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NBA superstar worth $50M a year, Kobe worth $70M

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08:09 AM ET 09.30 | Just how much is a superstar in basketball worth? Let owners bid on the true value the elite stars bring to a franchise, to the league, and [Dwyane Wade] was asked where he believes the bidding would rise per season? "I'm sure it would get to $50 million," Wade told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday afternoon. He's right, and there's still a compelling case that it wouldn't properly compensate what a Kobe Bryant, a LeBron James, even means far beyond his own team. Privately, Jerry Buss has told people that Bryant -- who will make a league-high $25 million this season under his current contract terms -- is worth perhaps $70 million a year to the Los Angeles Lakers.

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September 30, 2011  08:23 AM ET

They ain't worth $h|t if they don't have a league to play in. Actors are useless without a stage, director and supporting cast.

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September 30, 2011  08:30 AM ET
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And so who is losing more money now? The owners will always be there even for decades but superstar players will have to end their playing career sooner or later. This why the players need the owner more than the owners needing the star players. Players are replaceable and owners are hard to replace.

It's even simpler than that. Billionaires are richer the millionaires. Game, set, and match!

September 30, 2011  08:30 AM ET

Not everyone brings in more than they cost, Bros.

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September 30, 2011  08:31 AM ET
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They ain't worth $h|t if they don't have a league to play in. Actors are useless without a stage, director and supporting cast.

good point

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September 30, 2011  08:41 AM ET

Greed kills sports.

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September 30, 2011  09:30 AM ET

Now that's a lot of pennies in someones piggy bank!! And why are we having a lockout again?

September 30, 2011  09:35 AM ET

This lockout isnt going to last long bc the players arent the brightest ppl in the world.


What is going to happen is that the owners are going to get the players to agree to 3-4 year contracts, some form of lower pay structure to keeping their own players, more rules that will make it harder to go over the flexible salary cap, and the same revenue sharing they get now but they wont install a hard cap.

The owners I think never wanted a hard cap. They just was using it as a bargaining chip.

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September 30, 2011  10:11 AM ET
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The owners will tell ya that they are losing money and a lotta you cats believe them with your ignorant post.

I know, some of us believe some independent magazines like Forbes who claim it's worse than they are saying. You are easily the dumbest person in the history of this site.

September 30, 2011  10:24 AM ET
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I know, some of us believe some independent magazines like Forbes who claim it's worse than they are saying. You are easily the dumbest person in the history of this site.

BOOOMMMM POOOWWWW!!!!

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September 30, 2011  10:47 AM ET
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The owners will tell ya that they are losing money and a lotta you cats believe them with your ignorant post.

Exactly. The owners can always count on the jealously of fans. To side with them. While the owners pay their workers minimum wage in the stadiums, and refuse to extend them any benefits. For a lockout they created.

But hey. Blame the players. Makes me feel better about earning 25k this year.

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