Athletes are extremely overpaid in the US. There is no reason that an entertainer, be they athlete, singer, or movie star, should make more than the people who are fighting and dying for our country. They also shouldn't make more than the men and women who serve our communities as police, firefighters or paramedics. I do believe that they should make enough money to live on, as being a full time athlete leaves no time for a job, but it's disgraceful that one quarterback in the NFL may make more in a single season that what a rural city pays their entire police department in a year.
My father is a logger, and works twice as hard then the average athlete, and he doesn't even get a eighth of what the average athlete does, I feel likes that it is just unfair. I believe that athletes get over payed, there are lots of people in the world who are working really hard, just to get food on the table for their family. While you have famous basketball players going out to a fancy restaurant every night for dinner. You have little kids starving, and trying to help out their parents some little boys have to take on the dad role, because their father died or ran away, and famous athletes just going out to eat, and not even working hard! It's crazy things like this that make the world one of the thoughtless places.
While yes some athletes are well known and have tons of fans what about those bench warmers who are still getting paid millions on dollars. Those funds could go to the fire fighter risking his/her life or to that teacher empowering your kids with the knowledge they need not to some bench warmer who no one know.
Athletes are good at just one thing; but do they deserve to be paid a seven-figure salary a year? No. They need not worry about their expenses, unlike those who are barely making a two-figure salary and work harder and longer. The money that they get could easily go to a better cause.
They should play for the love of the sport not for the money, and all their expenses are paid for. If their reason for playing is for money they should be banned.The average person makes $50,000. The average NHL player make $800,000 in their rookie year alone. It's ridiculous and should be stopped.
I mean, I love sports as much as anyone, but I still think that athletes are being bribed almost with all the money they are paid. If anything, we should pay our soldiers more. They defend our country 24/7 while athletes only entertain us for about an hour or two each day.
If a pro baseball player gets paid 13 million dollars a year, does he really need that much money? Certainly, much, much more of that 13 million could be used for something else, more valuable and useful than just one baseball player. Also, if that player has been playing for, let's say, 5 years, that adds up to 35 million. That money could be funding schools, wildlife reservations, our troops, but no, it's spent all on professional entertainers! Yes, their job is a big demand, and yes, they are entertainers, but they honest-to-god don't need that much money. They don't need fancy things, or a big house, or expensive clothes, and neither do their family. This money that we are carelessly wasting on these people could be used for much more useful cause.
Athletes are paid millions and blow through it like pocket change. Some people struggle their entire leaves and never see $100,000 and athletes blow through millions. All athletes could live fine from decent pay without mansions, fancy cars, and clothes. Athletes are paid more to protect a football than a man protecting his country.
Athletes are overpaid because everyone and I mean everyone can do what they do they just run catch a ball or hit a ball with a bat or stick. It's not fair that they get paid over things people can do outside. So what they should do is pay them the same amount a doctor makes or less.
Athletes chose what they want to do in life and therefore gain great enjoyment from what they do. The average Doctor saves an average of 535 lives on their working life and yet only receive an average of 75,000 to 250,000 dollars a year in comparison to Tiger Woods who was paid a sum of 2 million dollars recently at a European Tour event in Dubai for just showing up, not forgetting the thousand he made in winnings.
Are professional athletes entitled to a high salary? Yes. They work hard, and the people who watch them are inspired. But what I find absurd is that some make tens of millions of dollars, while our teachers, firemen, and police don't even come close. Let's say that an athlete makes 15 million dollars a year. I know their job is demanding, but a being a doctor is demanding. Being a carpenter is demanding! But the people who save lives and who build our infrastructure aren't paid millions per year.
That's why we need to raise taxes on people making that much. Let's say that a person who makes 10 million has to pay 50% in taxes. In fact, let's make that 1 million. What does that person have left over? 500,000. Plenty to live a luxurious life in New York City. No one needs that money when schools and assistance to the poor are in dire need of funding.
A professorial athlete represents much more then just someone who hits a ball with a stick, or runs up and down a field. These athletes are idols, role models for impoverished and upper-class children alike. They provide motivation for children that would otherwise not have it, and with an athlete these children are given the chance to take a step into the world and make a name for themselves.
