To create a more authentic athlete 'stock,' we need to shift toward a model that factors in an athlete's entire career, including post-retirement ventures.
The average sports fan easily spends over $625 yearly on their favorite athlete. For LeBron James, who boasts over 150 Million instagram followers, this audience alone has a valuation of nearly $100 Billion Dollars which is mostly unaccounted for and unable to be captured by LeBron.
Global footballers make more money, command larger audiences, play twice as long, have more options, and are turning pro at the age of 13, maximizing their value while capitalizing on their earning window opening on a global market. American youth's have been tricked into believing that American football is their best option.
The Paul brothers and Floyd Mayweather have it all figured out, competition and purity are rules that only the pawns play by while everyone else is getting rich.
Is it a small market tax or a big market boost? Should athletes choose to compete in a crowded pond or aim to be the big fish?
If Michael Jordan played today until the age of 40, he'd be an actively playing multi-billionaire athlete-owner-investor with a net-worth surpassing $4 Billion.
Privileged children often find themselves in the best seats, showered with autographed jerseys and pictures with sports stars and celebrities. Is it fair?
Lane Kiffin was being paid millions after his firing from Alabama, and Colorado could somehow afford Deion Sanders' huge contract, despite not having the money for him to coach the athletes they refuse to pay?
Fossil Fuel fortunes aren't going to last forever.
Dennis Rodman's influence in North Korea rivals that of US diplomacy.
How much is winning Wimbledon worth for Carlos Alcaraz Garfia?
There are possibly less than 20k economically viable paid professional athletes in the world, essentially making each one a Unicorn.
Michael Jordan is getting robbed of Billions, and isn't getting anywhere close to his fair market value.
Winning games on easy mode isn't worthy of praise, while playing on hard mode gets you paid. The solution to Affirmative Action is to respect the level of difficulty, not just the test scores.
Is cheating truly winning, and does it matter as long as the goal is getting paid?
If history tells us anything, it's that he's going to highly regret this decision.
With the future face of the league Victor Wembanyama potentially being selected by a team in the lottery with one of the worst historical winning percentages of all time, least amount of playoff victories, no championships, lowest attendance, and in a small market may be cause for pulling the fire alarm.
Nothing is going to $top Adidas from one last hookup with their toxic ex. #FREEYEEZY
True status extends far beyond symbols of wealth, athletes must prioritize protecting and building their generational wealth opportunity.
The NCAA has no incentive to offer or pursue payment for student athletes; it goes against their own interests. It's comparable to an attorney actively seeking jail time for their client, which is the prosecutor's role. The NCAA's role is to uphold the current model that pays them billions.