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Things We Can Learn About Resilience As Elite Athletes

When people think about professional sports, they commonly think about the amount of money these people get paid. A lot of people are very disappointed by the fact that other careers don’t pay better when professional athletes are paid obnoxious sums of money to play a child’s game. At the same time, people are paid […]

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Sprinter. Man running on road at high speed in beautiful exotic mountain landscape. Male athlete runner in intense sprint during outdoor workout

When people think about professional sports, they commonly think about the amount of money these people get paid. A lot of people are very disappointed by the fact that other careers don’t pay better when professional athletes are paid obnoxious sums of money to play a child’s game. At the same time, people are paid what the market says they are worth. Professional athletes are able to make that much money because they generate a lot of money for their sports teams and the league as a whole. Therefore, it is important to take a closer look at the factors that influence how much money a professional athlete is paid. When it comes to picking sports games, it is important to understand who was on the team. How do sports teams decide how much they should pay a player? 

The Presence of a Salary Cap

One of the first factors that will play a role in how much money a professional athlete is paid is whether or not there is a salary cap. Some sports, such as football, have a salary cap. This means a team is only allowed to spend a certain amount of money on their players. If there is a salary cap, teams have to think carefully about how they are going to distribute their money. This made artificially deflate the amount of money that a player can get paid. The NBA actually places a maximum limit on the amount of money a player can get paid during his contract. 

On the other hand, there are other sports that do not have a salary cap. For example, professional baseball does not have a salary cap. Therefore, there is no limit regarding how much money a player can make. 

The Player’s Age

Another factor that is going to play a role in how much money a player is going to get paid is how old he is. For example, a younger player has more years in front of him. Therefore, it is possible that he was going to get paid with money. On the other hand, if a player is so young if he has a rookie entering league, then there might be a strict, regimented scale in place that will determine how much money a player will get paid. 

If a player is older, then there’s a good chance that the league is not going to believe that he has a lot of good years left in front of him. Therefore, the amount of money that he is going to get paid is going to be significantly less. 

The Quality of the Agent

Finally, the quality of the agent is also going to play a role in how much money someone is going to get paid. The better the agent is, the better the negotiating power. Even though a player may have a tremendous amount of experience on the field, there’s a good chance that he does not have a lot of experience off the field. This is one of the biggest reasons why professional athletes always hire an agent to represent them during contract negotiations. Even though the athlete is going to end up giving the agent a proportion of the contract, this is going to be worth it if the result is more pay.

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