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Cam Newton takes some heat for charging for autographs

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Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will appear at a mall on Saturday and sign autographs for anyone who has the time to stand in line — and at least $125.

Newton is appearing at an autograph session at which he’ll charge $125 to sign a picture, $150 to sign a football and $175 to sign a jersey, with another $50 on top if you want him to personalize it. Newton will be there for two and a half hours, and he could easily sign his name enough times that he and the organizers of the event could bring in more than $100,000. Not bad for an afternoon of work.

But that doesn’t sit well with everyone. Charlotte Observer columnist Scott Fowler takes Newton to task for charging for his signature, saying that it’s a false step for a guy who usually comes across as sincerely grateful for the position he’s in as a sports superstar, and happy to engage with his fans.

The Panthers pay Newton plenty of money,” Folwer writes. “Charging for autographs in Charlotte seems a little cheap.”

I get where Fowler is coming from, but I can’t agree. I wish we lived in a world where everyone asking for an autograph was an innocent kid who wanted a memento to savor the thrill of meeting his hero, and where every athlete was delighted to sign for every fan who asked. But the reality is we don’t live in that world. We live in a world where people who ask athletes for autographs turn around and sell them on eBay, and a world where famous athletes can’t go out in public without being mobbed by autograph hounds.

In the real world we live in, a famous person’s autograph is a valuable commodity, and the sports autograph market is a multimillion-dollar business, and the athletes whose autographs are being sold are doing nothing wrong at all if they choose to share in the proceeds.

It’s also important to point out that Newton has shown many times that he’s a generous man. Not only does he sign autographs for free at training camp (as most NFL players do), but when he scores a touchdown he usually gives the ball to a fan in the stands. When Newton scored his 13th touchdown last season, setting a new NFL record for quarterbacks, he could have kept that ball for his own collection, or made plenty of money selling it to a sports memorabilia collector. Instead, he handed it to a girl in the stands. (The girl later gave the ball to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.)

I don’t much care for the whole concept of autographs. I’d rather shake the hand of a famous person I admire, or exchange a few words with him, than ask him to sign his name. But some people love nothing more than to have the signature of a famous person, and are willing to pay handsomely to get it. If those people walk away happy from Newton’s autograph event on Saturday, then their money — and Newton’s time — was well spent.

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  1. dg0122 says: Jul 12, 2012 8:36 AM

    $125 is a bargain…he charged Auburn $180,000 for his signature and he wasn’t even very famous yet at that point

  2. jaystus says: Jul 12, 2012 8:38 AM

    I really could care less about anyone’s autograph.

  3. jpack1974 says: Jul 12, 2012 8:38 AM

    I’ve got no problem with it. If you do not wan’t to pay it, then don’t get in line. I’m sure the dude gives plenty of money to charity.

  4. jpack1974 says: Jul 12, 2012 8:39 AM

    Maybe Drew Brees should do this in New Orleans and help make up for the 1.5 mill his is holding out for. Then he will be able to pay his light bill next month.

  5. buffbill99 says: Jul 12, 2012 8:42 AM

    Just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should. Part of being a superstar besides playing great and making millions is also dealing with the media and fans. Don’t make them resent you, and things will be easier for you.

  6. mrizzo44 says: Jul 12, 2012 8:48 AM

    Grown men definitely shouldn’t ask other grown men for their autograph.

  7. mybrunoblog says: Jul 12, 2012 8:48 AM

    Athlete autographs and appearances have been an accepted business for over a generation now. Of course the prices are sky high but if you don’t want one don’t buy it.
    The issue I have is if an athlete refuses to sign an autograph outside of a paid appearance. As long as Newtone will still sign if you see him walking down the street or if he signs a few autographs for kids each day at training camp, I see no problem with him doing paid appearances.
    Make the $ while you can. That’s the business!

  8. kylehealy says: Jul 12, 2012 8:49 AM

    No, Cam Newton should not be charging for autographs. If some guy wants to spend his Saturday at the mall, waiting in line to see Cam, get some memorabilia signed then go home and sell it on ebay, if thats his way of making money, fine. Who cares? He’s not hurting anyone. But when some 10 year old kid gets to the front of the line, should he really have to throw Cam $175 to throw his signature on a ball (that’ll be an extra $50 if little Billy wants his name on it). That’s the message we’re really sending. It’s pathetic and a joke and the fact that this author defends it just goes to show how bad the problem really is.

  9. tannethrill says: Jul 12, 2012 8:51 AM

    It’s a business and it’s not Cam charging, it’s the promoter who is paying Cam to be there.

    Place will be filled with adults who ruined it for kids.

