Sport and Taxes
While reading Jerry Kirshenbaum's article about the impact of President Clinton's economic proposals on sports figures (Running Up the Tab, March 1), I found it difficult to feel sorry for well-paid athletes or club owners. With salaries for NHL and NBA players averaging $400,000 and $1.2 million a year, respectively, pro athletes should not find it difficult to carry the additional tax burden. Bravo to Terry Porter of the Trail Blazers, who stated that most players would be willing to pay extra taxes if it helps the country. Players and profitable clubs can both well afford to pay their fair share; those clubs that lose money don't have to worry about increased taxes.
RICHARD D. WOODS
In a time when high school sports programs face cutbacks due to budget woes. I am sick of hearing the spoiled princelings of professional sports snivel about money. How many of these guys received subsidized college educations that led to their big-money contracts? I have little sympathy for them or for agents such as Leigh Steinberg, whose primary concerns are their own pocketbooks. Wake up, guys: If you benefit from society, is it too much to ask that you put something back?
To the list of 28 questions to be answered in spring training (Can Bo Go? March 1) I would like to add number 29: What is Bo Jackson doing with an aluminum bat? In the photo on pages 12-13, it looks as though he is using a Louisville Slugger TPS Rick Wheeler softball bat. Is major league baseball making the transition from wood to aluminum, or is this a spring training thing?
?Bo is using a Louisville Slugger aluminum fungo bat, model TPXF. The photo was taken during drills early in spring training, before games were scheduled.—ED.