Athlete compensation

FILE - In this June 13, 2018, file photo, Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles. Teams trying to make a push for the postseason are always looking to add new arms. There's some big names available on the trade market who can make a difference in the starting rotation or bullpen. Hamels has a career-worst 4.36 ERA and he's already allowed 21 homers but he's a proven lefty who could benefit from pitching away from a hitter-friendly ballpark. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
July 18, 2018 - 8:00 am
From aces to closers, pitchers will be on the move this month. Teams trying to make a push for the postseason are always looking to add new arms. There are some big names available on the trade market who can make a difference in the starting rotation or bullpen. Here are 10 pitchers — five...
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FILE - In this Dec. 24, 2017, file photo, San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold, from bottom left, kneels with safety Eric Reid, wide receiver Marquise Goodwin and wide receiver Louis Murphy during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Santa Clara, Calif. The NFL Players Association filed a grievance with the league challenging its national anthem policy. The union says that the new policy, which the league imposed without consultation with the NFLPA, is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on player rights. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
July 10, 2018 - 10:41 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL Players Association filed a grievance with the league on Tuesday challenging its national anthem policy. The union says that the new policy, which the league imposed without consultation with the NFLPA, is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes...
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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2015, file photo, New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia catches a ball during spring training baseball practice in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Mejia has been granted conditional reinstatement from his lifetime drug suspension and could return for the 2019 season. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
July 06, 2018 - 4:46 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Jenrry Mejia will get another opportunity to pitch in the major leagues. Nearly 2½ years after becoming the first player to receive a lifetime suspension under Major League Baseball's drug program, the New York Mets reliever was given conditional reinstatement Friday and could...
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FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2012, file photo, Philadelphia Flyers' James van Riemsdyk (21), left, and Scott Hartnell (19) celebrate after van Riemsdyk's go-ahead goal as Chicago Blackhawks' Brent Seabrook (7) skates by in the third period of an NHL hockey game, in Philadelphia. Several players are returning to old teams and comfortable situations _ from James van Riemsdyk going back to Philadelphia on the second-richest July 1 deal to Matt Cullen taking a significant pay cut to rejoin the Pittsburgh Penguins he helped win the Stanley Cup twice. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
July 01, 2018 - 5:42 pm
John Tavares isn't the only free agent going back to a familiar place. Several players are returning to their former teams and comfortable situations — from James van Riemsdyk going back to Philadelphia on the second-richest July 1 deal to Matt Cullen taking a significant pay cut to rejoin the...
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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2017, file photo, New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) celebrates his goal against the Detroit Red Wings in the third period of an NHL hockey game, in Detroit. Superstar center John Tavares is going home, agreeing to terms on a $77 million, seven-year contract with his childhood team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tavares announced his intentions on Twitter on Sunday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
July 01, 2018 - 1:58 pm
John Tavares needed to post only one picture on his Twitter account to explain the grip the Maple Leafs have had on him since he was a youngster growing up in suburban Toronto. The photo featured a young Tavares in bed, fast asleep on a pillowcase and under a blanket adorned with Maple Leafs logos...
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FLE - In this March 19, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James flexes his arm after making a basket and drawing a foul call against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. The superstar declined his $35.6 million contract option on Friday, June 29, 2018, with Cleveland and will become a free agent. The four-time MVP could re-sign with his hometown Cavaliers, or go in a completely direction. What he decides in the next few days could re-shape the NBA landscape. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
July 01, 2018 - 12:15 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — Before any decision, LeBron James had a discussion with the Cavaliers. James was in contact with the team when NBA free agency opened on Sunday, a person familiar with the contact told The Associated Press. Shortly after the 12:01 EDT a.m. start, Cavs general manager Koby Altman...
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FILE - In this Saturday, March 31, 2018 file photo, New York Islanders center John Tavares skates against the New Jersey Devils during the first period of an NHL hockey game, in Newark, N.J. The NHL’s best rarely make it to free agency. Teams tend to re-sign their top players, keeping them off the market and on their rosters. That leaves a slew of solid veterans and journeymen available to the highest bidders trying to find a forward to play on a second or third line, a defenseman to be in a second pairing or perhaps a backup goaltender.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
June 30, 2018 - 11:33 pm
On the eve of free agency, John Tavares is leaving the NHL guessing about his destination. With less than 12 hours until the market opens, the elite center had not chosen between six suitors, with the San Jose Sharks, hometown Toronto Maple Leafs and incumbent New York Islanders considered the most...
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