    I think athletes should have two signatures or a stamp they carry so they can give out sigs but not ruin the value of their name. More signatures out there and the less money their worth.

    Really, Can Newton is where the autograph industry has to stop?

    Writer is acting like this isn’t a decades old industry.

    There are tons of Heismen collectors out there that need his sig to complete a collection, not support the Panthers. Auburn fans too that have no attachment to Charlotte.

    This is like getting on a guy for opening a restaurant and charging for food.

  10. bcjim says: Jul 12, 2012 8:52 AM

    I dont care for the concept either.

    Unless you have some *item* that has intrinsic value, a game used ball for example, groveling for some athlete to sign his name on some random item is unseemly and in most cases results in a perfectly worthless item.

    I would never stoop to begging for some athletes autograph, much less paying.

  11. paychrisjohnson28 says: Jul 12, 2012 8:52 AM

    It would be fine…if he were donating all the money to charity like for cancer research. But money for his signature going in his pocket? For a guy who had a good rookie year and has never been to the playoffs…it’s a little much isn’t it ? How many other players charge for their signature, especially after their rookie year…a losing one I might add….?!

  12. godofwine330 says: Jul 12, 2012 8:53 AM

    I don’t get the point of the whole autograph thing. Never have. Famous people are just regular people with money. It isn’t my thing. There is nobody alive that I would want their autograph, unless they’d want mine. A scribbled written name on a piece of paper of clothing? You can’t even ready it most times.

  13. pantherstimes says: Jul 12, 2012 8:53 AM

    I could see where this would be an issue if Newton never signed things for fans. But he does. I have seen him on multiple occasions sign things for kids at open practices and training camp. So I do not see what the uproar is. Who the h3ll would pay that much any way besides a collector? And they should be charged.

    His money would be nice, but the scrutiny of your every move would be a serious pain in the @ss.

  14. 1joecoleman says: Jul 12, 2012 8:54 AM

    I understand everything said and I think it’s sad sometimes this world we live in, although I think we have to power to change a lot of things, but anyway, I too think autographs are overrated and would rather converse if only briefly.

  15. lbroberts123 says: Jul 12, 2012 8:56 AM

    The prices were most likely set by the event coordinators and not by Newton. If you saw him in public and asked him for an autograph I’m sure he wouldn’t make you pay. This is put on by an agency and he has no control over it.

  16. Kaz says: Jul 12, 2012 8:57 AM

    He’s an Entertainer and Icon. What do they expect?

  17. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Jul 12, 2012 8:58 AM

    The NFL does the same thing, hawking its autographed junk on QVC.

  18. gbmickey says: Jul 12, 2012 8:59 AM

    The only people that are left out in the cold are the poor little kids who idolize these players and yet due to greed they will go home disappointed. Pretty sad really that this article stands up for this. As far as signing for free in training camp is teams generally require it so dont act like he is doing a big favor.

  19. jenniferxxx says: Jul 12, 2012 9:00 AM

    Why didn’t he just use the old “I have to take care of my family” line … like every other greedy NFL player?

  20. beckzhere says: Jul 12, 2012 9:00 AM

    This is a classless move. So what if someone else makes money off his signature, they have to make a living too. Not all kids and actual fans can make it to training camp to get a signature. Thusly, when the opportunity arises they shouldn’t have to pay for an autograph. Cam (and his entire extended family) will never have to worry about money again. This is simply uncalled for.

  21. pesh00 says: Jul 12, 2012 9:02 AM

    Based on the premise of the entire article doesn’t it then make sense that the personalization would be $50 cheaper? How are they going to turn around and sell something on eBay that is specifically for Lil Tommy?

  22. jward9478 says: Jul 12, 2012 9:02 AM

    I am sure Cam does a lot of free community stuff for underprivileged families, so if he wants to charge for giving out autographs that is fine with me. There would be a mad rush at this location if he were giving out free autographs.

  23. tcostant says: Jul 12, 2012 9:04 AM

    This kind of stuff is always sad. About 20 years ago, I was walking in Arizonia and saw Randy Johnson walking alone. I approached, said I was a big fan and ask nicely for an autograph. No kidding, he said give me $20 right now and I’ll do it. He said that was a lot less than he charged in off-season shows. I still can’t image he thought that was some kind of favor. I walked away with my $20 and no autograft.

  24. Patriot42 says: Jul 12, 2012 9:04 AM

    Those people that collect autographs and sell them later shouldn’t complain.

