Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will appear at a mall on Saturday and sign autographs for anyone with time to line up – and at least $ 125.
Newton shows up for an autograph session where he will charge $ 125 to sign a photo, $ 150 to sign a soccer ball, and $ 175 to sign a jersey, with another $ 50 on top if you want that. he personalizes it. Newton will be there for two and a half hours, and he could easily sign his name enough times that he and the event organizers could make over $ 100,000. Not bad for an afternoon of work.
But this is not for everyone. Charlotte Observer Columnist Scott Fowler slams Newton for charging his signature, saying it’s a misstep for a guy who seems generally genuinely grateful for the position he finds himself in as a sports superstar and happy to be in. engage with his fans.
“Panthers pay Newton big bucksWrites Folwer. “Charging Charlotte for autographs seems a little cheap.”
I understand where Fowler is from, but I can’t agree. I wish we lived in a world where everyone asking for an autograph was an innocent kid who wanted a memory to savor the thrill of meeting their hero, and where every athlete was thrilled to sign for every fan who asked for it. But the reality is, we don’t live in this world. We live in a world where people who ask athletes for autographs turn around and sell them on eBay, and a world where famous athletes cannot go out in public without being mobbed by autograph dogs.
In the real world we live in, a famous person’s autograph is a precious commodity, and the sports autograph market is a multi-million dollar business, and the athletes whose autographs are sold are doing nothing wrong. if they choose to share the process.
It is also important to point out that Newton has repeatedly shown that he is a generous man. Not only does he sign autographs for free at training camp (as most NFL players do), but when he scores a touchdown, he usually gives the ball to a fan in the stands. When Newton scored his 13th touchdown last season, setting a new NFL quarterback record, he could have kept that ball for his own collection, or made a lot of money selling it to a sports memorabilia collector. Instead of, he handed it to a girl in the stands. (The girl then donated the ball to the Professional Football Hall of Fame.)
I don’t really like the concept of autographs as a whole. I’d rather shake the hand of a famous person I admire, or exchange a few words with him, than ask him to sign his name. But some people like nothing more than having a famous person’s signature and are willing to pay generously to get it. If these people walk away happy from Newton’s autograph event on Saturday, then their money – and Newton’s time – has been well spent.