• Yes they are

    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.

  • Athletes Are Overpaid

    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.

  • They are barely doing anything.

    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.

  • High athlete salaries are a load of crap.

    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.

  • Yes they are.

    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.

  • We waste our country's money on paying athletes.

    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.

  • Yes, do they really need that much money?

    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.

  • Over rated and paid

    I believe that athletes are extremely over payed for what they claim is their job. Most players get a minimum of 2.5 million dollars per season and with their years of experience and their skills that number ranges. It can go lower or it can go extremely higher than where it needs to be. I believe 5 Millionn or less depending on how good they are should be their pay.

  • They deserve a high salary, but not too high

    Most famous people nowadays should not be paid the salaries they make. Our society values the wrong professions- doctors who work hours in a hospital to save lives do not make a tenth of what a famous, endorsed athlete makes. That being said, I think that an athlete does deserve to make more than a singer/actress/Hollywood worker, because their profession requires complete devotion, timeless practice, and intense focus to perfect their craft in a way that almost no other profession does. Athletes devote hours to practice, perfect their technique, and maintain a competitive mentality.

  • I think they are honestly,

    Armed forces put their lives on the line every day. The men in uniform should make more money because they are making a change everyday when they go to work. One day they could go to work and not come back so they are taking a bullet for are freedom. They should definitely get paved more. The athletes should get played less.

  • No because they are heroes for children.

    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.

  • No. I don't think athletes are overpaid. It is a demanding position.

    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."

  • Supply And Demand

    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.

  • No, most are not.

    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.

  • Athletes deserve all the money they earn

    Giancarlo stanton of the miami marlins signed a 13 year, 325 million dollar contract roughly making 13 million dollars a year. All that money are at the fruits of his labor though. He will work 9 months and get 3 days off each month (league minimum) if he doesnt get selected for the all star game he will get a week off in july. The months of november, december and january he will get off. The largest stretch he will be away from his home and family will be 12 days. Not only is he pushing himself to his physical limits every day for 9 months it is also mentally tasking being away from your friends and family for those long stretches

  • No athletes are not overpaid

    No, athletes are not overpaid. Some might question or believe really anyone can hit a ball with a stick or run after a ball, so what makes them more worthy of all those zeros they supposedly have on a check? To some especially to young children who aspire to be professional athletes someday don't look at these professional athletes as just someone who hits a ball with a stick. To those children professional athletes are idols, role models, Heroes etc. professional athletes give those children motivation to be the best athlete possible. Also, just like the rest of us athletes work on a daily basis .Athletes have to keep in shape, mentally and physical. Even on their days off their still working hard to keep in shape. Athletes also work through insane schedules especially when it come to traveling and figuring out hotel- living situations. They also spend less time with their families, especially on major holiday events. Think about it other entertainers get paid more like Beyoncé for example. They are both are entertainment for people they just entertain people in a different way. So why does Beyoncé get paid more? Because people have made her queen B?, because she's more entertaining to watch? Etc. Athletes are only taking money that they are promised on their contracts given to them by their bosses . In a free market society athletes are paid what the consumer is willing to pay.

  • Free Market Wins

    We might not like that an athlete makes more than a teacher, social worker, or someone whom we see as truly contributing to society. However, in a free market society, athletes are paid exactly what the consumer is willing to pay. It is not forced by the government. It is truly the free market at work. It does say a lot about what we value as a society.

  • Other entertainers are getting WAY MORE!

    People like Beyonce and Ellen Degenerous are getting paid a lot more than athletes. Beyonce gets paid around 405 million dollars a year, while LeBron James gets around 19.6 million. Plus, the athletes are only taking the money that they are promised in contracts given to them by their bosses. So you can only blame them for only so much of the money issue.

  • Athletes are awesome

    Athletes are the people that keep us entertained but actors get paid more then athletes and athletes get injured more then actors so do not hate athletes and actors get overpaid if anything. So all you who wish they can make the same amount of money learn how to play practice all day every day.

  • They deserve what they earn.

    Athletes are not overpaid because they are rarely found people who got talent and they are making business,we pay them. First of all, they are unique, they do what other people can't do. They push harder than everyone to overcome the phsical limitations. Doing this requires a totally different working life. Their job is something deserves a lot of money. Secondly they aint earning Money by bullying or forcing people. They are making a real business and earn. Furthermore we pay money with our constent. They are in entertainment business. Athletes deserve what they got. If somebody is say,ng that they are overpaid, he/she can go adn do the same things athletes do. He will earn too, but only if he can do whay they do.

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