11 Jun 2009
The big news outside the US today involves Manchester United winger/striker Cristiano Ronaldo, who's about to sign with Real Madrid after a world record transfer fee of £80 million was agreed by the two clubs.
Ronaldo is expected to receive a contract in the range of £180,000 a week, meaning that he'd end up earning about $15.4 million a year in salary, right around upper echelon of NFL players.
With that in mind, I've got two questions.
First, do you believe that NFL teams should be allowed to buy or sell players? It's always seemed like Bowie Kuhn's decision to block Charlie Finley from selling players to the Yankees and Red Sox in the 1970's sort of set policy on the issue across US sport. I suspect someone with a better sense of history would be able to explain if that's not the case.
Personally, I figure that it would make the most sense for baseball clubs to be able to sell players considering the wealth and payroll disparities between teams, but I think that it's an idea worth discussing with regards to football.
Second -- and here's the more tantalizing question -- How much do you think a team would pay for a star player? This is strictly cash from owner-to-owner here, not trading players or picks in the process.
(No, I'm not trying to make this a ROBO-PUNTER thread.)
31 replies , Last at 16 Jun 2009, 3:43pm by Anonymous11