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Carlos Correa, taken by Houston with the top pick in this week's amateur draft, agreed to a contract with the Astros for a signing bonus of $4.8 million on Thursday.

The deal for the 17-year-old shortstop is the first for a top pick since the new collective bargaining agreement that places restraints on spending for selections in the first 10 rounds. It is the lowest guarantee for a top selection since Kansas City gave pitcher Luke Hochevar $3.5 million in 2006.

5 million bucks to a 17 year old kid who has never played in the bigs and that is the LOWEST amount given to a guy in 6 years?  What is wrong with professional sports?

There are 9 countries in Africa with a GDP in 2011 under $700 per capita.  Another over by New Zealand.  That's 10 entire nations whose population combined that don't make as much money as Albert Pujols in a year.  We don't need need to look to the "poor" countires for problems.  America is obviously #1 on the list in GDP.  During the 2010 federal fiscal year, 20.6 million low-income children received free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program.

In 2008, 4.8 million households were eligible for food stamps, served at private organizations, etc...

In the years between 2008-2010 an estimated 85 million people struggled to find food in America on a daily basis.  A-Rod made about 66 million dollars for the Yankees during the same time.  Johnny Depp and Leo Dicaprio made over 300 million dollars combined in those 3 years!

I love sports, especially the "big 4."  I couldn't imagine life without them.  I watch highlights a couple times a day.  I watch PTI and other sports topic shows.  I watch a couple games a week, sometimes more during the playoffs.  And yet, the general concept of salaries and dollars for players angers me to no end.  There are something like 8 players in MLB who curently make over 20 million a year.  Ronaldo of Real Madrid makes 17 million a year to play soccer.  The Rangers bid 51 million JUST TO TALK to Yu Darvish.

The concept of paying athletes of major league sports (and also entertainment as a whole) hundreds of millions of dollars is disgusting.  You've got people who can hit a ball, sing a song or act in a movie and these people are making more than most countries do.  Don't get me wrong, I wish to hell I was good enough to play a sport for a living and I'd gladly take the money.  But that doesn't mean I'd deserve it and doesn't mean that the way leagues do business didn't need to change.

Why are the salaries for movie stars and athletes increasing, while most people around the world are struggling to pay their bills and keep a roof over their head?

*Edited to add:*

I am not suggesting we stop paying athletes this crazy amount of money, while keeping sports-related prices at the current levels.  Taking money out of the players' pockets and putting it into the owners' pockets does nothing to solve any problems.

Sports are big business and make big money, but they are such at the cost of Joe Blow.  All the money the business makes is off people who can't necessarily afford to fill the wallets of those involved in the sport.

I thought the problem (and point of the blog) was obvious, but I never came out and said it directly.  I figured it was "common sense."  The problem is that prices are astronomical for tickets, merchandise, etc... and guys who are in lower class or middle class shouldn't have to fill these guys' wallets.  Lower prices for the average consumer.  There is no reason for such economic inequality in a "civilized" society.

A lot of the "poor" people who struggle to find food on a daily basis still support the sporting industry.  They might have a hat or jersey.  They might watch a game on TV somewhere.  People who work 2 jobs still line up to buy a pair of $300 Jordan shoes because of the social attachment we have on brand name goods.  It's insane.

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June 8, 2012  05:02 PM ET

The Joker is behind this! No, not that weirdo HighwayCrossingFrog, the REAL Joker!

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June 8, 2012  06:19 PM ET
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This right here, blows apart everything else you've said.

I disagree. The problem isn't with the players and the money they are offered (or take). The problem is with the system that enables them to make this much money. You can't fault a guy for wanting to get as much as he can... but you can fault people for giving them that money.

June 8, 2012  06:21 PM ET
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Extremely poorly written and not well thought out blog. Perhaps Fannation's worst blog of the year.

Well if you're going to critique... at least make sure your comment has proper grammar. What, in particular, did you find so terrible?

