🥇 Sportico released a survey on American sentiment toward a 2022 Beijing Olympic boycott. The result? 53% of Americans either ‘Somewhat agree’ or ‘Agree’ that the US should boycott.
Surprisingly, it wasn’t a partisan issue. Both Republicans and Democrats were over 50%.
The Mafia Pays Up
In a league emphasizing passing, young quarterbacks are getting paid big. The Buffalo Bills’ Josh Allen signed a six-year, $258 million deal, setting the benchmark for many of the NFL’s young QB’s.
Meteoric rise: The cost of a top QB has nearly doubled in just five years.
Biggest deals of 2016 and 2017:
Andrew Luck: 5-year, $123 million ($24.6m annually)
Derek Carr: 5-year, $125 million ($25m annually)
Compared to the biggest deals of 2020 and 2021:
Patrick Mahomes: 10-year, $450 million ($45m annually)
Dak Prescott: 4-year, $160 million ($40m annually)
From 2017 to 2020, the NFL salary cap rose $31 million. Two-thirds of that inflation is going to the league's highest-paid signal-callers.
Who’s next in line?
Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
And that doesn’t include second-year standouts Justin Herbert and Joe Burrow who are a year behind. Each will demand ~$40m annually.
The big picture: With more money to QB’s, teams are feeling a bit of a squeeze. The 2021 salary cap is $16 million less than 2020 (an 8% drop) due to the effects of the pandemic - meaning there is quite literally less to go around.
However, with the cap expected to rise post-pandemic and a new $110 billion media deal kicking off in 2023, the cap will likely grow over the next decade, leaving even more room for QB salaries to increase.
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We get it, the sports world is a bit slow at the moment. But that's about to change! College football, the NFL, and the Premier League return within the month.
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