If working smarter and not harder were a person it may just be Major League Baseball legend Ken Griffey Jr.
Mar 28, 2023
This deal has us reconsidering our day job! Arizona Cardinals superstar Kyler Murray has now joined the National Football League’s (NFL) highest-paid quarterback club with a $230.5 million deal, ESPN reports. The deal is set to run through the 2028 season and includes a guarantee of $160 million if he were to be injured. Additionally, Murray will get a $105 million advance simply for signing the agreement. Annually, he is set to receive $46.1 million, bringing him right on the heels of the highest-paid quarterback title in the NFL, which is currently held by Green Bay Packers QB, Aaron Rodgers. Trailing behind him with the largest salaries includes Cleveland Browns star Deshaun Watson, who averages $46 million per season.
Jul 23, 2022
Recently, Major League Baseball (MLB) hosted its summer All-Star weekend, and this year’s break-out star was Julio Rodriguez. Captivating the audience with his skills, his most impressive feat was the reward money associated with his participation in this year’s Home Run Derby. In fact, Rodriguez reportedly made $50,000 more in the contest as a top performer in the derby than he’s set to make during his rookie season.
Jul 22, 2022
The last time Bobby Bonilla played for the New York Mets, 9-11 hadn’t happened yet, and CitiField was known as Shea Stadium. But that hasn’t stopped the Queens-based baseball team from writing the former third baseman and right fielder a check for more than $1 million a year. To be fair, Bonilla was one of the best baseball players on the field in his prime. According to the Society for American Baseball Research, Bonilla was an All-Star six times, won the Silver Slugger Award three times, and was even named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) before he finally retired from the diamond in 2001, when he was playing for the St. Louis Cardinals (Bonilla retired from the New York Mets back in 1999). In addition, Bobby Bonilla helped the Florida Marlins win the World Series back in 1997, and had some of the highest percentages in baseball history. Let’s take a look at how, and why, Bobby Bonilla gets a check from the Mets every year. Editorial note: The net worth listed in this piece is a...
May 12, 2022
Baseball season is here, and Black baseball players are getting ready to show up and show out. The state of professional sports has been in a bit of a parlous state thanks to the pandemic, but things seem to be slowly — but surely — returning back to normal. Fans will recall that in December 2021, the MLB experienced a lockout because the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players had expired. “The Clubs and our owners fully understand just how important it is to our millions of fans that we get the game on the field as soon as possible. To that end, we want to bargain and we want a deal with the Players Association as quickly as possible,” said the league in a statement. But, fortunately, the collective bargaining finally worked, and Opening Day will officially happen on April 7. In this spirit, we decided to come up with a list of some of the highest-paid Black baseball players in the MLB.
Apr 7, 2022
In an effort to work toward closing the racial wealth gap, Major League Soccer (MLS) will participate in a first-of-its-kind deal with Black-owned banks. According to MLS Soccer, the partnership includes a $25 million loan from a syndicate of Black-owned banks and will serve as a defining moment in history because there has never been a major commercial transaction “exclusively” between Black banks and a major sports league. “Major League Soccer’s partnership with the National Black Bank Foundation is a tangible step in the efforts to close the racial economic gap in the United States, and it’s the right business decision for us,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber in an official statement. “As a league, we continue to increase our initiatives in support of racial justice. In order to make a genuine impact, economic justice must be part of the equation. This transaction with a syndicate of community-focused Black banks is an important measure, and it is our hope this will raise...
Mar 11, 2022
Basketball superstar Klay Thompson recently scored in the tech world. In a $40 million funding round led by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, the National Basketball Association (NBA) star’s Thompson Family Foundation has invested in fantasy sports startup Sleeper, reportedly quadrupling its value to more than $400 million. According to Bloomberg, the funding will be for “product development and hiring in areas including engineering, design, customer support, finance and marketing.” Joining Andreessen Horowitz and Thompson were existing backers General Catalyst and Birchmere Ventures along with angel investors that included Miami Dolphins player Byron Jones and former NBA player Shane Battier, Bloomberg reports. Sleeper’s initial focus was on the National Football League (NFL) and the NBA, but the pandemic’s impact pushed them to extend into esports as well. In addition, the startup also added college basketball this year. “Originally, the goal was to do arena sports and...
Sep 16, 2021
NBA champion and two-time league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is adding yet another sport to his repertoire with a new investment in his city’s baseball team. The Milwaukee Bucks star is said to have purchased an ownership stake in the Milwaukee Brewers, according to the MLB team, making him the first new individual investor to be added to the Brewers ownership group since 2005, ESPN reports. “We are honored to have Giannis join our team of Milwaukee Brewers investors,” Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio said in a statement. “Giannis is a great athlete, a world champion, and a true local hero with international renown.” Giannis Antetokounmpo has joined the Crew! The two-time MVP is officially part of the Milwaukee Brewers ownership team. Thank you, Giannis, for your commitment to our team and Milwaukee! @Giannis_An34 | #ThisIsMyCrew pic.twitter.com/3xRk2yNHrp — Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) August 20, 2021 Just like other athletes in their off-season, Antetokounmpo is following in...
Aug 23, 2021