Friday, April 24, 2009

Under The Category Of 'Wishful Thinking'

Isiah Thomas's contract with FIU includes a $100,000 bonus for winning the National Title. In other news, he earns a $250,000 bonus if he cures cancer, and another $400,000 if he finds experimental evidence for String Theory.

In all seriousness, I don't recall normally seeing a contract so spelled out. Every single tiny clause has been made public, including the number of free tickets he's allowed per game and his 'total meal allowance'. Looking through it, though, it's pretty clear that the Thomas signing was all about what we thought it was - a small program trying to make a splash. Most of the Thomas's money is going to come from endorsements, ticket sales and concession sales. And have no doubt: FIU will have an attendance spike next season.

I've already given my thoughts on the Thomas signing here, so I won't rehash those issues. I'm just passing along the story.


NJ1 said...

I'm curious about one thing--

You provide no citations or credible sources to back up your speculation and hearsay.

And yet, when others dispute your (frankly, outlandish and baseless) claims, you demand that they cite sources to prove you wrong?

Rumor is as rumor does. At least with the opposing viewpoint there is strength in numbers.

NJ1 said...

oops, that was supposed to be under the "memphis players on the move" entry, sorry I misplaced it.

Jeff said...

A rumor must be true if more people believe it than don't believe it? This has to be the first time I've ever heard "strength in numbers" used as an argument.

I treat Memphis the same way I treat every other team: I'm not going to take into account any recruit unless that recruit has made at the very least a verbal commitment. People are coming on here and acting as if some of these recruits are as good as signed. Well when they sign, then they sign. Until then it's a rumor, so I'm not going to move them around in the BP65 because a bunch of Memphis fans say I should.

Again, talk and speculation mean nothing. When there are facts then I will take them into account.