Sticking with the angry mother for a moment, let’s look at that last line again. She specifically brings up how much money Can Newton makes, as if that justifies her complaint. Athletes have long dealt with the “overpaid” stigma hanging over their head. When they make a mistake, they’re told “you make millions of dollars to do one thing and you can’t get it right.”
The reality couldn’t be farther from the truth. Sticking with Cam Newton, he makes $20.76 million on average, per season. In a vacuum, that does admittedly sound like a lot to throw a ball around. But you need to take into consider what he means to the team. He’s a superstar, taking the team to 12-0 right now without anyone on offense to help him. If the Panthers didn’t pay him that much, someone else would have.
Oh, and the Carolina Panthers are worth an estimated $1 to $1.5 billion depending on your source. Even then, that’s 19th overall in the NFL, the most profitable sport in the country. To them, to the whole NFL, $20 million would be the equivalent to you or me buying a new TV. Yeah, it’s a bit pricey, but we can easily afford it and it’s a great investment.