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Are Talented Players Necessarily Good Investments?

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In the past ten years, we have seen a giant leap in the salaries of professional athletes. In the 60s, the baseball player had a minimum salary of $6,000, while the average league player had $19,000. Nowadays, players with a meager salary make as much as the United States President. As a result, the average for league players amount to $1.5 million.

I’m not questioning if these players deserve the salaries they get. But when it comes to spending so much money on just one player, it is important that we choose the right player. Otherwise, the team might as well throw away their money.

What type of player is a worthy investment? The player must have talent. If the professional team will be shelling out millions of dollars, the player must be able to perform. Could a player just be greatly talented and be a wise investment? Probably. Look at the list of the following players and tell me what you think.

Darryl Strawberry, Rafael Palmiero, Steven Jackson, Pacman Jones, Michael Vick, Tank Johnson and half the team of the Cincinnati Bengals.

The common thing about these athletes is that they are all very good with their respective sports. These players also had off-the-field problems one time or another. Rafael Palmiero was involved with a steroids scandal. Darryl Strawberry is a drug addict. Steven Jackson, Tank Johnson, Pacman Jones and the Bengals all have problems with the law. Each one of these players is all out of the game for long periods of time. During the time they have these kinds of problems, they are paid for doing nothing. Aside from that, these players drag the whole team down with a stained reputation. Any wise investor will tell you, that you made a bad decision if you don’t get any return on your investment so you should change your strategy.

So what was the change that the recruiters implemented? Recruiters have to look at character aside from talent. For example, take a look at Derek Jeter. On and off the field, he is a stand-out player and a stand-up person. He is worth the investment even though he earns a lot of money. If the recruiters would just focus on both character and talent then they will have better results.

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