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NBA 2K League Offers Housing, Benefits, $1 Million Prize Pool

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NBA 2K League Offers Housing, Benefits, $1 Million Prize Pool

2K Sports announced today the benefits for being able to qualify for the League. Here’s the cliff notes:

  • $1 million in Prize Money spread out over three tournaments and the league championship.
  • Base salary of $35,000 for First Round Picks, $32,000 for all others.
  • Endorsement deals are allowed.
  • You’ll get paid housing.
  • Medical insurance/retirement plan.
  • All travel costs paid.

Contracts run for six months starting in March 2018.

What do you think of the benefits offered by 2K and the NBA to play in the league?

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  1. hanzsomehanz
    Show me the money
    GG to the future winners #1Milly
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    lol after the team gotta split the cash and uncle sam steps in, it won't be *that* much
    So you're telling me if I was in this league, I could sign an endorsement deal with Turtle Beach or Nike or Under Armour or whoever..
    Sounds like this might be something you want to be in...
    Kleinevos
    As a pc player, i don't even get access to the whole thing.
    And how would all this work for non-us players?
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    every player US or Non us would have to move and live where their team plays. i'm in cali, so if some team picks me ...lets say the bucks. then i have to live in Milwaukee. if you're in japan and the bucks pick you. me and you will be playing together in milwaukee. both of us missing our families girlfriends,wives, kids, etc, etc. its like real life nba basketball. those guy do live at home but they are only home for a portion of the year during the season. the other part they are away on trips playing other teams.
    some people say the money aint worth it. it is. obviously for some bum living at home with his parents doing nothing with his life. this could be a life changer. lol. But even for someone working a dead end job that aint paying much and they dont have much of a education to do better. this could be a game changer.
    and truth is for those that make ok money but still aint got it like that in certain cities things are so expensive this could still be a game changer for multiple reasons:
    1. That pay needs to be added to the fact that you will also have housing paid for (6months worth.)
    Lets say we're talking apartments since the portland team is saying they will have you staying in a 2 bedroom apartment with one roommate. Let's say its $1500 a month. Now technically that would be $750 a piece. but you cant even think of it like that. you have to think of it like this. How much do you currently pay for rent right now? or how much would you have to pay for rent in your area if you lived on your own or with one roommates. thats how much this FREE ROOM part is worth to you cause in a normal situation you would have to pay rent for those 6 months.
    So add the salary to that free room or rent for 6 months. I'm telling you right now that is more than a lot of people making in a YEAR. no you aint balling. but you aint homeless either. you will have enough to have a decent car, pay rent back home and be ok. now if the endorsements kick in. no telling how well you could. and thats not even counting the million dollar purse for all the tournaments and stuff.
    Then you still have 6 months out of the year to get something else going. So now even where you may have made 30 grand a year doing one job. you can do that job for 6 months and the 2k league job for 6 and make 60k in that same years time. where 6 of those months is you playing a game you would be playing regardless. The only real sacrifice and its a big one. is you leaving your home/family for that time period. obviously you can travel to go visit them as often as you can in between games and what not. but thats at your own expense.
    splashmountain
    every player US or Non us would have to move and live where their team plays. i'm in cali, so if some team picks me ...lets say the bucks. then i have to live in Milwaukee. if you're in japan and the bucks pick you. me and you will be playing together in milwaukee. both of us missing our families girlfriends,wives, kids, etc, etc. its like real life nba basketball. those guy do live at home but they are only home for a portion of the year during the season. the other part they are away on trips playing other teams.
    some people say the money aint worth it. it is. obviously for some bum living at home with his parents doing nothing with his life. this could be a life changer. lol. But even for someone working a dead end job that aint paying much and they dont have much of a education to do better. this could be a game changer.
    and truth is for those that make ok money but still aint got it like that in certain cities things are so expensive this could still be a game changer for multiple reasons:
    1. That pay needs to be added to the fact that you will also have housing paid for (6months worth.)
    Lets say we're talking apartments since the portland team is saying they will have you staying in a 2 bedroom apartment with one roommate. Let's say its $1500 a month. Now technically that would be $750 a piece. but you cant even think of it like that. you have to think of it like this. How much do you currently pay for rent right now? or how much would you have to pay for rent in your area if you lived on your own or with one roommates. thats how much this FREE ROOM part is worth to you cause in a normal situation you would have to pay rent for those 6 months.
    So add the salary to that free room or rent for 6 months. I'm telling you right now that is more than a lot of people making in a YEAR. no you aint balling. but you aint homeless either. you will have enough to have a decent car, pay rent back home and be ok. now if the endorsements kick in. no telling how well you could. and thats not even counting the million dollar purse for all the tournaments and stuff.
    Then you still have 6 months out of the year to get something else going. So now even where you may have made 30 grand a year doing one job. you can do that job for 6 months and the 2k league job for 6 and make 60k in that same years time. where 6 of those months is you playing a game you would be playing regardless. The only real sacrifice and its a big one. is you leaving your home/family for that time period. obviously you can travel to go visit them as often as you can in between games and what not. but thats at your own expense.
    Not worth it.
    Not that it matters, as a pc player i'm excluded in advance.
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    Kleinevos
    Not worth it.
    Not that it matters, as a pc player i'm excluded in advance.
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    when you say "not worth it" are you saying its not worth it because you already excluded therefore you dont think investing in a console to at worse tryout for this?
    Or are you saying it aint worth it because you personally make much more money then that?
    or are you saying it aint worth it because of the time you are away from home and the amount of money you're getting paid aint worth that time away?
    Seems kinda underwhelming. Geared more towards students or younger people who haven’t had much time to advance in their careers. That’s fine but I imagine it will water down the talent pool considerably when you remove all the players who wouldn’t find those perks to be worth uprooting their life.
    splashmountain
    when you say "not worth it" are you saying its not worth it because you already excluded therefore you dont think investing in a console to at worse tryout for this?
    Or are you saying it aint worth it because you personally make much more money then that?
    or are you saying it aint worth it because of the time you are away from home and the amount of money you're getting paid aint worth that time away?
    How about all of those
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    Thrustie
    Seems kinda underwhelming. Geared more towards students or younger people who haven’t had much time to advance in their careers. That’s fine but I imagine it will water down the talent pool considerably when you remove all the players who wouldn’t find those perks to be worth uprooting their life.

