Show Them the Money

Then show them the jet, the suite and the lackeys. Stars' demands are setting records for arrogance

The argument in explaining to people who actually work for a living why an athlete (or CEO or movie star or TV weatherman) is paid a Dom-Perignon-and-beluga salary for, basically, enjoying himself goes like this: What the market will bear is fair.

Some famous athletes are not only testing the market just now, they're also testing the argument--and our patience. Tiger wants more out of golf: more money, more power. Venus and Serena want more out of tennis. Manny wants more than $17 million a year to play baseball. A-Rod wants more than Manny, and he wants personal lackeys too--presumably to...

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