  25. hulkhogansays says: Jul 12, 2012 9:04 AM

    I knew it. This is why I laugh when Panther fans have the nerve to tell me sCam is better than Robert Griffin the 3rd. RG3 is better on and off the football field and a genuine person. sCam deserves all his criticism and the type to be false in fron of Cameras. Can’t wait for RGIII to embarass him and Carolina in November brother.

  26. hugejazz says: Jul 12, 2012 9:05 AM

    If athletes who are famous enough to actually be able to charge that much for their autograph want to charge for an autograph, no problem. But the money should be given to charity.

    Athletes who can command that kind of money for autographs are more than likely making some pretty good money already. So making it (money) while you can is not a valid argument. If Cam can’t live comfortably on his millions already he needs another financial adviser.

    Or a few less toys and leaches/hangers on.

  27. vbe2 says: Jul 12, 2012 9:05 AM

    What a WPOS.

  28. rickastleydancemoves says: Jul 12, 2012 9:05 AM

    I wonder how much he charges to sign laptops?

  29. skoobyfl says: Jul 12, 2012 9:06 AM

    I suppose when every baseball player does this that they’d get heat as well, right?

  30. shawon0meter says: Jul 12, 2012 9:07 AM

    kylehealy says: Jul 12, 2012 8:49 AM

    No, Cam Newton should not be charging for autographs. If some guy wants to spend his Saturday at the mall, waiting in line to see Cam, get some memorabilia signed then go home and sell it on ebay, if thats his way of making money, fine. Who cares? He’s not hurting anyone. But when some 10 year old kid gets to the front of the line, should he really have to throw Cam $175 to throw his signature on a ball (that’ll be an extra $50 if little Billy wants his name on it). That’s the message we’re really sending. It’s pathetic and a joke and the fact that this author defends it just goes to show how bad the problem really is.
    _______

    You’re really saying it’s OK for “ebay seller guy” to make money off of Cam Newton’s autograph but it’s wrong for Cam Newton to make money off of Cam Newton’s autograph? That sounds ridiculous.

    This is only one appearance. Kids will have other opportunities for free autographs if it’s that important to them.

  31. wrathofgodzilla says: Jul 12, 2012 9:10 AM

    I had to buy tickets to get my Colorado Rockies Chuck Taylor’s signed by 16 players and I did it without blinking and got to see some of my favorite players. I would do it again today and they’re tied for the second worst team in baseball right now! I can’t wait for football season to start so that we get real news stories.

  32. nflofficeadmin says: Jul 12, 2012 9:11 AM

    It’s doubtful that Cam came up with this scheme. More likely than not Cam has it in a contract with someone that he will make appearances and sign autographs (date and location TBD) and Cam is seeing very little if not zero of the money. As pointed out, he already has plenty of that. This is not uncommon, but usually happens with fly by night “marketing” companies and wanna-be-agents and other bottom dwellers.

  33. kbookert says: Jul 12, 2012 9:11 AM

    Well I used to have a respect for him, but not any more. Charging for autographs is something a washed-up, bankrupt player should do. Sad.

  34. randall351 says: Jul 12, 2012 9:20 AM

    I have the mindset that autographs are just dumb, and there is no way I would stand in a line to get some random guys signature; I definetly would not waste my arguably just as hard earned money on said signature.

    The only signature I really care about is my boss’s signature on the bottom of my paychecks.

    Besides isn’t the point of paying money for an autograph because you weren’t the person who had to stand in line for hours for it?

  35. daisymaytr says: Jul 12, 2012 9:22 AM

    Tebow does the exact same thing but what a surprise the media don’t report on that

  36. philyeagles5 says: Jul 12, 2012 9:23 AM

    doesnt this guy make millions? what a self centered douche.

  37. cleverbob says: Jul 12, 2012 9:23 AM

    I will accept autographs on personal checks. Made out to cash.

  38. pixelito says: Jul 12, 2012 9:24 AM

    The reporter is right…. It’s cheap and beyond classless.

  39. savocabol1 says: Jul 12, 2012 9:25 AM

    It costs a family a couple of hundred dollars each game for them to allow their child to see their favorite superstar. Now it will cost the same (if not more) to get their autograph too?

    This type of stuff is ruining it for the kids out there. Families wont be able to afford these skyrocketing prices anymore. I get that some people are going to be making a buck on it, but you shouldnt let a couple of bad apples spoil the bunch.

  40. snowpea84 says: Jul 12, 2012 9:32 AM

    Autographs are a waste of time to begin with. I’m sure he could spend all day singing them if he gave them away for free and be mobbed for them everywhere he goes. That does not sound enjoyable.

  41. 2ruefan says: Jul 12, 2012 9:33 AM

    Couldn’t disagree more.
    Doesn’t matter what kind of justification you want to come up with “The world we live in..” etc.

