Eng II Comm. Per 2
Ms. Taylor Johnston
13 November 2012
Professional Athlete Salary
Professional athletes today are being paid big bucks, and many of the athletes are being reckless with that money. Athletes should be getting a lower salary because that money could be helping so many people and causes. Soon, some natural disaster will happen in your area and there won’t be enough money due to the fact that athletes are taking it all. Athletes should be paid less because colleges are going bankrupt, it is affecting fans, and the increasing salary is starting to hurt other players. The fans of all the sports teams are being impacted. According to Ron Scherer, many problems are rising due to the rising salary for athletes. Labor strikes and problems such as the fans paying for the athlete's payroll have risen (Scherer 1). Fans should not be impacted because they are already paying to see them play at their best by watching TV. Another group, mentioned by Scherer, being affected are children. Children's futures are being twisted and fantasized. Kids hear the salaries, and that's all they want to become - professional athletes that may go down in history. Before long, your children could be having only one dream – to be an athlete, and that could impact many parents as well (Scherer 1-2). Children should have a broader job choice and should be warned of the dangers of that much money. Not only are fans being impacted, but also many other players. The increasing salary for professional athletes is affecting many minor players. According to Albert Spalding who was quoted by Stefan Fatsis, in this economy, "’bankruptcy stares every team in the face,’" but the salaries are still ridiculous. The Knicks pay Stephen Marbury $21 million to be a benchwarmer, and the giants kept Plaxico Burres on the $35 million contract even after he recklessly shot himself in the leg (Fatsis 1). Many teams have many benchwarmers, and a few star athletes. Many benchwarmers...
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