Pondering About What Could Have Been, A Path To Wealth
For a guy who still doesn't know exactly what he wants to do for a living, I've been pretty fortunate to spend so many years paying the bills by being on the radio.
In the mid 80's I moved to Missoula to go to college and shortly after I got to town I landed a job at a radio station. The salary was small but there were other ways to supplement my income. I did play-by-play for the local high school basketball games. I also did remote broadcasts, but the job that paid the best was wearing the station moose suit. That it was brutal to wear at events in the summertime, but it paid ten bucks an hour. So, I signed up for moose duty whenever I could get it.
Coulda, shoulda, woulda.
I ran across an article today that made me think that I should have followed up on being a mascot.
Apparently, Hugo The Hornet of the Charlotte Hornets makes $100,000.00 a year. Go The Gorilla of the Phoenix Suns makes 200,000.00 annually. The king of mascots, pay-wise, is Rocky The Mountain Lion who works for the Denver Nuggets. He makes $625,000.00 a year.
But I don't know what else a mascot is contractually obligated to do. Do you have to show up to practice like the players do? Do mascots ever go on injured reserve?
I would imagine that you'd be required to attend all parades, and events at schools and hospitals. And of course, be present for any photo ops.
I should have stuck with it. I could've been rich.
Big Sky Conference Mascots Ranked on How Easily I Could Beat Them in a Fight
Gallery Credit: Ace Sauerwein