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June 8, 2012  07:03 PM ET
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Let me rephrase then Mr. GrammarCopThis blog was poorly written, to an extreme amount. You didn't think this out, did you? It is perhaps the worst blog I've seen on Fannation this year.Your entire idea is flawed. I doubt that you've really thought out why there is so much money to be paid to the athletes. It's because sports make a lot of money. I guess you just want to put more money in ownership's pockets. Very Capitalistic of you, Mr. Canada. Complete Failure. Better luck next time.

Not a grammar cop, but if you're going to absurdly insult someone, at least make sure your comments are beyond reproach. And I say absurdly, because this is obviously nowhere near the worst blog on the site. You might not like it and it may not be good, but it is far from the worst.

This comment I've quoted at least shares WHY you think it is bad. That's helpful. But unfortunately, you make assumptions that aren't true.

Why do sports make money? Because they gouge the consumer. Ticket prices are generally ridiculous. Food/drinks at the venue are even worse. The teams come up with home jerseys, away jerseys, alternates, throwbacks, etc... all to make us buy more more more. Almost every venue out there prohibits outside food/drink, so you can't save money by bringing in your own snacks.

No... we shouldn't put more money in the ownership pockets. Ticket prices, merchandise, etc... should all be lower. Vendors shouldn't have to lug around 100lb boxes of food/drink for low wages. These people don't need to make money of John Q Public to the extent they do. That goes for guys in suits or jerseys.

Perhaps my blog is poorly worded or wasn't thought out entirely... but your comments are just assinine and make even less sense.

June 8, 2012  07:06 PM ET

And the same goes for movie stars. $10 to watch a movie? $12 for popcorn and soda? To go with my woman to the movies can cost anywhere from $20 to $50. Pay Tom Cruise and the rest of them 1/5 what they do right now and charge me only a couple bucks to see a movie.

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June 8, 2012  07:32 PM ET
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Supply and demand. Don't blame them for charging those prices, blame the idiots that justify the prices.

Very true man. Although what can "we" do as fans? For movies, we can support pirating and illegal downloads... but that might get us in trouble. It might eventually drive down the industry or revolutionize it, but at what cost and what timeline?

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June 8, 2012  08:26 PM ET
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You can't have it both ways. Either you pay the agreed upon market price, or you don't enjoy the product. Complaining while bending over won't solve anything.

Is there a way to stop paying the agreed sporting prices though, other than a boycott?

Entertainment wise, I do what I can to mitigate the cost. I download 90% of my movies and TV shows. About 95% of my music. The other 15% I pay for on "cheap night" Tuesdays on a date night or win Itunes gift cards via promotions or contests.

I've been to a couple games in the States while on vacation, but I've never even been to a Canucks game and I've lived here for 30 years of my 32 on this earth. Why? The price. I have about 9 different sports jerseys, but they've all been gifts.

June 8, 2012  09:42 PM ET
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Why do sports make money? Because they gouge the consumer. Ticket prices are generally ridiculous. Food/drinks at the venue are even worse. The teams come up with home jerseys, away jerseys, alternates, throwbacks, etc... all to make us buy more more more. Almost every venue out there prohibits outside food/drink, so you can't save money by bringing in your own snacks.No... we shouldn't put more money in the ownership pockets. Ticket prices, merchandise, etc... should all be lower.

Not technically correct. Sports don't make huge money on the stadium revenues. It's TV. BIG TIME.

Sports make money because people buy beer and cars and **** pills. People buy razors and phones and pizzas and burgers.

The BIG money is in TV contracts because networks sell ads. So every McDonald's burger or Doritos Taco shell pays to put sports on your TV and subsequently athletes on the field.

I don't feel gouged when I buy a taco. But that taco has tremendous power, and I don't mean the fire sauce.

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June 8, 2012  10:12 PM ET
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Not technically correct. Sports don't make huge money on the stadium revenues. It's TV. BIG TIME.Sports make money because people buy beer and cars and **** pills. People buy razors and phones and pizzas and burgers.The BIG money is in TV contracts because networks sell ads. So every McDonald's burger or Doritos Taco shell pays to put sports on your TV and subsequently athletes on the field. I don't feel gouged when I buy a taco. But that taco has tremendous power, and I don't mean the fire sauce.

Point well taken. The Rangers deal recently is one we're probably all familair with.

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