The pressure on the NFL to pay its players in cryptocurrency is only getting hotter and building and NFL Player Russell Okung is one of the bitcoiners, demanding so. The Los Angeles Chargers, Left Tackle, made his request on Twitter asking for payment in Bitcoin.
Russell Okung went on to tweet, “Pay me in Bitcoin. How dope would it be to see an ESPN headline with an athlete being paid in BTC?” He also wanted to know where everyone traded their crypto. One follower recommended Bittrex, and it didn’t take long for the bitcoin exchange to respond: “Hi Russell – great to connect with you! We’d love to introduce you to Bittrex. Feel free to reach out to us via DM.”
Crypto hardware wallet Trezor didn’t let the opportunity slip by them either, saying, “Hey Russell, you’re gonna need a secure place to store those bitcoins. DM us so we can hook you up.”
Okung then tweeted that he’s sharing the bitcoin Bible with his NFL peers too so it won’t be long before the word spreads like wildfire throughout the league. At this rate, bitcoin is bound to catch on fire and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would be in a tight spot if not complied with.
Morgan Creek, Digital Co-Founder and Partner, Anthony Pompliano, tweeted about NFL Quarterback Matt Barkley wanting to be paid in crypto, saying: “Matt is just one of many bitcoiners that are playing in the NFL on Sundays.”
NFL teams are getting pressurized to pay their players in bitcoin, but so far they haven’t budged at all. It’s uncertain why they would push back against something that would not only slash costs for the whole organization but would also give NFL players a huge and sound opportunity to begin saving and growing their earnings before retirement.
While crypto Twitter didn’t hesitate to help the NFL quarterback become more engaged in the market, he let them know he was already a few steps ahead.
Bitcoin is back in the forefront with the price now barreling toward a huge $10,000. NFL teams have valuations that run into the billions of dollars. Take the Dallas Cowboys, whose value last year reached the extreme $5 billion threshold, according to Forbes. They were the first team to pull off this feat even though the Cowboys haven’t played in a Superbowl in more than two decades. According to Forbes, Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was the highest paid player last year, fetching on-field compensation of more than $66 million plus about another $10 million in other income.