Professional Athlete Contracts

Why do professional athletes take part in dangerous activities and risk their lucrative careers, knowing the activity is prohibited in their contract?

Sample language from an NBA contract; from what I can see “what a reasonable person would consider substantial risk of bodily injury” is the key even if specific activities are not listed.

“The Player agrees that he will not, without the written consent of the Team, engage in any activity that a reasonable person would recognize as involving or exposing the participant to a substantial risk of bodily injury including, but not limited to: (i) sky-diving, hang gliding, snow skiing, rock or mountain climbing (as distinguished from hiking), rappelling, and bungee jumping; (ii) any fighting, boxing, or wrestling; (iii) driving or riding on a motorcycle or moped; (iv) riding in or on any motorized vehicle in any kind of race or racing contest; (v) operating an aircraft of any kind.”

B-17 Flying Fortress

One of the few remaining flying over Cheyenne today; beautiful, but a huge and slow target, the Luftwaffe must have cheered when they saw them coming.

Since the airfield bombings were not appreciably reducing German fighter strength, additional B-17 groups were formed, and Eaker ordered major missions deeper into Germany against important industrial targets. The 8th Air Force then targeted the ball-bearing factories in Schweinfurt, hoping to cripple the war effort there. The first raid on 17 August 1943 did not result in critical damage to the factories, with the 230 attacking B-17s being intercepted by an estimated 300 Luftwaffe fighters. The Germans shot down 36 aircraft with the loss of 200 men, and coupled with a raid earlier in the day against Regensburg, a total of 60 B-17s were lost that day.[94]

A second attempt on Schweinfurt on 14 October 1943 would later come to be known as “Black Thursday”.[95] While the attack was successful at disrupting the entire works, severely curtailing work there for the remainder of the war, it was at an extreme cost.[96] Of the 291 attacking Fortresses, 60 were shot down over Germany, five crashed on approach to Britain, and 12 more were scrapped due to damage – a total loss of 77 B-17s.[97] A total of 122 bombers were damaged and needed repairs before their next flight. Out of 2,900 men in the crews, about 650 men did not return, although some survived as prisoners of war. Only 33 bombers landed without damage. These losses were a result of concentrated attacks by over 300 German fighters.[98]

From Wikipedia

Tash Sultana – Blackbird

I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like this.

Edison – The Good Fight

“I’ll return in a matter of time”

Tasha Sultana – Jungle

Tasha Sultana, all by herself

Trappist Sounds – Trappist1 Planetary System

Read the article in the New York Times

Snowy White – Midnight Blues

“It’s a final thing”

London Grammar – Truth is a Beautiful Thing