In one of the strangest things I’ve ever heard, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers asked former starting Quarterback Stefan LaFors to take a pay cut. LaFors accepted the $60,000 drop in pay from $150,000 to $90,000 for the year. After the Bombers acquired Michael Bishop, who quickly took over the starter job as the Bombers faltered after a win in week 1, LaFors became expendable. The Blue and Gold then sat at 2 – 5 on the season.
After a Friday night tilt with the “all powerful” BC Lions in which Michael Bishop and the Bombers offense annihilated the BC Lions defence, it appears this may have been the right decision. Bishop was outstanding and it seemed like the Lions defence was on the field most of the game while Jarious Jackson had little opportunity to show his skills as a potential starter.
The Lions and Bombers are now tied for league worst at 3 -5 in the West and East respectively. However I digress, my point is, it would be fantastic if all other sports could get top players to take pay cuts for under performance. Sports in general would be better. Golf and Tennis are two great examples of the “pay for performance” model. Play well and you can make arguably more then your worth, don’t perform, don’t get paid!