Chicago sports fans look for winning returns on big-money players

August 22, 2011

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Sports fans rejoice when big-name players get signed to their team, but it doesn't always work out the way they hoped it would.

Jim Hendry was fired from his post as Chicago Cubs general manager on Friday. His long tenure with the franchise was marked by some rather long-term contracts--some stand to affect the club for years to come. Of course the Cubs don’t have a lock on bad contracts. Eight Forty-Eight decided to look at some of the more notorious contract deals in Chicago sports--and examined whether an athlete’s performance was influenced by the prospect of dangling dollar signs. Eight Forty-Eight's regular sports gal Cheryl Raye Stout joined blogger and author Dayn Perry to talk with host Alison Cuddy about how big bucks affect big stars.