Ingles shares his thoughts on AFL players' wages being made public

SEN - Fri, 24th May 2019 - 0 Comments

The wages of players in most North American sports, including the NBA, are easily accessibly to the public, and have been for some time.

It's a different kettle of fish for AFL players; however, calls for their salaries to be made public have become louder in recent times.

Late last year, SEN Breakfast co-host Garry Lyon, said: “I think player wages should be made public.”

Lyon reckons that if we knew how much players were earning, it would assist fans when grading clubs in terms of player trades.

And just three months ago, SEN SA Breakfast co-host Kane Cornes said: “Player wages must become public knowledge. In the new landscape of AFL contracts, transparency in the deals prevents different media outlets from reporting falsified numbers."

NBA star Joe Ingles, whose salary can be found at the click of a button, joined SEN SA's Dwayne World on Thursday, and said having everyone know how much money you earn isn't a big deal.

“I don't think they (players) should be afraid of it. Obviously for me and the league I play in, it was that way long before I got there. For me, it is what it is, you're not going to be able to change it and you just embrace it," said Ingles, who plays for the Utah Jazz.

“I think the only thing that's different over here (Australia) is that it's never been done, it's never been that public that you can go to one website and you can find out exactly what someone's earning.

“A few of the young boys might be a bit of afraid of people knowing what they really earn instead of what they tell people they earn.

“But it is what it is, if the AFL decides to do that, you just kind of let it go, there's nothing you can do about it."

During last year's Trade period, AFL Players’ Association Paul Marsh CEO acknowledged the players’ concerns over potential mental health ramifications, but said having players' wages made public would benefit them financially.

Asked whether having your salary made public comes increases your accountability, Ingles said: “Yeah, definitely.

“Even some of the guys recently in the AFL… it's not an exact number, but I think they have an idea what guys are signing for when it's those, five, six, seven-year deals and you know it's for $1 million or $1.2 million or whatever it is. I think a bit of pressure does come with that… if you're up there with the highest-paid players in the league, you're expected to perform.

“It's no different for us, we have guys… one of my teammates making $22 or $24 million a year; I expect him to perform.

“For me personally, it's never been an issue, I'm not going to change the way I play, I'm not going to change the way I approach the game, it hasn't changed my love for the game just because I make more money than what I have in the previous year in my career."