Before the Boston Celtics put a surprisingly impressive smack down on the Miami Heat this week, Ray Allen pointed out that he thought Team USA participants should be paid for spending their time off overseas representing our country in the Olympic games.
After the game, Heat guard Dwyane Wade spoke his mind on the subject. He feels the same considering the timing of the games and the sacrifice the ball players have to make:
ESPN: “It’s a lot of things you do for the Olympics — a lot of jerseys you sell,” Wade said after the Heat’s practice on Wednesday in advance of Thursday’s game against Chicago. “We play the whole summer. I do think guys should be compensated. Just like I think college players should be compensated as well. Unfortunately, it’s not there. But I think it should be something, you know, there for it.”
“The biggest thing is now you get no rest,” Wade said. “So you go to the end of the season, (Team USA) training camp is two weeks later. You’re giving up a lot to do it. It’s something you want to do. But it’s taxing on your body. You’re not playing for the dollar. But it would be nice if you would get compensated.”
On one hand, these athletes really don’t need any extra money flowing in. Especially someone like Wade who’s one of the league’s highest paid players and he’s got numerous endorsement deals in the bag so why is he campaigning for extra dough?
College players, who may not even make the team, on the other hand are another story. Yet and still, even without the extra cash they’re being compensated with a free trip to another country for lifetime memories with their peers. Is that not enough?