Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


January 26, 2014

In Your View


ASHLAND — Kershaw’s deal called unrealistic

After reading an article in your paper the other day about Dodgers’ pitcher Clayton Kershaw being signed to a seven-year baseball contract, reportedly worth a total of $215 million, I had to sit down for a moment and ponder this item of news.  First, I’m not here to belittle Mr. Kershaw or his right to receive such a free-market value for his services. 

What I wish to discuss for a moment is how skewed I believe that the thinking and reasoning of Major League Sports’ management has become when it puts such an enormously high value on winning games. I stress “games.” Baseball, football, basketball, soccer, hockey — they’re just games played by humans for entertainment to a collective body of fans in reality.  None of it is truly a life-and-death scenario.  Yet, the game(s) have taken on an unrealistic monetary value that only a hand full of individuals benefit financially from.

Mr. Kershaw will average (based on previous statistics for him) $8,676.35 per pitch that he will throw in an average year.  Mr. Kershaw will earn an average of $930,735.93 for each game he starts.  He will get paid $13,030,303.02 for winning an average of 14 games.  And he will receive $8,376,623.37 for losing an average of 9 games. He has won 62 percent of his major league games that he has played in. He has never won a World Series.  

Seriously, is there anyone else who finds major league sports losing its perspective on life? How much does the average sanitation worker make in a year for keeping your garbage picked up?  Do we really care about perspective?  Probably not.   

David A. Lynch, Ashland

A question on Obamacare

What will happen to newly insured people in Kentucky if Obamacare is repealed?

Lise Molberg, Ashland

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