Athlete Plays For Love, Not Money…No, Seriously

Barry Bonds couldn’t get a team to sign him even after offering to play for the league minimum. Here’s another idea for him.

Joseba Etxeberria

Athletic Bilbao winger Joseba Etxeberria wants to play one last season, so he’s signed a free contract with the club he’s been with for 13 years.  That’s completely free. Zero Euros. With the exchange rate, I think that’s negative dollars.

“Etxe” has played for Bilbao, in Spain’s top league, since he was 17 years old. Anxious to get to 500 games played, he inked a deal to play the 2009/10 season without being paid, proving two things. First, there are some athletes out there who truly do have loyalty to their teams, and love playing so much that they would do it for nothing. Second, La Liga needs a better player’s union.

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