    Here’s and idea.. don’t continue to MAKE it that kind of a world. What does it matter if someone wants to go sell the football on ebay? Why does that make it that I have to charge for it?

    Stupid, and greedy. UNLESS it is used for charity.

    Which, BTW.. I believe (if I’m not mistaken) “daisymaytr” – is what Tebow was doing. I believe he was using the $$ for wounded warriors.

    If Newton is doing a similar thing I have no issue. If it’s just for income, it’s ridiculous. But anybody buying it is an idiot. Plain and simple.

  42. steelcity1983 says: Jul 12, 2012 9:39 AM

    I do not see what the issue is here at all. The guy is sitting at the mall for a couple of hours just to sign autographs. Why shouldn’t he charge for that? The people criticizing him make it seem like he is charging people on the street or at the stadium to sign. This is no different than sitting at a crappy desk job for a few hours and getting paid for it.

  43. southcakpanther says: Jul 12, 2012 9:43 AM

    Fowler also mentions in the article that other QBs do this as well. Names like Peyton Manning and Drew Brees (no shocked there). It’s an accepted practice that his marketing firm, IMG, recommended he do. Meanwhile, Cam continues to bust his ass preparing for the 2012 season, just what you haters said he wouldn’t do.

  44. pnthrz1 says: Jul 12, 2012 9:43 AM

    I’ve been to Panthers training camp. Players do sign for free but some of them, like Steve Smith, will only sign for kids because they don’t want some adult making money off of ebay.

    The Panthers, including Cam, will sign for free when they are at the work place. If they’re not at the work place, then I have no problem with them charging. I wouldn’t pay for a signature, but if someone has the money and time, let them.

  45. nesuperfan says: Jul 12, 2012 9:43 AM

    The vast majority of autographs are for personal fan enjoyment. I hate the idea of charging (except for a charity event), and while some autographs may end up on eBay, that is just a risk you take when you try to be a good guy, and sign your name.

    @Cam Newton, it really makes you look bad when you charge.

  46. foreverlsu says: Jul 12, 2012 9:47 AM

    “In the real world we live in, a famous person’s autograph is a valuable commodity, and the sports autograph market is a multimillion-dollar business, and the athletes whose autographs are being sold are doing nothing wrong at all if they choose to share in the proceeds.”

    Seriously? his autograph is a valuable commodity? How many on this site would pay $125 for his autograph? If you’re over 18 and you are paying for an autograph for yourself, you really need help.

  47. magicbucs says: Jul 12, 2012 9:51 AM

    $125 seems a little steep even if he’s donating the $. I think $50 would of been much better. That way a father who’s struggling to make it for his family can still get a nice bday or Xmas present for his kid. Cam you lost all my respect. Oh wait you never had my respect…..

  48. nepatriots128154 says: Jul 12, 2012 9:55 AM

    Here’s what I don’t understand. If somebody is going to flip Newton’s autograph online for some cash, wouldn’t personalizing it with a name dilute the value of the item? If Newton is charging $50 to make it personalized, that extra fee is going to primarily effect kids/people who are getting the ball for someone who is actually a fan.

    If I’m buying Newton’s autograph online, I want something that has just his name, not an item that says “Thanks for being a fan Jimmy! – Cam Newton #1″

    The $50 fee for personalizing does nothing to counter reselling on eBay, it only hurts genuine fans.

  49. teamobijuan says: Jul 12, 2012 9:56 AM

    Charge for autographs until they get rid of the BS rookie salary cap. Just think, Sanchez has made more than you. Joe Flacco… more than you. Get paid.

  50. ursolusob says: Jul 12, 2012 10:01 AM

    Here’s how it should be done – for paid events:

    Personalized sigs (w/ID for adults; kids – no ID) – limited to one item – Free (or nominal fee donated to specified charity, say $5-10). A personalized sig is going to be worth a lot less to the ebay sellers (who wants “To Jimmy, from Cam” on a helmet when your name is Frank?). The true fans will be the ones who want it personalized as it will mean something to them, and they won’t/shouldn’t be concerned with re-sale value due to personalization.

    Non-personalized items – charge your fair market fee. Add a higher price for each additional item, with a max limit (2-3). My reasoning is I agree that the athlete can make money on collectible sales when the intent is on re-sale by some ebay hawker or memorabilia shop. Why not? Heck, there should be a stream of product that goes from player to distributor for resale (personally, through the player’s own web store or team/NFL store is where it should come from, with COA). We buy non-signed items and are OK with everyone getting their cut, so why not?

    Non-paid event signings (random encounters, at team camps, games, etc.) – sign the dang thing for free – one item only & personalized.

