I think backup players on a pro sports team should NOT get paid if all they do is lay around, warming the bench. If he does play he should get paid, however if he doesn't he should not get his contract paid since all he or she is going to do is sit around and not win a championship for the team's owner. It's a waste of money if all he or she sits around. The starters should get paid only, especially if they win a MVP award.
My opponent seems to not understand the role of a backup player. Con seems to think that teams hire unskilled people to sit around and do nothing. This is simply false. Two things wrong with this: Backup players PRACTICE. Like, as much as starters. They put in the effort and are an asset to the team. The second thing is that Con's argument could be transferred to this: If you don't get money back from insurance you shouldn't have to pay premiums. This is wrong on so many levels. Backup players work, and therefore should get paid.
If a backup player practices, however does not play you should not pay him instead, pay a tiny bit like a one year contract and pay him a few thousand dollars that would be reasonable. If a starter becomes injured and the backup players is fantastic like Yasiel Puig or Nick Foles then you pay then big money. However if they just sit around, no money for them.
Con seems to think that a backup player practicing is worth a few thousand dollars a year. The backup player works FULL-TIME doing physical labor. How does this deserve a few thousand a year? Notice Con subtlety changed his argument from no pay to a little pay. They work, they provide a valuable resource for their team, therefore they should get paid.
Reasons for voting decision: Pro won when he said "If you don't get money back from insurance you shouldn't have to pay premiums." This is a perfect analogy, and although I actually liked Con's argument in the second round, about only paying when the player actually plays, Pro made great arguments against that.
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