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.
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Our government is sometimes short of money to give to schools, build roads, and more. But actually, they are not. A large portion of the money America has is given to professional athletes, who do nothing. The only thing they do is kick a ball, throw one, or catch one. Instead of wasting money on people who are already living comfortable lives, why not donate the money to charities?
They are not heroes for children because they use drugs and usually cheat on their "loved" ones. Most even file bankruptcy within a year or two. Besides that, they don't really do anything to contribute to the greater whole of the world. You see brave men and women risking their lives for us, earning barely anything compared to athletes. Most athletes cheat to get to where they are now by using steroids and other ability enhancing drugs. I do not know what kind of hero that is for a kid, but it is not a good one.
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.
We are not always thinking about all their surgeries they need to pay. In fact, it's still harder for the players after their career because they suffer of brain problems and are still affected by others injuries they had during their career. Try to live a year with as much injuries as they live with and you'll understand that they deserve it. In fact, the consequences of the injuries are higher that we thought.
They get paid a trillion dollars a day because they basically they are just so much better than us. When was the last time a 5'8" guy hit a baseball coming at him at 100mph and hit it 500ft? That never happens unless you are a professional and basically a god
If you look through the evolution of various sports over the past century or so, you will see a gradual increase in pay for athletes with perhaps the early 2000s being the money ball era (the true beginning of big contracts). The reason athletes look overpaid is because they are overpaid, but lest you forget we allowed this to happen and the only way it will stop is if we allow it to stop. So no they are not overpaid because we have allowed this.
Theses athletes work very hard to become as good as they are and they continue to work everyday even after they are making the amount of money that they make. They choose to play in front of huge crowds and to be at the top of their game for the people that are watching them perform. Yes they do get paid a lot but they also work for it.
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Athletes are not overpaid because they are putting their body and talent on the line to have other people entertain from it. Also they need to keep up with the supply and demand as well find a team that can reach their salary they want for being on their team.