  51. peachyc39 says: Jul 12, 2012 10:09 AM

    I don’t get it…this is the same ol’ Cam from Auburn…he’s not going to change he never will. I’m just surprised he’s not charging a grand for each…lol

  52. swingondeesenuts says: Jul 12, 2012 10:15 AM

    Any male over 15 years old who:

    1) Wears a jersey with another man’s name on it

    2) Asks another man to sign an autograph (other then on a check)

    3) Stands in line to meet a pro athlete

    Is either a male groupie and/or has very low self esteem. These players are just dudes who happen to have great athletic talent. They are not role models or heros and at the end of the day very few will make much of an impact on the world. I would have more respect for people that asked our soldiers coming back from war or medical researchers finding cures that save lives for their “autograph”, then some guy who just happens to be able to run fast and throw a ball well.

    Enough said.

  53. jacunn2000 says: Jul 12, 2012 10:17 AM

    I was in San Diego on business when I saw Payton Manning. We got on the elevator together at the hotel I was staying at. We were the only two in it and he looked at me longingly like I was about to ask him for his autograph. I told him to hit the 10th floor button for me and did not say another word to him. Point of this story is, he is just another man and I sure as hell am not going to grovel or much less pay another dude for his signature. Autographs are for children.
    And they should never have to pay for it.

  54. walleyejon says: Jul 12, 2012 10:18 AM

    In order for someone to be a true success, they have to learn to pay it forward. C’mon Cam, at least give the money away.

  55. ccshocktalk says: Jul 12, 2012 10:20 AM

    The NFL should not be selling autographed memorabilia to make money, and the players should be willing to give out their autographs to fans, without the fans that player wouldn’t be collecting a pay check.

    So first I’m buying your jersey, i’m purchasing tickets to come to the game and see you play, and that pays for your insanely high salary…and then that isn’t enough so i get charged more money to sign an autograph?

    Cam, you definitely put the ass in class.

  56. squared80 says: Jul 12, 2012 10:25 AM

    The real question should be, is he keeping the money for himself or is he donating it to a charity? If it’s the latter, who cares. If he’s keeping it… then WTF?

  57. peytonwantsaflag says: Jul 12, 2012 10:27 AM

    “In the real world we live in, a famous person’s autograph is a valuable commodity, and the sports autograph market is a multimillion-dollar business, and the athletes whose autographs are being sold are doing nothing wrong at all if they choose to share in the proceeds.”

    One of the reasons we live in that world is BECAUSE these people charge excessive prices and limit the number of autographs they sign thereby increasing them. It’s basic supply and demand.

    and sugarcoat it all you want, it’s greedy and ridiculous.

  58. thompgk says: Jul 12, 2012 10:28 AM

    What a bunch of silly crybabies in the comments section here.

    1. He’s doing this on his own time on his own Saturday. How often do you give up your Saturday for your fans? Oh wait, you’re just a fat guy behind a computer making 50k a year and nobody wants your autograph?

    2. He signs autographs for free all the time in his personal life

    3. Seems like people are just wanting to revert back to their original opinions after he shut their faces up during the season

  59. eshine76 says: Jul 12, 2012 10:33 AM

    I worked in baseball for a few year and don’t have a single autograph to show for it. Never understood the appeal, even as a die-hard baseball fan. The stories and memories I have are far better.

  60. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Jul 12, 2012 10:36 AM

    Who cares if people sell it on ebay? Aren’t they allowed to make a little money off of spoiled millionaire athletes? Or are the athletes the only ones allowed to rob people blind?

  61. tsizzlehotpiss says: Jul 12, 2012 10:43 AM

    You’d think with all the money Richardson paid him and the $180K Auburn paid him, he could at least charge less or nothing for his signature. Then again, having observed Newton closely throughout college and his first year in the NFL, this brand of behavior from him doesn’t surprise me one bit.

  62. flapjackdaddy says: Jul 12, 2012 10:53 AM

    If someone is willing to pay for it than it’s no different than anything else. This is Amerrrica.

  63. dude1988 says: Jul 12, 2012 10:59 AM

    i’ll trade you, an autographed picture for a couple of tattoos.

  64. pantherguy344 says: Jul 12, 2012 11:21 AM

    Who cares? Hes not sticking it to the kids. Kids dont have $125. This is for obese jock sniffing ebay addicts who are gonna sit on their signed football for a few years and sell it for $500. Bringing themselves $375 closer to moving out of their grandma’s basement.

