Pay Your People Like Eagles QB Mike Vick

By Kevin on September 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

My new article on explores the idea of variable pay, and how it just might solve our unemployment crisis:

Many professional athletes have incentive-laden contracts based on performance.

Last month, NFL quarterback Michael Vick signed a new $100 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, making him one of the highest paid athletes in football. When the contract amount was announced, it was not immediately apparent (unless you dug a little deeper) that only $40 million is actually guaranteed. This “base pay” is only 40% of the compensation package, leaving 60% at risk, based on performance. In even simpler terms: for every $1 of base pay Vick can earn an extra $1.50 based on results.

Click here to read the full article on Fast Company.


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