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Old 05-29-04, 01:17 AM
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who are the cheapest starting pro athletes?

would be too easy if you break down and go with bowling and table tennis

lets stick to the big 4 sports.. Baseball, Basketball, Football, and Hockey..

what are the league minimums

and which starters are making the *least* amount of money

Im just curious how many *starters* are working for the minimum
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Old 05-29-04, 02:11 AM
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Aren't Gary Payton and Karl Malone working for the league minimum?
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Marquis Daniels who started for the Mavs is making NBA diddly squat because he signed a 2nd rounder rookie contract. I heard that it was something around $387K
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Old 05-29-04, 03:24 AM
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Clinton Portis had 1600 yards and 14 TDs last year. I think he was making less than $350K.
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Old 05-29-04, 03:03 PM
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He's not making the minimum, but Tommy Maddox was only making 700K last year as a starter for the Steelers. Only about 2-1/2 million less than his back-up.
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Originally posted by reservoirdog
Aren't Gary Payton and Karl Malone working for the league minimum?
They're making the verteran minimum. They came cheap.

Alfonso Soriano is making 800k this year.

The three big A's starters aren't making as much money as they should be.
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Old 05-29-04, 04:28 PM
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Originally posted by reservoirdog
Aren't Gary Payton and Karl Malone working for the league minimum?
No, Payton makes $4.9 million this year and has an option for $5.4 million next year. He pretty much makes what he ought to be making. There's been talk about whether the Lakers would be better off if he did not pick up the option for next year.
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Old 05-30-04, 01:07 PM
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And I believe Karl Malone is playing for the veteran's exception -- something like $1 million per year. Definitely not the league minimum.
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I think portis has to be the winner of best player with lowest price tag.
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Old 05-30-04, 04:36 PM
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Originally posted by Joeboo835
I think portis has to be the winner of best player with lowest price tag.
Not anymore with his new contract. There are a number of players make under a million and doing well in baseball, but they're all young guys. Adam Dunn is one of the better ones, but I don't remember all the figures
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Originally posted by Jericho
Not anymore with his new contract. There are a number of players make under a million and doing well in baseball, but they're all young guys. Adam Dunn is one of the better ones, but I don't remember all the figures
With the NFL, I think you have to go by last years numbers because thats when Portis played last. Even though Portis signed a new deal, he hasnt played under it yet. So I think Portis wins is the winner.


Also Portis missed a few games and still managed to rack up 1600 yards.
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I was reading an article in a recent SportingNews and it was about "bargain" players. Tony Womack of the Cards headed the list, only making $1 million in 2004 compaired to a 3-year, $18 million contract.
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Originally posted by chrisih8u
With the NFL, I think you have to go by last years numbers because thats when Portis played last. Even though Portis signed a new deal, he hasnt played under it yet. So I think Portis wins is the winner.


Also Portis missed a few games and still managed to rack up 1600 yards.
Ahh, but he's already been paid $17 million on that new contract, so he may not play under the new deal but he's gotten paid under it (although I think only about $13 million of it was immediate payment)
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Originally posted by Jericho
Ahh, but he's already been paid $17 million on that new contract, so he may not play under the new deal but he's gotten paid under it (although I think only about $13 million of it was immediate payment)
He got the money from the new deal, but he hasnt played under the new deal. For fairness in the thread topic, I think NFL players should be judged from last years salary and productivity because they havent played this year. So I think Clinton Portis is the best example for this thread.
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