  65. nmking26 says: Jul 12, 2012 11:28 AM

    1) The promoter will get the majority of the money

    2) Cam gave up valuable time to do this. Majority of people cant take out 2 seconds out of their lives to mingle with strangers yet Cam gets prosecuted for spending hours doing that

    3) It’s his autograph. If he wanted to charge a million for it, he can. It’s his personal property. If its ok for Joe Blow to make money off cam, then Cam should be able to make money of himself also.

    4) it’s kinda funny how people are talking about kids being let down just because they didn’t get an autograph because it wasn’t free. Millions of things kids want aren’t free. Going to a football game isn’t free and millions of kids are let down cause they can’t go. It’s life.

    I wouldn’t expect any poster here to take hours out of their lives just to please strangers for free. But yet people expect Cam to. Why? Cause he’s rich? Why does the amount of money someone has matter to so many people on here? Why should Cam be treated any different than anyone else? If you wouldn’t give up your Saturdays to sign autographs for free, then you shouldn’t expect Cam to.

  66. sfm073 says: Jul 12, 2012 11:40 AM

    Silly issue, The company running this event need to make money and I’m sure Cam was the main attraction. Not only that, but if the autograph was free you’d have the entire city showing up trying to get it and thousands going home disappointed bc they didn’t get one.

  67. nmking26 says: Jul 12, 2012 11:41 AM

    ccshocktalk says: Jul 12, 2012 10:20 AM

    The NFL should not be selling autographed memorabilia to make money, and the players should be willing to give out their autographs to fans, without the fans that player wouldn’t be collecting a pay check.

    So first I’m buying your jersey, i’m purchasing tickets to come to the game and see you play, and that pays for your insanely high salary…and then that isn’t enough so i get charged more money to sign an autograph?

    Cam, you definitely put the ass in class.

    _________

    Why are you blaming Cam for your decisions? If you dont want to pay for tickets and autographs, no one is forcing you.

    Just because a man has a high salary doesn’t mean he should be denied from other sources of money. Do you tell the CEO at your job that he cant have his garage sale because he already has a high salary?

  68. pigbladder says: Jul 12, 2012 11:51 AM

    even with the logic of selling autographs on ebay, it makes no sense at all to charge an additional $50 to have it personalized, when making it personalized actually decreases the value. what does that actually say?

  69. sirhulka says: Jul 12, 2012 12:05 PM

    Why is this surprising? Once naive fans stop believing that 90 percent of NFL players aren’t self-entitled d-bags, maybe stuff like this will stop being news. Just because they can run fast and jump high doesn’t mean they are good guys. The sad part is, without football, a majority of NFL players would be low-life losers.

  70. lionsdraftguy says: Jul 12, 2012 12:13 PM

    Heres an idea, maybe greedy Newton can take the money he earns from his autographs and get his goofy ears fixed with it.

  71. pantherguy344 says: Jul 12, 2012 12:15 PM

    I cant believe this is “news”. Ive never been more ready for the preseason to start.

  72. thingamajig says: Jul 12, 2012 12:17 PM

    Greed, Its the American way.

  73. steve3211 says: Jul 12, 2012 12:21 PM

    Garbage. Who in this economic day and age can pay that type of money for a signature. Also why would anyone bother. Paying for signatures incentivises it for the player and so they sign as many as they can at events like this. The ensuing signature has nowhere near the worth in the future because they are now common. What is $%$^ing signature worth for a kid anyway if the ahole has to be paid for it.

  74. originalkingjames says: Jul 12, 2012 12:22 PM

    So what if the fan is making a few bucks from the autograph. Maybe he is using the proceeds so he can afford to go to a game.
    Cam makes the money he makes because of the money fans pay to see the games. Giving back to the fans by scribbling your name on a piece of paper or his picture is the right thing to do.
    On the other hand, if it is an object like a football, a helmet or even a player card, I beleive it is okay to charge whatever you want.
    Fans don’t catch a break dealing with the NFL…..Neverending Finance League

  75. raideralex99 says: Jul 12, 2012 12:23 PM

    It’s sad but I do not blame the players one bit for charging that much for autographs. People will do any to make a buck including paying a kid to get an autograph from a player for them.
    I’m sure if they made it illegal to sell autographs on the secondary market like ebay … players would have no problem signing for free.
    What I don’t understand why would you want to buy an autograph from ANYONE if it is not signed in person … that’s the whole point of getting autographs is meeting the person.
    And now for my good deed for the day … anyone who wants Cam Newton’s autograph for free lmk I know a Cam Newton down the street … he’s not the NFL star but what the heck it’s a Cam Newton autograph for free.

