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  • 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.

  • They are ridiculously overpaid

    They do nothing for society, entertainment that they provide is nothing but an escape from reality that is not needed and can easily be replaced by another entertainment venue? Can this world survive without basketball or football or baseball? Yes it can. Can this world survive without doctors, teachers, police, firefighters? Not so much.

  • They are ridiculously overpaid

    They do nothing for society, entertainment that they provide is nothing but an escape from reality that is not needed and can easily be replaced by another entertainment venue? Can this world survive without basketball or football or baseball? Yes it can. Can this world survive without doctors, teachers, police, firefighters? Not so much.

  • Other people work hard too

    People in the sports industry are paid way more than other people. That money could go into research facilities or towards the homeless, instead of giving it to people who already have way more than they need. You can get paid well as an athlete, but they shouldn't be paid extravagantly.

  • 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.

  • It takes a lot of talent to become a professional athlete.

    From a young age athletics are put into work to become truly good. It takes a lot of work and dedication. They spend hours and hours training a day , watching what they eat because having a healthy life style is important. I mean would you like having to watch what you eat all the time.

  • No, they don't.

    Professional athletes are paid the fair amount money they have earned due to their fame, their skills, and, in some cases, their team's name. Without the incentive of high wages, athletes won't be willing to "put on a show" for their occasional viewers or fans. If all athletes were paid the same or if their work is considered like any other, then the whole sports industry would not have come this far.

  • The Law of Supply and Demand

    In order to make efficiency here possible we have to be reasonable that as more people demand professional athletes to be in teams in order to see their favorite team play there is more demand.Thus,creating the law of supply and demand in which as more people want it the higher the salary will be for the athlete.It is in terms reasonable in this economic aspect even though we don't agree totally it is in the terms of supply and demand.

  • I don't believe

    Athletes are over paid because there is only a small portion of people who can actually become professional athletes. Not everyone can be successful in being an athlete it takes hard work and dedication to get where you are. Since they do entertain people they are getting paid by the tickets being sold and by the company its not something they are just taking.

  • I don't believe

    Athletes are over paid because there is only a small portion of people who can actually become professional athletes. Not everyone can be successful in being an athlete it takes hard work and dedication to get where you are. Since they do entertain people they are getting paid by the tickets being sold and by the company its not something they are just taking.

  • Their dedication isn't cheap.

    In order to become an athlete it takes years and years of constant hard work and impeccable dedication to become successful. Athletes have gave their entire life to one sport to achieve greatness and become a star. Not to mention all the sacrifices they give to make a name for themselves. They deserve every last penny they earn.


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