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Published on January 18, 2014 3:54 PM by dbo.
In this op-ed column widely picked up last week, Rob Vanstone lays out the argument that CFL players are deserving of a raise. This is obvious to anyone when comparing salaries to other professional sports. While Vanstone hopes the stars and “even the less-heralded grunters” receive increases, his focus is on the highest paid players in the league.
He lists off the stars that we pay to watch — “Durant, Sheets, Weston Dressler, John Chick, Travis Lulay, J.C. Sherritt, Jon Cornish, Ricky Ray, Chad Owens, et al.”, only one of which, Sheets, who has a salary anyway near the current league minimum. Sheets, like most unproven players, signed a standard 1 year + option year contract for his position. This is the affect of supply and demand, option year contracts, and import players that have aspirations in other leagues. Become a star in this league and you will get your reward after your first contract if you stick around dependent on the talent supply at your position. No, it won’t be millions of dollars.
Stars are not made on signing day. Talent comes into the league at lower salaries in their initial contracts until they prove themselves playing a different game. Raising that minimum salary for roster and practice roster players will do more to attract new talent than increasing the salaries of the stars so they can be more comfortable beside their hockey brethren.
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