While they do get paid much larger sums of money than the average person, this is just the way sports economics is currently setup. Ultimately, it is the paying fans supplying the money for these athletes' pay checks; and whether they may realize it or not, they make demands upon franchise owner to pick the players most likely to win. At the end of the day, though, I do hope that all players follow the philosophy of the fictional Roy Hobbs: "I play to win."
Athletes are not overpaid. Not even close in my opinion. They put their bodies on the line to entertain people, so I think the pay is justified. Many forget that athletes are entertainers and if there is a demands for their particular sport, then of course they should be compensated a lot.
It is really only the big stars of the major sports who are overpaid and who get big endorsement deals and huge multi-year contracts. Average players in baseball and football make a good salary for the talent they have and the work they put in. Consider how grueling a 162-game MLB season can be for a player. And in the case of less prestigious sports like volleyball or rowing or lacrosse, most athletes barely make any money if they do at all.
It's a fairly easy argument to win from a business standpoint. A big name big salary professional athlete generates a large fan base who buy their merchandise and team merchandise not to mention ticket sales go up and make the organization or business a lot mor than the 10 million that they pay the guy every year. Personally i don't think if I were Michael Jordan I would appreciate the Chicago Bulls organization making a few billion dollars of of my name and ability while paying me 50,000 a year to make them 50,000,000 a year? Are we to assume that the organizations should profit billions of dollars off these people and they make a normal blue collar salary? I honestly feel that anyone on the yes column that athletes are overpaid take a look at why the salaries are so crazy, and to do that you have to look in the front office and find the rich CEO who makes ten times what all the athletes combined in his organization do. He does this by marketing entertainment that the American public eat up and buy, it's called smart business, becoming successful and living the American dream. I don't make a lot of money, I struggle from time to time but I'm smart enough to realize business is business, and the bottom line is that in a very profitable business you get paid what your worth to your employer.
Athletes have a lot of wait on there shoulders. They have to preform at there sport, be a role model and behave like a hero at all time. If your a big star such as a Lebron James and Payton Manning you are being watched with everything you do. It is a lot of pressure that not a lot can handle.
I clearly dont think that athletes are not overpaid because their taxes are higher. Also, everyday they get up early for training, sweat, shower, eat, etc... More of what they do, really pays off everything. Also, most of the athletes donate a portion of their income to charities and foundations.
They dont give up. There whole childhood they work hard to make it to the top. When they are finally at the top they can relax. You can try to become a athlete. Its not easy. Thats why not everyone is a athlete. Its not easy. At all. They spend there whole childhood trying to become what they are today. I think they are perfectly paid.
Athletes are open to all scrutiny from the public. They are also limited in what they can do out of their job. Imagine if you werent allowed out on the weekend after a hard weeks work and if you do go out your risk losing your job. This is just some of the restraints professional athletes live their life under these are just some of the reasons why athletes are not overpaid.
It's true that athletes get a ridiculous amount of money. But that amount is for medical bills, and house mortgage. Mostly athletes get head traumas and for fixing that that need a surgery and that cost's a lot. Without insurance it's 35000 and 40000 and that's without physical therapy and to replace anything like a synthetic joint.
The money they get is the money we spend to watch them play, also with the food we get at the games and anything else we might buy while attending. So for the people that say that the athletes are over paid, just remember that the money they get is the money you spend.
I do not believe that athletes are overpaid, being a professional athlete is not as easy as you think, 1 severe injury and your career can be ruined. I believe that it benefits the city and really the United States as a whole. Professional athletes have a job, and they get paid for it.
While yes they do get paid more than the average working man their careers are shorter and dangerous. The average athlete's career is over by 28. The average life span of an American male is 84. Also, the fans are willing to pay, supply and demand. Lastly, the sport industry generate billions of dollars, and athletes are the grunt workers that make the industary tick and if you take a step back and look the athletes are only getting a small fraction of the overall earnings.
Athletes are not overpaid at all with the exception of a handful. Our economy (not great to begin with) would be in a much worse place without sports. Everyone pays to see games and the revenue they bring in is outstanding. How can you say they make too much just because you aren't them? The work a pro-athlete puts in is ridiculous.
Athletes put their body at risk to entertain the crowd, and to help the team win. Some rookies in the NFL have had career ending injuries in their first game as a player, and the money they got guaranteed went into the surgeries and treatment they needed. They are in major risk of injuries at all times, and they get all of that money for a good reason.