LeBron James is the United States' most incredible athlete, probably the world’s too. 6’ 8” two hundred and fifty pounds, runs an untrained 4.6 second forty yard dash, vertical leap of forty-four inches and over seven foot wingspan.
LeBron has shown he is more than just a physical specimen. When playing with the basketball in his hand he has shown incredible decision making and is one of the most clutch NBA shooters of all time.
In LeBron’s eleven year NBA career he has infrequently mentioned playing in other sports leagues. James was recruited in high school to play wideout for Urban Meyer at Notre Dame. In lighthearted moments James has suggested he would be a capable pass catcher in the NFL. James has remarked on Major League Baseball’s lack of salary cap and what kind of salary he might have if the NBA didn’t have a salary cap. "It'd be nice to sign a 10-year deal worth $300 million."
In the NBA the current salary cap and player salary cap makes it impossible for LeBron to be fairly compensated. The NBA is expected to drastically increase the salary cap in 2016 because of broadcast rights renewals, which are projected to dramatically increase basketball related income. In the NBA, the league salary cap is 44.74 percent of basketball related income, minus projected benefits, divided by the number of teams.
With the Miami Heat’s free agency woes, and salary limitations of the NBA, James may want to consider other sports; at least until the NBA’s salary cap is raised in 2016.
Playing in other leagues would drastically increase James’ brand and notoriety, translating into increased earnings once he retires from professional sports.
James’ hometown Cleveland Browns have nearly $24 million in cap space. It is imaginable, the Browns offering LeBron the entirety of their cap space, for a once in a lifetime marketing ploy. James would be able to play for his hometown without having to work with Cleveland Cavaliers owner, Dan Gilbert. Gilbert wrote several harsh criticisms of LeBron when James left the Cavs.
After signing a one year $24 million contract with the Browns, LeBron can split and play for a deep pocketed MLB team. Possibly play for the highest spending Los Angeles Dodgers or the second highest spending New York Yankees. Since there is no salary cap in baseball, LeBron could sign a one year $30 or $40 million contract.
Once he’s made the rounds and expanded his marketability tenfold, come back to the NBA in 2016 and play under the new, larger salary cap.
Sports fans have been clamoring for a multi-sport athlete since Michael Jordan played baseball and basketball ten years ago. LeBron has the physical and mental gifts to provide the people with what they desire.