    i'll say this one more time. MOST PEOPLE dont make that kind of money in a year let alone 6 months. just because you are one of the few who do. doesnt mean the pool of players will be watered down. odds are if you make a decent amt of money and you're real grown. you dont have the time to concentrate on this game like that to begin with so of course its going to be more geared towards people who have far more time than us grown people. dont get mad. be happy for the youngins that they have something you and I and others only wished we had when we were their ages. Its dope that they are having this chance.
    splashmountain
    i'll say this one more time. MOST PEOPLE dont make that kind of money in a year let alone 6 months. just because you are one of the few who do. doesnt mean the pool of players will be watered down. odds are if you make a decent amt of money and you're real grown. you dont have the time to concentrate on this game like that to begin with so of course its going to be more geared towards people who have far more time than us grown people. dont get mad. be happy for the youngins that they have something you and I and others only wished we had when we were their ages. Its dope that they are having this chance.

    I’m not mad at all. I just think greater incentives would have led to a larger demographic being interested I.e. a larger talent pool. The median income in the US is what? 30k? I don’t know if many would move to a new city for the same amount. I know it’s only 6 months with free accommodation but you’d still have to figure something out for the other 6 months. Finding a place and a job for 6 month spurts isn’t easy and 2K isn’t paying enough to stay unemployed or keep a second place year round. Hopefully endorsements and prize money make it worth it for these cats.
    Thrustie
    I’m not mad at all. I just think greater incentives would have led to a larger demographic being interested I.e. a larger talent pool. The median income in the US is what? 30k? I don’t know if many would move to a new city for the same amount. I know it’s only 6 months with free accommodation but you’d still have to figure something out for the other 6 months. Finding a place and a job for 6 month spurts isn’t easy and 2K isn’t paying enough to stay unemployed or keep a second place year round. Hopefully endorsements and prize money make it worth it for these cats.

