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Hanky18
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They should decrease the amount of money athletes make in the US

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Started: 6/5/2013 Category: Sports
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Hanky18

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The average NBA player make about $5.15 million in salary in 2010-2011.
The lowest amount an NFL player made in 2009 was at approximately $850,000 per year.
Firefighters nationwide earned an average salary of $47,720 a year in 2011.
Police officers made an average of $56,260 in 2011.
Doctors make an average of $150,000 and $200,000 in 2011.

Police officers, firefighters, and doctors, military, all risk their lives or help us everyday.
Athletes play games for our entertainment, and they make more money than the people saving our lives do. That should not be right.
By paying our athletes more than the people who create a better equality of life in our country, it shows a lack of importance and appreciation for those people.
I believe we should really start decreasing the amount we pay our athletes because their career isn't as important for the people overall as a life saving career is.
If athletes are going to get paid so much, than the military if anyone should make at least the same amount as them.
OneElephant

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I think the salary of any worker in a free market should be left up to the laws of supply, demand and risk. While it may be true that the police, the military, and firefighters risk their lives to help us every day, I think we have to acknowledge that the prerequisites for a career in the NBA is still much higher than even the prerequisite skills and education needed to become a doctor. Because these athletes are at the top of their game in a very competitive industry where the country's most capable are competing for a spot (whereas there are relatively, there are a lot more opportunities and a lot more people capable of fulfilling positions in the careers my opponent mentioned) and their position is also very unstable as even relatively minor injuries or sprains can be career ending, it makes sense that athletes get paid proportionate to the amount of risk they take to pursue that kind of career.

Additionally, I think it's unfair to say that athletes are less important to the success of a country compared to doctors and police officers, as my opponent is implying in his arguments. The sports industry is generated nearly 70 billion dollars in 2008, and even more so now. This creates tens of thousands of employment opportunities for ordinary people in places such as construction, manufacturing (sports paraphernalia), broadcasting and more. Without our athletes our Gross Domestic Product and employment rates would take a major hit, so it makes sense to value them.

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Finally, there is a basic difference between doctors and athletes I think my opponent has overlooked. Police officers and Firefighters are jobs that are paid for by the government through taxes, so the government has the authority to determine their wage. However, athletes are paid by the private industry, and their salary is proportionate to the amount of business they generate. In other words, similar to how a business is worth the amount of goods or services it can sell, athletes earn the money they make by creating customers who pay to see their games or get their endorsed products. So if by "they" in the resolution you're referring to the government, there's just an ethical problem with stepping in and taking money that the athletes earn for themselves when the government already takes so much through the progressive tax in the US.
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