Since I'm done with my ramblings about STDs and spas, I think I should veer toward writing that is one of my passions in life: sports.
This guy is Zack Greinke, 32, and previously played for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the MLB. This guy just got a $206 contract from the Arizona Diamondbacks for six years, basically paying him until he's 38.
Basketball aficionados know Anthony Davis and the guy signed a five-year extension this year for $145 million, which would pay him until he's 27 (he's currently 22).
Of all the transactions made in the calendar year amongst all US professional sports, J.J Watt of the Houston Texans topped the NFL with a $100 million contract extension for six years. Watt is currently 26 and would be paid up until he's 32.
Upon trying to view all of the biggest contracts signed for professional sports (link here; it's Wikipedia but there are references anyway), it's mind-boggling that the MLB puts up the biggest of contracts (Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlis signed a $325 million contract for 13 years; signed when he was 25 last year) despite being very dormant in the public sphere (we know the US is very NFL-centric, thus, their halftime shows being a spectacle every single year).
So what makes the NFL a market haven? It's the game itself.
There are 162 MLB games in a season for a single team; 82 for the NBA and 16 for the NFL. What's unique with the MLB is that they play games versus the same opponent for three straight days, and at times, play them twice in the same day. It's surprising that even though the NFL employs more in their roster (53; has 46 active for a game, whereas the MLB as a 40-man roster with 25 being active), the MLB players cover more games.
So why do MLB teams have purchasing power? For one, the games take soooooooooooooooo looooooooooong. An average, nine-game inning would take at least two, three hours to finish --- as long as it doesn't take extra innings. Longer games equal to more ads on TV. More ads would rake in more money. That's why the NBA is going for a lucrative TV deal to increase its salary cap. That's why the Superbowl ads are as big as anything else in the US --- the fact that advertisers could reach a big audience in a big game with tons of people watching helps them generate revenues.
And the long contracts intended for MLB players? Well, they have less contact than those in the NFL or the NBA, so it's more of an investment for these teams. Moreover, there are MLB players in their 40s (mostly pitchers and sluggers [batters who turn out to be designated hitters]) who could still perform their duties as million-dollar contract players. Why? They rely wholly on arm strength as opposed to the NFL and the NBA who uses pure athleticism in all duties. Moreover, MLB players develop as they age --- akin to a fine wine if we were to put it on reference --- as players usually become rotational pieces when they are around their late 20s --- something that's different to that in the NFL and the NBA.
Which brings me to this question: do Filipinos have talent to play in the MLB? I'd say that we ought to try and develop this sort of investment. A classmate of mine before --- Matt Laurel of the Ateneo Blue Eagles --- became UAAP MVP when they beat La Salle for the championship last season, didn't look like your typical athlete but he was good. And he's a Laurel (related to Denise, I have to put that out), so you could see that he's an elitist (and an Atenean, SMH). So yeah, the problem now lies over the fact that the richest sporting spectacle in the world --- baseball in the US and world football --- appears to only be available for the people who study in Zobel or some PAREF school down south.
Sport ought to be means for people to escape reality --- whether it be a temporary escape or a permanent one wherein you become good enough to be a star athlete --- mostly alluded to poverty but the rich has more access to it than us. I guess we should highlight BOTH football and baseball in this country. Filipinos get bored a lot that's why it's hard to convince them to watch such games but just look at the payout and eventually, everyone's going to get hooked.