Should players get paid to play in Olympics?


Should players get paid to play in Olympics?

In 2008, Redeem Team helped bring world basketball bragging rights back to the homeland after failed attempts to throw NBA players on a roster with the conventional thinking that they could overwhelm organized teams with talent.

The players on that team honored a three-year commitment leading up to the 2008 games and none of them participated in the World Championship in Turkey in 2010.

Before 08, there was a problem getting the leagues best players interested in competing for gold and with a condensed season and many players from that roster set for long playoff runs, the roster for 2012s Olympic games in London might look completely different as rest will be a priority for many after their respective seasons are concluded.

As Boston Celtics Ray Allen told Fox Sports Florida, pay could be a way to entice guys to want to participate.

You talk about the patriotism that guys should want to play for, but you (need to) find a way to entice the guys, Allen said. Its not the easiest thing in the world if you play deep in the playoffs and then you get two, three weeks off and then you start training again to play more basketball where it requires you to be away from home and in another country. Its fun, but your body does need a break.

Everybody says, Play for your country. But (NBA players are) commodities, your businesses. You think about it, you do camps in the summer, you have various opportunities to make money. When you go overseas and play basketball, you lose those opportunities, what you may makeIf Im an accountant and I get outsourced by my firm, Im going to make some money somewhere else.

Allen makes a good point, especially with the toll this condensed season has already taken on a number of Olympic hopefuls for this years games in London, although its sure to be taken wrongly by many as players are already making millions and the belief that representing ones country should be done out of pride and honor, not financial gain.

The Celtics guard goes on to say that players should receive an unspecified amount from sales of the jerseys and other products that are sold with their names and likeness on it.

The U.S. Olympic Committee provides every American with 25,000 for winning a gold medal, 15,000 for silver and 10,000 for bronze.

The Olympics also allow athletes the chance to grow their own personal brands overseas, but not every player will have those marketing and branding advantages.

So, should players be paid for representing their countries?

Sports Talk Live Podcast: Are the Blackhawks buyers or sellers?


Sports Talk Live Podcast: Are the Blackhawks buyers or sellers?

Charlie Roumeliotis, Scott King, and Ben Pope join Leila on the panel.

0:00- The Blackhawks return home after two weeks on the road. Did they return to Chicago as trade deadline sellers? And what are the chances both goalies could be dealt by Monday?

12:00- Pat Boyle joins the panel. He gives his thoughts on the Blackhawks trade deadline plans.

14:30- David Ross says the Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo could hit 1-2 in the Cubs lineup in 2020. Will that solve their leadoff woes?

19:00- The Astros controversy just won't go away. The panel discusses.

21:00- The NFL reportedly wants to expand the playoffs to 14 teams and go to a 17 game regular season. Is this a good idea?

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5 Takeaways: Blackhawks give up five third-period goals in loss to Rangers

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5 Takeaways: Blackhawks give up five third-period goals in loss to Rangers

The Blackhawks lost 6-3 to the New York Rangers on Wednesday. Here are five takeaways:  

Brutal third period

After going 1-4-0 on their recent road trip, the Hawks needed a solid game to defeat the Rangers, who were in the same desperate spot they were - eight points out of the second wild card spot.

The start and resolve were there for Chicago until the third period, when after being tied 1-1, they were outscored 5-2. 

Keith 500

Duncan Keith became the seventh player in Hawks history to record 500 assists and just the second defenseman to do so. Doug Wilson had 554. 

Keith had the primary assist on Dominik Kubalik's goal at 2:29 of the second period, which tied it 1-1.

Kane keeps climbing

Patrick Kane grabbed the secondary assist on Kubalik's second period goal, tying him with Pat LaFontaine for 86th on the NHL's all-time points list with 1,013. 

Strome vs. Strome

Brothers Dylan Stome (Blackhawks center) and Ryan Strome (Rangers center) faced off on Wednesday night... Literally. The brothers took the opening faceoff against each other with Dylan winning the draw for Chicago. 

Ryan later scored on a Rangers power play at 4:01 of the third period to make it 3-1 for the Rangers. 

Man of Bread

Former Hawk Artemi Panarin scored at 9:41 of the third period, making it 5-2 in favor of New York. 

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