The Tigers' made Justin Verlander one of the richest athletes in sports. His contract of 180 million guaranteed highlights the difference between guaranteed contracts in MLB and the NFL contracts.
Tony Romo received a contract worth 108 million. The main issue is that baseball contracts are guaranteed and football contracts are only partially guaranteed. Romo is only guaranteed 55 million from that deal.
Pitchers take the mound every 5th day and influence maybe 40 games of a 164 game season. That's around 25% of a teams games. Most of the time the pitcher is only in for around 6 innings a game. So Verlander is throwing somewhere around 240 of a teams 1500 innings, or 16% of a teams innings in a season.
The bottom line here is that Verlander is getting paid an unbelievable contract for a player that isn't on the field every game and when he is, he doesn't even hit.
In contrast, Tony Romo touches the ball on every offensive play for the Cowboys. ...