The Society We Live In

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Why Does Free Agency Cost So Much?

Free Agency costs too much.  For starters, Dwayne “D” Wade just re-signed with the Miami Heat for $20 mil. That’s twenty million dollars to play basketball for one year.  Regardless of injury or his declining ability, he gets paid. Twenty million dollars. Do you know how much 20 million dollars could buy? A lot.  A whole lot. But this is the society we live in. 

Free agency is not free. It costs. It costs our society and our civilization. It taxes and tolls and adds tension to our already stressed and strained, divided and dichotomous domain.  It continues to separate and segregate and isolate and insulate the upper echelon and the higher carillon from the lower and lesser and feebler and frailer amongst us. Because this is the society we live in.

The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. In sports, what we as a society pay professional athletes only seems to aggravate and exacerbate this devilish dualism.  The “haves” and the “have nots” continue to coexist along parallel paths that never cross or converge. We can spend what we will on what we want (athletes salaries) but can’t seem to find the money to pay for the things we need. And this is the society we live in.

The cost of free agency to the players who sign and savor these huge, overinflated and overabundant contracts is negligible to them. I like D. Wade. I do. And this is not about him, per se. It’s about the salaries of athletes and CEO’s and movie stars alike. Are they at fault for receiving or are we at fault for allowing such exorbitance and extravagance? Who is at fault when so many have so little and so few have so much?

Twenty million dollars to play basketball for one year.  This is the society we live in.

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I’m not hatin’. I’m just saying.

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