  76. naanunaanu says: Jul 12, 2012 12:24 PM

    the only Autograph that i would pay handsomely for is to one day get Ray Lewis to sign his madden cover. i got the game for Xbox and PS and i dont even own those systems. it would never go on ebay. but i remeber when the Ravens just sign boldin, i was coming back from texas, and down in the baggage claim were some ravens officials and plenty of Autographs hounds. it is a shame, hate the Ravens but they started a 16 and under rule for player autographs at training camp and other events

  77. jhtobias says: Jul 12, 2012 12:29 PM

    Why rip on cam .. If you don’t want it don’t pay for it. Simple he is a business man and if the market dictates he gets 125.00 per autograph than kudos to him .. all you haters out there should look in the mirror unless you donate your time for free. When is the last time you were asked to represent your comapny without compensation? I don’t me mean a family picnic and even then your trying to get in good with the boss for a promotion hence more pay ! Get over yourselves for not having this mans talent and capacity to earn…

  78. Slim Charles says: Jul 12, 2012 12:32 PM

    I’ll get mad at this when I see the teams giving away memorabilia for free.

  79. vader7176 says: Jul 12, 2012 1:06 PM

    Newton should charge more for the non-personalized autos. Why? Once an autographed anything is personalized is immediately garners less on the market unless you find somebody with the same name as you and who REALLY wants it.

  80. rskills says: Jul 12, 2012 1:26 PM

    You have to remember he’s doing this autograph signing on his own time, so I don’t blame the fees. I think they’re a little high, but charging in general, I am okay with. If this was a sanctioned NFL/Panther event, I’d be disappointed if they charged. Would people really expect him to go sit at a booth for a few hours and sign his name and get no compensation? Most people wouldn’t go do something related to their job in their free time without expecting some sort of compensation. I’m sure he’s getting an appearance fee just like he does many other times of the year.

  81. whateverhommie says: Jul 12, 2012 1:34 PM

    Wow…I’ve seen Hall of Famer’s charge $25-$50 for autographed lithographs or footballs. But dude is barely into his second year and has a losing record and he wants to charge THAT MUCH money?

    Now watch his handlers backtrack and say that 100% of the money was for some charity.

  82. grudenthediva says: Jul 12, 2012 1:47 PM

    “Tebow does the exact same thing but what a surprise the media don’t report on that”

    Bull. They ran stories constantly when he was conducting similar shows in Jacksonville. $175-250 a pop, and this was just out of college. Nice try, though.

    Also, I would love to know how many of these “Cam is a greedy ass; this should be free!” types are the same who worship at the altar of unfettered capitalism and decry those who want true economic fairness.

  83. Andre's Johnson says: Jul 12, 2012 1:55 PM

    If I were someone whose autograph was worth buying or selling, I’d be more interested in preserving the rarity of my signature rather than sharing the windfall.

    This seems like a better idea:

    Hold a lottery for charity. Five bucks per ticket. The first fifty names drawn in the raffle get the autograph for no extra charge. This preserves the specialness of the signature and assures that the funds go where they are needed.

  84. mjkelly77 says: Jul 12, 2012 2:14 PM

    newton is a spoiled, conceited, selfish wannabe.

  85. metrocritical says: Jul 12, 2012 2:48 PM

    Please, can somebody explain why anyone would make the effort, let alone the expenditure, to get someone’s signature on anything other than a check, contract, conveyance or deed? Do people really need to validate their own worth by obtaining token proof that a celebrity acknowledged their existence for a fleeting moment? And then we empower those very same celebrities to profit off this longing for validation? We live in a really odd society.

  86. yizudien says: Jul 12, 2012 3:03 PM

    Stuff like this is why the NFL and pro-sports in general is seeing a decline. Yes the point if valid that you can find this stuff on ebay all the time, but for those of us with kids that look up to these people to charge 125 bucks and advertise the event is putting parents in a bad spot. If you have three kids and they all want to meet and get an autograph thats 375 dollars, for get going to games and anything else at that point.

    Put an age restriction on the event or accept that this comes with the territory. I like it when you goto a baseball game early and the players are lined up around the dugouts signing stuff for kids, thats the thing they remember. My daughter will be a Joe Mauer fan for the rest of her life because he signed her ball at the game. Vikiings do a great job with a fan meet and greet in mankato, she enjoys that.

    As a result we buy Jerseys, team balls, and other merchandise and watch the games. (Twins, Wild, and Vikings). If they charged for autographs or to meet them, that wouldnt happen and they would miss out on that revenue.

