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03-26-2005, 06:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Leaf the Lucky
I think what you fail to recognize is the amount of endorsement money available in North America in comparison to places like Russia. In addition to that, we're only talking about only the entrance contract. If they could stomach that, better times are to come.
We'll considering Ovechkin and Malkin are both from over there and that in 4 years (NHL owners proposal) of rookie restrictions they could make about 4 million with bonuses, while they could make double that in Russia, with a much lower tax rate, those endorsements will have to be huge. How many are going to get those in NA?

Don't forget with the arbitration rules the owners want these rookies still won't make huge contracts even in year 6 of their careers. After 7 or 8 years they might make what they can make in Russia.

Simple rule of business is that 2 million a year today is worth much more than 2 million a year in 5 years.

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