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Should Athletes Get Paid More Than Doctors?

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Started: 2/26/2012 Category: Sports
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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zhaneb12

Con

Athletes should not get paid more than doctors because doctors are the backbone of the worlds health. Yes, athletes provide us with entertainment but without doctors their physical condition would be poor. Doctors support athletes over all well being. We should give credit to doctors, because not only do they help athletes they perform more significant tasks. This ranges from child birth to solving medical mysteries. In conclusion a Doctors profession is way more important than a jump shot!
Elysian

Pro

Hello, zhaneb12
thanks for coming up with the topic.

Economics
1. Are all athletes paid more than doctors? Doctors are paid on average 300-400 thousands annually with highest at 700k (Leigh JP, et al, October 2010). In contrast, median wage for athletes is 30-40k with the top 25 percentile at 35k (according to CNNMoney.com)
The hype therefore is grossly misreprensitive of the average athletes in the states, since only the average wages of NFL reported at 700k

2. Both professions are quite dissimilar. It is akin to comparing apples to oranges. Hence, consumers demand for their goods are naturally asymmetrical.
Going to classical economics, both their wages should be at equilibrium to what consumers are willing and able to pay for the supply of their respective labour.

Social
3. Most athlete put in great sacrifice in terms of conditioning and polishing their ability. Although doctors spend an average of 45h per week and 4 years med school (Dorsey, 2003), athlete trains closer to 70-80h per week(G Kentta, et al, 2001)

4. Apart from entertainment value, athlete provide a larger-than-life model for people as inspiration and athlete tries and surpass his or her limitation, so too would the spectator apply that image upon themselves (AJ Bush, et al, 2004).



References
Leigh JP, Tancredi D, Jerant A, Kravitz RL (October 2010). "Physician wages across specialties: informing the physician reimbursement debate". Arch. Intern. Med. 170 (19): 1728–34. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2010.350. PMID 20975019.
Dorsey. JAMA, Vol 290(9).Sept 3, 2003.1174.
G Kentta, P Hassmen, J. S. Raglin (2001) Int J Sports Med 2001; 22(6): 460-465 DOI: 10.1055/s-2001-16250
AJ Bush, CA Martin, VD Bush (2004) Journal of Advertising 44 : pp 108-118 Copyright © 1960-2004, The ARF DOI: 10.1017/S0021849904040206
Debate Round No. 1
zhaneb12

Con

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Elysian

Pro

It a pity that the round was forfeited.
Since this is a five round debate, I will wait for your arguments.
Debate Round No. 2
zhaneb12

Con

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Elysian

Pro

Since zhaneb12 has forfeited again, i am willing to address any concerns in the comments.
Debate Round No. 3
zhaneb12

Con

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Pro

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Debate Round No. 4
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Elysian

Pro

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Posted by nonentity 2 years ago
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Yikes, sorry I missed the voting period :/
Posted by nonentity 2 years ago
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Favourited. I agree with Con but so far Pro has presented better arguments. Hopefully Con doesn't continue to forfeit :)
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