Somebody fix my thinking/logic, please.
82 games and $5M/year = $60,975/game. So the guy is making $5M which kinda sorta translates to a 20 minute/game kind of guy. Divide the $60K by the 20 minutes and you get $3K per minute. That's some pretty good $$$. knock it down to $1M/year...$12,200/game and those guys are only playing maybe 8 minutes a game = $1525/minute. Remember that's based on playing 82 games...very few play the whole schedule due to injuries, family stuff, etc. I've been in the workorce pushing 50 years and I'll never see 1 year of that kind of money.
Now, I understand these guys are the best of the best...they have a short career...call it 10 years and they did not always make $5M...they had to pay their dues...and they have to be in shape...they gotta go thru training camp...they gotta travel for 1/2 the games...they're away from home and family...they make the playoffs and they're away from home and family even more...they get injured...they gotta deal with jerks like me questioning their money...and lotsa other stuff. BUT!!! Who of you out there would not take that deal. Pro athletes make a LOT of money.
Finally the question...if I'm in the last year of my contract at $5M/year and we win the Cup/Holy Grail am I gonna go into UFA with eyes n a $7M/year contract o a team that just aint there as a contender or shall I stay with the team that won me a championship fo a little less money? My point is, how much is enough? Reckon you could retire on $5M in the bank and still have a comfortable lifestyle?