It is no surprise that all professional athletes in professional leagues have the goal to win the championship after every season. Lately, within the past several years it has becoming a more common trend. As leagues become more versatile players are becoming more demanding. Athletes will do almost anything to get a championship ring. One of these decisions that have been made by these athletes are pay cuts. Pay cuts is simply what it sounds like, the act of taking less money to stay, join, encourage another player to leave or encourage them to stay on a particular team.
There are many professional athletes through the big four sports who have made the decision to accept a pay cut. Athletes all the way from Tom Brady, Udonis Haslem, Jerome Bettis and according to the article “athletes who took major pay cuts for their teams,” Dwayne Wade as the number one highest pay cut of $18 million. This decision was made by Wade to satisfy the needs of fellow teammates Lebron James and Chris Bosh to join the Miami Heat and create the “Big Three” in hopes of winning many Championships for the Heat.
Now we must ask ourselves are pay cuts a good or bad thing? Taking less is a message that should resonate with every athlete in professional sports today. It should not be about the money within professional sport for these athletes. It should about your love for the sport and the loyalty you have to your team.
Money does not make you a better athlete within professional sport. It does not even matter, what matters is your performance and the chemistry you bring to your team to be the best asset you can be to them.