Don't you love when athletes say it isn't about the money? I sure do.
A few years back, I read an article by Rick Reilly (when he was still with Sports Illustrated and still my favorite writer) detailing just how insane Latrell Sprewell was/is. The column basically poked fun at Spre for his ridiculous choice of words when asked about his contract with the Timberwolves: "I got kids to feed."
What? Spre, the contract was worth over 13 million dollars. What are you feeding your kids? A beluga whale? Still probably have left over cash to get them an elephant while you're at it.
Point is, every athlete absolutely is about the money. Why would someone work for less if they could get more?
Sure Peyton Manning would love to stay a Colt, but when Jim Irsay says, one day before owing Manning nearly 2 mil, "This isn't about the money." I think it's time to move on. Not because of the money though I'm sure.
Look, when you aren't wanted somewhere or you don't want to be where you are, it's absolutely fine to leave. Do what's best for you and the ones you love, not those who make money off of you.
While not doubling on my statement above, you obviously don't bite the hand that feeds you. But again, who wouldn't try and find the cap room for Peyton manning when they need a quarterback? It's a business decision and a good one. You'll see those dollars back in ticket sales and jerseys alone.
If it's not about the money, why do players get paid so much any way? because they do what we all cannot? Because they are entertaining and offer us an escape form our daily lives where we feel underpaid for jobs many of them could not do?
Maybe it's a combination of those things and more, but the bottom line is, everything is always about the money.
Except me of course. I'm in it for the love of the game.
P.S. And to sum up anything you missed above: