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Blackeyedp
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comoncents
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Should soccer players get paid as much as Football players?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 10/12/2009 Category: Sports
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Debate Rounds (3)
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Blackeyedp

Pro

Everyone knows that soccer has tremendously grown in popularity but, are they getting paid as much as they deserve? According to USA today, Ben Roethlisberger with the Pittsburgh Steelers made $27.7 million in 2008. It seems to be that David Beckham is the only soccer player that makes more than that with $32 million salary. The David Beckham academy could have a role in his salary though. The average soccer player makes anywhere from $9 to $13 million a year. Now I don't know about you but, soccer is a much more strategic sport than men tackling each other. I don't dislike football because it's kind of apart of American culture but football is not really open to women or girls. Soccer is a beautiful sport and still has a competitive side to it. Soccer players spend years practicing when in football you can master in about 7-8 years. Also soccer players play about twice as much during the year. There is 2 seasons in soccer and 1 in football. So soccer players aren't only practicing more their playing more. Football players and soccer players probably work about the same, So why are the salaries different?
comoncents

Con

I would like to thank my opponent for bring up this question but must add that
He does not specify if he is talking about MLS or European soccer teams.
He specks of David beckham which plays for an American Major League Soccer club Los Angeles Galaxy

Opening argument for round 1:

Soccer is a great sport that deserves its due acknowledgment, but to put it in the same realm of football is an incorrect comparison.

1. The average length of an NFL career is about 3 and a half seasons.
http://nflplayers.com...

The average length of a soccer career is about 10 years.
http://wiki.answers.com...

2. NFL players have a more physical job. They get hit all of the time, and are prone to more injury
http://abcnews.go.com...

So should higher risk jobs pay more money?

To compare Ben roethlisberger and David beckham is comparing apples and oranges.
Ben Roethlisberger- Date of birth: March 2, 1982 (age 27)
David Beckham - Date of birth2 May 1975 (age 34)
One is in his prime of his career, while the other is on the decline.

Football is as strategic as soccer is. Between reading coverage's, blitz packages, reading the quarterback, dealing with differences in defending height, ECT. Your naivety shown in describing football as just tackling, shows that you are not equip to debate on this subject.

Thinking mastering football can be done in 7-8 years, tells me that you are ignorant to what football really is. Football is one of the most evolving sports in today's age.
Defenses change strategy every game and football is never mastered, if you have found someone that did, let me know.

You ask, "why are the salaries different?"

1. Lower time in that career
2. Higher risk job
3. A sport that is ever evolving and can never be mastered
4. It is a physically tougher sport

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http://abcnews.go.com...
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Debate Round No. 1
Blackeyedp

Pro

Blackeyedp forfeited this round.
comoncents

Con

I win due to

"Blackeyedp forfeited this round."
Debate Round No. 2
Blackeyedp

Pro

Hi sorry I didn't realize I forfited. Your points do make alot of sense some of my facts were opinoins because of lack of energy.

To start with , The average football players career lasts...

College - 4 years or seasons
Proffesional - 4 years

ok you win this subject is too hard for me to handle !!!!!!!!!!!! hope you had fun! this was my first debate on debate. org and this topic is not something I enjoy! Sorry for wasteing your time!!!
comoncents

Con

"ok you win this subject is too hard for me to handle !!!!!!!!!!!! hope you had fun! this was my first debate on debate. org and this topic is not something I enjoy! Sorry for wasteing your time!!!"

vote con.......
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by comoncents 7 years ago
comoncents
I was going in that direction but he kinda quit on me...
Posted by comoncents 7 years ago
comoncents
true
Posted by drewMurrdotCom 7 years ago
drewMurrdotCom
Why didn't anyone mention that salaries are determined by the free market? Football players get paid more because they generate more marketing revenue, that is all there is to it.
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