Every major free agent signing ( at least in Baseball ) generates an enormous media buzz, and all details are completely available to whoever reads the paper. Why are the salaries of professional athletes SOOOO public?
Is this allowed in all careers, and we just don't care about most?
Even so, it still seems that athletes are subject to a ridiculous level of scrutiny. This isn't some new thing either - there are even quizzes you can take about the highest paid baseball players ( here is one of many ) on Sporcle.
Am I missing something? This seems grossly unfair to professional athletes, who are subject to mockery and judgement from the media, fans, etc. if they are not performing consistant with their contract. In this era that we live in, this appears to be a disregard for privacy so flagrant that I'd expect to hear more about it. But I've never heard anyone complain about it other than the occasional groans by the players ( groans that are summarily mocked and dismissed by the media ).
Does anyone know why this is and how it started? Additionaly, has anyone ever seriously spoken against it ( e.g. proposed legislature, lawsuits, etc. )?