If you want to understand what’s wrong with modern life, especially professional sport, read no further than the following headline in the London Telegraph.
Rooney ready to sign new £300k-a-week United deal
This person, who has difficulty forming a grammatically correct sentence, will paid that amount to chase a ball around a field for 90 minutes. During a game, he might or might not touch the ball. That is not a condition of the contract. At least over-paid bankers and CEOs must show up for work and put in a few more hours doing something useful, if only destroying the economy.
This has nothing to do with communism, socialism, or capitalism. This is madness. No one human is worth that much, especially when most less-fortunate humans work much harder and make a greater contribution to society.
I do not have an opinion of every imaginable subject, but I do have a view on some. One of those is remuneration of professional athletes.
I grew up in a kinder, gentler time (as seen through the eyes of a child). I lived in a wealthy (other families) suburb of Boston. Several professional athletes (Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics) lived in the town. The owner of the Red Sox lived two streets over from our house. One of the Celtics stars lived one street over. I recall seeing him cutting the grass (with a push mower) in the off-season. I have no idea whether he worked at another job, as did many professional athletes in those days. I had a friend in school, whose father was general manager of the Bruins. He told me that many players worked construction or drove a truck during the off-season, to supplement their income. Some did little more than play golf. Perhaps, they let their wives work.
I cannot imagine too many professional athletes today needing a second job or forcing their wives to work. Salaries might have been unreasonably low during my youth (and maybe not), but the pendulum has swung to the opposite extreme. Even with the argument that pros can only earn maximum salaries for a few years, I cannot imagine the need to pay multi-million dollar salaries. They have enough to put aside for retirement, as does any wise employee.
This is one more sign of the unreasonableness and folly of the US economic model...
NB. In case anyone missed earlier confessions, I am not a communist. My sign is not Taurus!
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.