefighters, and EMTs earn so little and (2) so many are obsessed over sports figures and said personalities.
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