Where does the money go?- Professional athletes and fines of misconduct

By Zack Posego, website editor and Nick Bradley, website editor

In 2002, the New York Knicks fined one of its players, Latrell Sprewell, $250,000 for failing to report a hand injury to his team before the beginning of the official season. This remains the largest fine given to a player by their own team in history, and it raises the question… where does that money go?

Most professional sport leagues and associations have different standards for fining their players. The NFL is considered one of the harshest afflicters of these punishments, sometimes cashing in as much has 260,000 in a single week from its players

Most professional sport athletic organizations have different standards for fining their players. The NFL is considered one of the harshest afflicters of these punishments, sometimes cashing in as much as $260,000 in a single week from its players

“I think that the money goes back into the team and organization”, said junior Jude Mattocks. While this question remains broad when asked about all professional athletic organizations in general, most donate these funds to various charities.

Player fine proceeds from the National Basketball Association (NBA) are split between the NBA itself and The Players’ Association: both of these donate most of this money to charity. The National Football League (NFL) give their proceeds to the Players Assistance Trust (an organization that gives money to athletes and their families in times of crisis), as well as charities supporting youth, education, and sports-related medical research. National Hockey League (NHL) player fines go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund, a group that helps cash-strapped former pro-hockey players with financial troubles.

“I think it’s right that most of that money is being donated toward charities,” said freshman Eli Draa.

While it’s true that a large portion of these funds are being donated to charitable foundations, a question arises as to whether or not it is ethical to fine professional atheletes large sums of money for misconduct. Math teacher Mrs. Houck said, “I do not think they should misbehave, but if they want to act childish, then they should be fined.”

Moral or not, money from the misbehavior of these professional athletes is a great source of income for respectable charities, and teaches a lesson to these players who believe they are above the rules.

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Principal’s Principle: The tale of the tie

By Principal Doug Wilson


Mr. Doug Wilson leaves Saegertown on October 5 to begin his new job as principal of Iroquois High School. Mr. Tom Baker will be the new principal of SHS. 

There is a little known fact about all formal ceremonies that occur at S.H.S. that many of you may not have noticed. I have shared this legend with very few people over the years. At the 2015 graduation ceremony, however, I casually related this story to Mrs. Hetrick. When she heard the story, her eyes lit up and she exclaimed, “You have to write that up as one of the Principal Principles.”

So Mrs. Hetrick, this one is for you…

Our former superintendent was fond of saying “everyone is replaceable.” To most of us that is hard to hear, but in most cases, it is the absolute truth. Each year seniors graduate and staff gets reassigned or retires. However, Saegertown High School still moves on. Shortly, I will be leaving the hallowed hallways of this school, and Mr. Baker will be taking over as your principal.

Over the past twenty-five years, S.H.S. has had six other educational leaders. Each one of us have all had something in common: the Panther Tie. While I am not sure where the tie originated, I do know that I am the sixth principal to wear this
fabled blue tie with gold panthers streaming across the front. It is a special tie that is only worn about four times each year. It has seen better days but it is still the favored tie in my collection.

Six years ago in July as Mr. Randy Deemer was departing for the last time, he walked to his car, came back into the building, and handed me the tie. I thanked him for the gift and he looked directly into my eyes and simply stated, “Take care of this tie and take care of this building.”

While I appreciated his action, I did not appreciate his words to their full extent.

In October I will be passing the Panther Tie off to Mr. Baker. Chances are that it will show up on the opening day of school, at the NHS induction, and at graduation as it always has for the last twenty-five years. I now realize the importance of Mr. Deemer’s words. He wasn’t telling me to take care of the tie and the building, he was asking me to do these things.

I will give the tie to Mr. Baker on my last day at SHS. I have every confidence that he will take care of the tie and he will take care of the building.

(Note: Mr. Wilson has written his column, The Principal’s Principle, for every issue of The Panther Press for the past six years. We thank him for being an inspirational contributing writer.)

Self-Service competes with App Store

By Jackie Galford, features editor and Kaitlyn Walsh, advertising

Where did the App Store go? Students have investigated their iPads and found something unusual.They were informed that an alternative catalog has been installed on the iPads.

Self-Service is a student access portal to administration approved apps. Teachers can request educational apps to put

The self-service app was introduced to the school this year in order to allow students to use their iPads to their full potential.

The self-service app was introduced to the school this year in order to allow students to use their iPads to their full potential.

into the portal that will tie in with their classes. It’s similar to the App Store, just controlled.

But with this convenience comes consequences. “I’ve experienced some frustrations with Self-Service, including the apps not showing up,” said senior Colten Burdick. For multiple students, several apps failed to appear after they were repeatedly attempted to be downloaded. Students are finding the unavailability of the App Store an annoyance.

This new Self-Service (app) has surprised and frustrated some of the students with its faulty set-up. “I’ve had a few issues with Self-Service.  Apps wouldn’t install when I tried to download them,” said seventh grader Ava Jones.         

Greg Henry, network administration specialist at Saegertown High School, described the benefits of the new system: “Self-Service is more supervised than the App Store. With Self-Service, there is no longer a lot of abuse on the iPads with the games. I believe only 15-20 percent of students have had trouble. It definitely makes our summers a lot easier because we don’t have to go through and wipe everything out on the iPads,” Henry said. “Overall, I think it has gone well, and will probably be used in the future.”