Athletes Overpaid

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In today’s society many will argue whether or not professional athletes are overpaid. In the present time athletes are being paid phenomenally large amounts of money for their entertainment. It is my claim that all professional athletes are overpaid because they do not offer society an essential function that improves or enhances our world in comparison to other professionals such as medical doctors, lawyers, and teachers. Society does not value entertainment enough to warrant such high salaries such as those of many professional athletes. There is no reason that these athletes should demand these tremendous amounts of money. This is why you have to put into question their reasoning for demanding such high salaries.

When addressing the value of entertainment, there is without a doubt, that we as a society value entertainment highly. But there is no reason that these athletes, who are here to merely entertain us, get paid higher wages than those that save our lives and teach us such as medical doctors and teachers. I find it ridiculous that players make millions of dollars a year, and yet demand more. The entertainment that these athletes provide is solely entertainment; it is not essential to the function or productivity of society. If I were to become a professional football player I would not complain about my salary for many reasons. I am playing the sport that I love and getting paid for it. The minimum wage for football is well over $100,000 a year, as is for many professional sports. These reasons by their lonesome are enough to warrant that the salary professional athletes are paid is suffice.

Athletes are paid large amounts of money. It can also be argued whether or not these large sums of money have somewhat “spoiled” these athletes into settling for nothing less then what they think is a sufficient contract. In an article from the New York Times Patrick Ewing quotes “with the money I’m making now I can’t afford to support my family.” (E13). This comment is ridiculous; there is no way that a multi-millionaire should have a problem supporting their family. These athletes have to set their priorities logically and realistically, a person doesn’t “need” a multi-million dollar estate they just want one; this is what angers me. Another aspect that can be touched upon is whether or not they respect the people who provide their paychecks; those being their fans.

Athletes argue that they are role models for children and endorse products. This is true, but it is what goes along with the job. I would be prod if I knew that billions and billions of young impressionable children wanted to be just like me. You should not have to be paid to be a role model, there is no reason that one should be negative, commit crimes, and do “bad” things regardless of you being an athlete or not. It should be an honor to be praised and loved by billions, this is why I feel the reasoning of the professional athletes that demand higher wages are illegitimate.

The value of entertainment in our society is arguable. We as a society constantly search for new ways to entertain ourselves; professional sports are a major contribution to our source of entertainment. If those who support athletes and their sports have no problem paying to see them, then there should be no problem when an athlete asks for higher pay, because it is the fans who make their paycheck.

Athletes should be able to demand higher pay because they pose as role models, help sell products through endorsements and have shorter careers. For example a star basketball player such as Michael Jordan made many contributions to the city of Chicago. Jordan brought publicity to the city, people traveled from various place to see him perform, and many tremendous amounts of money for the owner of the Chicago Bulls. Also, Michael Jordan had a major influence on the sale of Nike brand sneakers and apparel. Athletes such as Michael Jordan are the...
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