Athlete compensation

Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts hits a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning in Game 1 of the baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
October 20, 2020 - 9:09 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mookie Betts slid headfirst across home plate, then popped up and did a double pump with his right fist. An inning later, he got to trot around the bases after going deep. That big commitment to Betts is already paying off for the Los Angeles Dodgers this postseason. After...
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Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred poses with fans before Game 1 of a baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. Manfred said he hopes to keep two of this year's innovations: expanded playoffs and starting extra innings with runners on second base. (AP Photo/Ron Blum
October 20, 2020 - 5:06 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ahead of a World Series capping the pandemic-shortened season, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he hopes to keep two of this year’s innovations: expanded playoffs and starting extra innings with runners on second base. “People were wildly unenthusiastic about the...
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FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2020, file photo, St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo plays against the Nashville Predators in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Nashville, Tenn. The Vegas Golden Knights have agreed to terms on a $61.6 million, seven-year contract with top free agent Pietrangelo, a person with direct knowledge of the move tells The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
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October 12, 2020 - 7:47 pm
Alex Pietrangelo is Vegas bound, and the Golden Knights are shuffling the deck to fit him in. Pietrangelo signed a $61.6 million, seven-year deal with Vegas on Monday that carries an $8.8 million annual salary cap hit through 2027. It's the fifth-biggest cap hit for a defenseman in the NHL. Adding...
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi walks during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)
October 11, 2020 - 6:20 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Hobbled by crises on the field and among its fed-up club members, Barcelona never waivered in its commitment to Lionel Messi despite mounting financial struggles brought on by the pandemic-induced global economic slowdown. A drop in revenues has forced Barcelona to jettison...
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FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2020, file photo, Arizona Coyotes left wing Taylor Hall (91) is shown during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders, in Glendale, Ariz. The NHL is embarking on a free agent period like never before in hockey history. Defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and Torey Krug and winger Taylor Hall headline a talented free agent class. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
October 10, 2020 - 4:51 pm
Taylor Hall went unsigned during the first day of free agency. Same with Alex Pietrangelo and Mike Hoffman. A handful of the top free agents are still available, but NHL teams aren't waiting for those big fish to sign to make other moves. Boston paused its pursuit of Hall to sign big winger Craig...
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Tampa Bay Rays' Michael Brosseau (43) celebrates after hitting a solo home run during the eighth inning in Game 5 of the baseball team's AL Division Series against the New York Yankees, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
October 10, 2020 - 4:06 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Managed by universally acclaimed good guy Dusty Baker, the Houston Astros remain villains in many people’s eyes for their sign-stealing scandal three years ago. The Tampa Bay Rays, meanwhile, are a fun-loving bunch that makes the most of their small payroll, including the best...
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FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2019, file photo, Vegas Golden Knights' Paul Stastny skates during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues in St. Louis. Stastny is returning to the Winnipeg Jets after being acquired in a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights in a move completed hours before the NHL’s free-agency signing period opened on Friday, Oct. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
October 09, 2020 - 8:13 pm
It didn’t take long for the bubble to begin bursting on the Tampa Bay Lightning's Stanley Cup party. The effects of a flat salary cap took its toll on the Lightning less than two weeks after winning their second Stanley Cup. Tampa Bay bid farewell to defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who signed with...
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Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (30) stands on the ice during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in Washington. The Penguins got the action started on the second day of the NHL draft by trading goaltender Matt Murray to the Ottawa Senators. Pittsburgh got a second-round pick, 52nd overall, and forward prospect Jonathan Gruden for Murray. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
October 07, 2020 - 12:34 pm
Two Stanley Cup-winning players were on the move Wednesday before even 10 players had been selected on the second day of the NHL draft. Trade action heated up early with the Pittsburgh Penguins dealing goaltender Matt Murray to the Ottawa Senators and the Nashville Predators continuing to shed...
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October 05, 2020 - 2:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is allowing a class-action lawsuit to proceed from minor league baseball players who allege they are being paid less than minimum wage. The lawsuit involves minor league players in Arizona, California and Florida. The justices offered no comment Monday in...
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FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2020, file photo, the puck hits the post as Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner watches during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Western Conference final against the Dallas Stars in Edmonton, Alberta. The Golden Knights have re-signed Lehner to a $25 million, five-year contract that carries a $5 million annual salary cap hit. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
October 03, 2020 - 1:21 pm
Lennox Lehner is almost 6 years old and already has five hockey jerseys because his father has bounced around the NHL so much. He won't have to add another to his collection, and Robin Lehner will get to keep putting on Vegas Golden Knights jerseys. "It couldn’t be a better fit," Robin said. Lehner...
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