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.
What about our teachers. They are teaching the students about what is important in life. They don't teaching us about if you sit on a bench you could get paid millions. And the army and the marines and getting paid less than a pro athlete. Give the money to the people.
Just think of all the people who risk their lives trying to save our lives and help with diseases and cancer. Athletes may entertain us, but they don't need to be paid an outrageous amount of money. Some people might say, "athletes DO risk their lives!' Well in a way they are right. But they are not saving lives or helping the environment! People need to think about what the world and other people really need instead of just wasting their money on entertainment. Give real hard workers some respect!
These professional athletes are being payed for what? To train, to play a game that is filmed, to entertain people. This is absurd! Many of these athletes are being payed 7-8 figure saleries to be on a TV screen, while we have people risking their lives and educating the next generation, but they don't make even an eighth of what these athletes make. I get a singer writing their own songs and working year-round, but what about the off season for athletes? Why are they being payed for not working?
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.
People think that it's stupid that military doesn't get paid enough compared to sports. Well we'll well y'all don't make a bit of sense. It's very simple. The sports players get paid differently than army. How? Army gets paid by the messed up government. So why involve them? That's what I wanna know
Mainly when athletes sign the contract saying yes they will play any professional sport, they are basically signing they're bodies over to the manager. Many athletes use most of their salary for their insurance, because on the pitch anything can happen. They may fracture them self, get injured etc. And their income helps them recover. Another major point why they are not overpaid is because people look up to some of these athletes. They act as role models for other people.
How hard somebody works, or how important the job is, has little bearing on someone's salary. How much revenue the employer generates is the main factor in determining its employee's salaries. For professional athletes, their salaries are paid by the teams that employ them. Since any professional sports team is a several hundred million dollar business that relies on its player for revenue, the athletes are paid handsomely.
There seems to be some absurd idea that the government is paying athlete salaries. People are complaining that money is going to professional athletes instead of teachers or members of the military, when this is clearly not true. If professional athletes salaries were drastically reduced, NO extra money would be available to pay teachers or police officers.
These athletes risk ending their careers by injury once they step onto the court or field. In addition, they are scrutinized by the media, and are criticized and have no privacy. They spend a lot of time training and pay higher taxes. Shut up you ignorant, jealous people. Try being an athlete for a day then open your nasty mouth and tell us how easy it is to be an athlete.
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.