Because the team owners make obscene amounts of money from their customers, me and you and millions of others. And the players unionized in order to demand a significant portion of that money, which the owners couldn’t make without them. Owners, knowing that the entire reason anyone buys tickets, merchandise, or cable subscribtions, is because they want to watch the players, gave in and paid the players what they deserved.
Seriously, before the 1960s and 70s, most professional athletes had to get second jobs in the off-season just to survive, because they didn’t even make what a full time minimum wage earner would make in the course of a year. (The National Basketball Players Association is actually the first, and earliest, player’s union, starting in 1954 and finally being recognized by the NBA a decade later, but I’m speaking of pro sports in general here.) They organized, fought for fair pay, and won. It’s a story that was repeated many times in all sorts of industries throughout the 20th century.
Pro-sports were one of the last, because so many thought it was absurd that people would make decent money playing a game. But nobody seemed to think it was absurd that owners made millions for hosting games, interestingly enough.
- Why is the NBA season with half the number of games two months longer than the MLB season?
- Would a team of five LeBron James defeat the Golden State Warriors?
- Qui sont les 5 meilleurs joueurs potentiels non satisfaits de la NBA? Les gars qui ont montré qu'ils avaient le talent mais des blessures, ou quelque chose, les ont déraillés.
- Which sport is more complicated, football (soccer) or basketball?
- Qu'advient-il si vous jouez au basket depuis l'âge de 15 ans?