Persuasive Essay "Pro Athletes Salaries""

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Topic: Professional athletes are overpaid

Specific purpose: To convince my audience not to support and glorify pro athletes.

Thesis: Nobody should be paid millions for entertainment while others that do an important job as teachers are underpaid.


A.Attention material/ Credibility Material: Wouldn't it be great to make 31.3 million dollars a year and an additional 47 million dollars in endorsements simply to play a game? Michael Jordan, along with many other professional athletes thinks so. In the 1996 season, playing 3,106 minutes Michael Jordan made 170,000 dollars a day whether he played or not, equalling out to be 160 dollars a second. Even more unbelievable are Mike Tyson's earnings in his match with Peter McNeeley in his comeback from prison. In a single second, he made 280,000 dollars. The fight lasted 89 seconds. Tyson earned $25 million plus $500,000 in expenses for one of the shortest fights in history.

B.Tie to the audience: Now, my question to you is. Do these athletes really deserve all that money?

C.Thesis and Preview: Today I’d like to talk to you about first, professional athletes’ salaries, what is wrong with it, second, how this can be fixed, and finally, how this affects us.

[Transition into body of speech]: I will start by telling you about the need for athletes’ salaries to be reduced.


A.The world but also Canada needs skilled workers to keep its economy growing.

1.The problem is that skilled trades’ positions are the hardest to fill. There is an insufficiency of skilled workers, people choose jobs that are paid more and thus a sphere of the economy lacks professionals. The money should be more equally divided for each profession. If each job will be paid equally people will follow careers that they like not that are paid more. That way there will not be an insufficiency of teachers or firefighters or social workers and so on.

a.In today's society, one will be paid more if their job is more economically important. However, teaching is one of the most economically important occupations because our future economy relies on the education of its youth, yet teachers are paid much less than the average professional athlete.

b.The U.S President makes decisions that affect economy of an entire nation and yet he only makes 400,000 dollars a year. I am talking about Barack Obama. The minimum salary for a rookie NFL player is $300,000/year. So the rookie who never seemed to learn to pass or block and spends most of his season sitting on the bench made three-quarters of the money paid the man in charge of a government of 300 million citizens.

c.Professional athletes do not play near as vital role in the economy as the president, but their salaries reflect otherwise. These games are supposed to be played for fun, not for millions of dollars.

2.Professional athletes spend extravagant amounts of money every day causing them to be broke before they get to the next paycheck.

a.They live paycheck to paycheck even if they make one or two million dollars a year. Athletes have to hire managers to manage their money. This is partly because they don't appreciate how hard it is to make a dollar and they don’t value the money.

b.Mike Tyson, estimated lifetime earnings: $300-400 million. At one point, Tyson was worth less that $700 dollars. In 2010 in his interview with Barbara Walters and the ladies of ‘The View,’ Tyson, revealed without any shame that he is “totally destitute and broke.” When asked how he got to such a low point, Mike Tyson responded, “I had a lot of fun. It just happened.”

c.According to Herb Greenberg, American journalist, “It's a bad thing because, for example, the average NBA career lasts 6.2 years and it's half that for the NFL. Unfortunately most athletes won't realize until it is too late. They spend enormous money and by the end of their career they end up broke despite the millions earned.”

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