    If what you just said is the median income YEAR ROUND. that means you just made the median in 6 months for playing a video game. Think about that for a moment.
    And the salaries will go up as popularity grows with those watching the games and more sponsors get involved in the league as a whole(not talking individual sponsorship.) Its just like real sports leagues. where do you think they get all of their operation money from and money to pay the players millions of dollars? Thru Ads and TV placement which is again based on what they believe their Ad revenue will be if they carry a particular show/League.
    read this below. this is from 2014 going forward.
    The NBA announced a new broadcast rights extension with Turner Sports and Disney's ESPN that is expected to be worth $24 billion over nine years. According to John Ourand and John Lombardo of Sports Business Daily, ESPN will pay "about $1.4 billion" each year for the right to broadcast 100 regular season games and up to 44 postseason games.
    .....
    will pay "about $1.4 billion" each year for the right to broadcast 100 regular season games and up to 44 postseason games.
    The biggest reasons the NBA will see it's national television revenue nearly triple from $930 million to $2.7 billion annually starting in the 2016-17 season is the surging value of live sports for cable providers

    Then read this
    http://time.com/4241977/espn-esports/
    ^^^If and probably I should say When...the league grows, the Cap space will grow just like the real nba. This will provide the with the ability to pay players more money and to give them even better accommodations. But right now this is what they can do based on projections of how much money this will make this first time around if it will make any money at all this first time around. it may just break even. But you have to start somewhere.
    But all in all. It's actually not a bad salary. Do you remember when it was the Dleague not the Gleague. how shaky those salaries were for some guys?
    and they were putting their bodies on the line too. Praying and hoping a real team scooped them up so they could really get paid. but until then, they were living that basic to broke life.
    I’m not arguing at all about the possible growth of league and how that could affect salaries, my dude. I’m just saying that I think the incentives provided right now will kill the interest for a sizeable demographic of players. Which, in turn, will water down the talent of the league. It could even hurt viewership to a degree because it becomes “Am I watching the best 2k players in the world or just the best who were willing to take a chance or had nothing to lose?” I have no idea what the general demographics of 2k players are but some of the best dudes I’ve played with have been guys with a wife and/or families in their late 20s or 30s. I can’t imagine many of those guys would tryout for this for 30k.
    Thrustie
    I’m not arguing at all about the possible growth of league and how that could affect salaries, my dude. I’m just saying that I think the incentives provided right now will kill the interest for a sizeable demographic of players. Which, in turn, will water down the talent of the league. It could even hurt viewership to a degree because it becomes “Am I watching the best 2k players in the world or just the best who were willing to take a chance or had nothing to lose?” I have no idea what the general demographics of 2k players are but some of the best dudes I’ve played with have been guys with a wife and/or families in their late 20s or 30s. I can’t imagine many of those guys would tryout for this for 30k.

    i'll say this again. most people aint making that much money in a 6 month period. do the math. its 60k per year. most people dont make 60k per year. and thats not counting the room(rent, electricity, water) and board(at least during travelling/and game days). Plus benefits and a 401k plan.
    I'm telling you as a fully grown man. most people aint making that. its not that its a lot of money its that most people are broke to almost broke. and the few places where people are bringing in 60k. they are in major cities where the rent/cost of a home is too da... high basically killing that cashflow.
    This is why this isnt that bad once you do ALL of the math and realize this is for playing a game that you would be playing anyway.
    You still have 6 months to work something else out. and i would think whats going to happen is people will start to find ways to work a regular job for 6 months and do that for 6 months. You could sign up for a decent temp agency and depending on your skills. you could get contract work for a few months at a time and then be out for the nba league 6 months. then back to contract work. you gotta get a little creative but its doable. and the top players and the most intriguing players (not just skill but the guys/ladies that make you want to watch and follow them on social media outside of just 2k basketball. will get sponsors and other opportunities even during their down time. You will at worse become a video game/ online star.
    people will start asking you to do pop up visits and interviews.
    media person: "Ay we got my boy splashmountain in here today...Splash..tell us something about yourself and your time at the gaming house for the bucks. how was that experience?
    me: "well you know......uhh....uhhh"
    You think 2k wont have you all up in those 2k TV episodes with ya girl rachel? they pay you for that stuff.
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