Merit Pay

One of the knocks on collective bargaining is that employers should be able to pay people what they are worth.  An interesting example of this phenomenon came in the realm of professional football.  In January 2011, Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract was voided because his contract included a little-known clause allowed the team to void his contract if he didn’t achieve his not-likely-to-be-earned incentives in 2010 — and he didn’t.  One reason for his failure to earn his incentives was that he was so effective that quarterbacks would not to pass to someone near him.  Consequently, he did not have any interceptions.



3 comments so far

  1. mark hansen on

    yes, the poor overcharged owners of nfl teams barely make a profit from t.v. revenues alone.

    fortunetly they have the salary cap to keep the greedy players from wringing them dry.

    they are forced to sell tickets, parking, food, and team logoed items to be able to keep their billionaire status.

    players are “free” to bargain with any team when their “free agency” arrives.

    the only time i ever, to my knowledge, agreed with george will was when he said he was a socialist when it came to baseball, as no one ever went to a game to see the owner sit in his box.

  2. Jordan on

    I can think of another reason why the players contract went void- his race.

    It looks like Wisconsin republicans got the votes they need to move the bill
    along. It’s not looking to good for Wisconsin’s most crucial input – labor.

  3. purple on

    The NFL players union needs to play hardball. They have the top sport in the US, the networks almost depend on the NFL for survival at this point. They have no guaranteed contracts and each game is like getting into a major car wreck, the average career is 3.5 years.


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