The incredible contract figures being handed out in the early stages of the NBA offseason have been the talk of the sporting world, and understandably so.
One of the more interesting discussions to arise as a result of the big-money paydays is a cross-sport comparison of salaries between basketball and football.
James Harden‘s reported record-breaking extension of $228 million over the next six seasons, for example, comes with an annual average of $38 million that blows any and all quarterback deals out of the water.
Suffice to say, players in the world’s most profitable sports league are taking notice.
Free-agent defensive lineman Terrance Knighton spent some time on Twitter on Saturday in making the case for NFL stars to paid more than their NBA counterparts.
Beyond simply gauging performance and value, there are actually plenty of sensible reasons why NBA players are getting far more significant – and fully guaranteed – contracts despite the NFL’s commanding advantage in revenue. The most obvious of which is the staggering difference in roster size.
As Knighton points out, though, this is certainly the kind of discussion the NFLPA could bring to the bargaining table in the next CBA negotiations.
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