The AJ-C decides to indulge in a little salary bashing with this Steve Hummer piece featuring Andrew Zimbalist. I don’t know what it is about how the laws of the market should somehow miraculously disappear when it comes to paying coaches, but these guys obviously believe they should.
… How much, then, is too much?
A thorny question, both practically and ethically.
Free marketers always will suggest that competition for talent drives the process.
That, of course, is the view within the coaching ranks, but it also can be heard out there in academia.
According to state figures, the highest-paid professor at Georgia Tech makes $385,000. At Georgia, the top pay is $271,000. That’s the peak. The average, obviously, is less. And aren’t professors the ones who really define the mission of a university?
Steve, ol’ buddy, when a professor can command a $100 a plate ticket, that’s when you’ll start to see salaries match up.
People don’t pay for “missions”. If they did, sports writers would be paid more for what they write, since that’s the mission of a newspaper’s sports page.
“It comes down to, what is the value system of the culture?” Curry said. “In the value system of this culture, a coach who can go into a high-pressure situation and win big is worth a certain amount of money. If the value system were different, if it were predicated on accomplishment in academics or in social action or other important things, it would be a different system, obviously.”
Curry continued, “People who think coaches and [professional] players are overpaid, they’re in complete control in a free market and they always have been. All they have to do is not go to the games and turn off the television. [Salaries] will go down, that’s just a fact of life. Pay will drop drastically if you keep not watching.”
When Bill Curry winds up as your voice of reason, it’s time to change the subject.