  87. maximusprime107 says: Jul 12, 2012 3:12 PM

    I get where Fowler is coming from, but I can’t agree. I wish we lived in a world where everyone asking for an autograph was an innocent kid who wanted a memento to savor the thrill of meeting his hero, and where every athlete was delighted to sign for every fan who asked. But the reality is we don’t live in that world. We live in a world where people who ask athletes for autographs turn around and sell them on eBay, and a world where famous athletes can’t go out in public without being mobbed by autograph hounds.

    ———————————————

    I have no problem with it for this fact
    There were going to be way more adults trying to get his autograph than kids trying to make some money off of him, so you want to do it it’ll cost you

  88. cmdrsmooth says: Jul 12, 2012 3:13 PM

    Personalized should be free, not more. Does it hurt his hand to write someone else’s name?

    If instead of charging for an autograph, you can only get on if you purchase a jersey or other sports store items, that should be enough. Charging for just the autograph? Come on man! If some one wants more than one autograph or didn’t purchase something or came back in line a second time(kick him out) then at can see this charge.

  89. bayouboy2 says: Jul 12, 2012 5:08 PM

    I think people may be jumping to conclusions here. I saw nothing in the article that said Cam was the one charging for the autographs. Most times when athletes sign with sponsors they have to commit to a certain number of appearances like this one. The article also doesn’t mention where the money is headed. It may very well be headed to some one’s fat bank account. However it is equally possible that some of it is headed to a charity. I just don’t see if enough facts to justify all of the cunclusion jumping on here.

  90. tweeter75 says: Jul 12, 2012 10:02 PM

    “But that doesn’t sit well with everyone. Charlotte Observer columnist Scott Fowler takes Newton to task for charging for his signature, saying that it’s a false step for a guy who usually comes across as sincerely grateful for the position he’s in as a sports superstar, and happy to engage with his fans.”

    ==============================

    The key phrase being “Comes across as”.

  91. fdugrad says: Jul 13, 2012 12:29 AM

    Of course he has a right to charge for his signature. That being said, the entire process is not very classy regardless which side of the table one stands/sits.

  92. goatlava says: Jul 13, 2012 3:42 PM

    I don’t understand why anyone would want this D-Bags autograph anyway. Some of you will say because he’s so great but noone is great after only their rookie year. I bet this guy charges his mother rent for the house he bought for her.

  93. steeltuff says: Jul 15, 2012 8:32 PM

    The public perception is going to make him look bad. When you’re making so much money as a pro athlete, you don’t have to stoop so low, especially in an economy where many people are hurting. C’mon, man . . . make some kids happy without running all the way to the bank. You’re taken care of well . . . act like a professional.

  94. jwreck says: Jul 16, 2012 11:00 AM

    Granted, I’m only expressing my opinion on this issue because it’s in the PFT “most commented” box, and if people were willing to pay 125 dollars for my autograph, I might do the same thing: I don’t know, I’ve never had to make that choice.

    That said, consider this: Michael Phelps, who receives no money for being a professional athlete, has made enough money through endorsements to live comfortably for the rest of his life. Cam Newton appears in twice as many commercials as Phelps ever has, on top of receiving an enormous salary for being a professional athlete. Obviously, therefore, Newton does not need this autograph money, which makes it hard to justify extorting fans for the right to show their adoration of Newton and the Panthers.

  95. richiebburg says: Jul 17, 2012 9:05 AM

    The thing that makes me most mad everytime I hear these stories is the fact that these rich scumbags forget who actually are the ones paying their salaries to begin with. It’s all the fans paying to go to the game, paying for a 10 dollar beer, buying your ridiculously priced 100 dollar Nike jersey etc etc. Hope he is having a good time now because the Panthers are 8-8 this year at best.

  96. krakyahead says: Jul 17, 2012 7:16 PM

    Last time the super bowl came to Detroit me and about 40 kids waited patiently for Chad Johnson to finish his ESPN interview on his way in he told us “after the interview” so he walks up to us and keeps going i say cmon Chad you going to disappoint all these kids? He says sorry man Rosenhouse (his agent Drew Rosenhouse) wont allow me to sign anything for “free” i about spit in his face making us all believe he was going to sign then being a jerk .

  97. nepaseahawk says: Jul 18, 2012 12:19 PM

    mr newton your my favorite player in the nfl im just so excited to get your autograph and meet you…….yeah whatever kid that’ll be 500,000 dollars please

  98. jacksprat57 says: Jul 18, 2012 8:15 PM

    beckzhere:

    Here’s what you’re ignoring. Cam is going to spend 2-1/2 hours of his limited free time, plus travel and whatnot.

    If there’s nothing in it for him, why ever would he do it? Would you? NO! You’d be out on the lake, dude, or hip deep in some fine young thing.

    Admit it.

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