On this edition of The Versus Podcast, we have a conversation about Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas and their contract negotiations with their respective teams. How do two players magically end up with nearly identical contracts and signing bonuses? Maybe it's because owners, general managers and agents collude with one another? (Yes.) Is that fair? (No.) What can players do to protect themselves in these situations? (Leverage, negotiate and pray.)
Also, we have a candid conversation about the current state of Major League Baseball and the San Francisco 49ers.
- After an awesome Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati, how does MLB keep things rolling through the rest of the season? Can baseball keep fans attention? Did you know the Houston Astros were in the AL West? (Jokes...kinda.)
- With 49ers retiring left and right, are there psychological factors happening in the locker room that we don't know about? Will this happen more often on other teams and leagues? We discuss.
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Eddie Maisonet is the founder and editor emeritus of The Sports Fan Journal. Currently, he serves as an associate editor for ESPN.com. He is an unabashed Russell Westbrook and Barry Switzer apologist, owns over 100 fitteds and snapbacks, and lives by Reggie Jackson’s famous quote, “I am the straw that stirs the drink.”