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Congress takes aim at wage gap among professional athletes

Robert Leveille

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Over the weekend, Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont introduced a bill to close the wage gap amongst professional athletes. The law is titled SB 451, the Equal Pay for All Players Act. Warren and Sanders co-authored the bill and are determined to bring one of America’s most important is¬sues into the spotlight. “Salaries in professional sports are completely unfair. Rookies in the National Foot¬ball League make less than a million dollars a year, while some players make tens of millions. Teams are given an allowance of over $150 million a year to spend on their players. That balance should be spread out evenly between the team,” Warren said. She went on to explain that players put in the same amount of work despite where they fall on the roster or what position they play. “A second string quarter¬back may hold a clipboard on Sunday, but he puts just as much effort in at practice. If the starting quarterback is injured, he’s required to fill in… he should make just as much money as the starting player,” Warren said. Sanders echoed Warren’s statements. “There is no reason an athlete can show up every day for practice, show up to every game and be paid less than other players on the roster,” Sanders said. “Conservatives will talk about production, and job titles, but those things are irrelevant. There is no ‘i’ in team. Everyone on a team’s roster should receive their fair share of the profits the team brings in,” he said. He went a step further than Warren, claiming every American is entitled to entertainment in this country, and that there is no reason other than greed from big banks that people can’t attend sporting events for free. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is opposed to the bill. “If we are not careful with these sorts of laws we could force sports teams to downsize, some base¬ball teams might opt to replace pitchers with machines to save money,” Cruz said to the media. After hearing Cruz’s comments, Warren went on the offensive. “Starting pitchers play a fifth of the games on the schedule, yet are some of the highest paid players on the roster. There is no reason they should make so much more money than those who play the game every day,” Warren said. President Donald Trump was asked about the bill while eating a well-done steak at his Mar-a-Lago retreat. “Tom Brady and I are great, great, great friends. He sup¬ported my huge, and I mean huge, win in November,” said Trump. “I reciprocated by making sure the Federal Bureau of Investigation had every asset it needed to find his Super Bowl jersey, which had the highest ratings of any Super Bowl ever. Did you know I was interviewed during half¬time? Anyway, a Mexican had Tom’s Jersey.” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke about the bill in front of the capital building. She said “Income in¬equality is one of the biggest issues that face America, if we can fix the wage gap in professional sports, it could help persuade companies to do so in the private sector. It’s important to pass this bill to see if it works.” House Speaker Paul Ryan told the media “I do not sup¬port the bill, and I don’t know why.” Former President Barack Obama was asked what he thought about the bill. “I’ll support the bill, but I’d rather be asked questions about things outside of politics from now on. I’m retired. My sources tell me that Trump and Brady had an argument over the phone about whose wife is hotter,” he said When asked his opinion on the matter, Obama just looked at Michelle. While walking in the woods near her New York home, Secretary Hillary Clinton told a group of runners; “Russian hockey players make a lot of money in the National Hockey League.” The conversation was posted on social media.

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