I really find it hard to believe that in our society, we value entertainment more than almost anything else. There are people right now in this world dying because they do not have enough money to eat and we give athletes more money than they can spend because they are good at their sport. Professional athletes are extremely good at what they do, but do they really deserve millions of dollars because they can throw, kick, hit, or shoot a ball.
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.
As the popularity of professional athletics has increased, so has the cost to render them and their players' salaries. Many of the contracts signed today are for millions of dollars. This is unreasonably exorbitant for doing something gaiety. These days sports are centered around money and not focused on the love for the game and entertaining the fans. Some economists argue the point that major league sports, their products, players, and stadiums endow millions of dollars to our economy.
Then, you couldn’t necessarily pay the major football and basketball program players more, because then it isn’t fair to the rest of these college athletes that put in the same amount of work and time into their respected sports. Another argument comes into mind when talking about athletes getting paid. They are already paid by the NCAA and universities. Just not in a form of monetary value the... ... middle of paper ... ...any monetary value for their tenure and performance in intercollegiate sports. When many people say that division one athletes are paid, they do not realize that they are already paid.
Nothing stops these athletes from making a living off of another job after their athletic career is over. These athletes have no true reason to the necessity of them earning so much money. While much of the world loves to watch their favorite sport, they do not approve of how much that they have to pay to do so. These people have demanding and important jobs, but receive no where near as much money as the athletes they watch do. Professional athletes should not get as much money as they currently are in this flawed system.
Athletes are getting what they want from the owners by negotiating through their agents. Athletes’ salaries aren’t from their owners, but they come from other sources (“Athletes’ Salary”). Athletes get paid an extremely high salary for the work they do, and should consider the value of their work. They do not deserve the extreme amount they get paid and something should by done about it. One issue that these high salaries cause is that having all this money spoils the athletes.
Some athletes sponsor charity events and lend their fame to fundraisers, while others spend their money partying and living a very lavish lifestyle. Despite a common belief that athletes are grossly overpaid, the fans continue to crave entertainment and thus provide them with the money. Athletes are overpaid. Athletes as a whole don’t offer society anything that helps improve society. Unlike doctors, policemen, firefighters, teachers and other occupations that are necessary for order and safety on a daily basis.
At least the professional athletes are making money off of them being broadcasted on national television weekly and sometimes dailey. College athletes are having big money made off of them. 11 billion dollars a year to be exact. The money that is being made could be found in their jerseys that anyone can buy, or off of the constant video and radio broadcasts being aired daily. The college athletes have absolutely no say in this matter.
What comes to mind if someone mentions entertainer or an athlete? People think of their lavish lifestyle, and their salaries are excessive. Many say that athletes and entertainers live in a care free world by all the money they make and that their job isn’t that hard to do. Although some people say that people who contribute to the society don’t make money like entertainers and athletes do, because of all the extravagant amount of money they make, the consumers would have to pay more. I feel that entertainers and athletes should be making their high salaries because they put in hard work to get to that point, freely donate to charities, and society aids their high wages.
From the view point of the fan, the actions and wages of professional athletes, teams, and their owners can be disgruntling to say the least. It is hard for a sports fan to comprehend why the rewards for players are so great even if the achievement is low and the performance of that player or team is poor as well. From the point of view of a businessman though, respect is the only word that comes to mind in relation with these contracts that are signed. Players have learned how to use their ascendancy over owners to exploit a business that has been exploiting players for decades. Athletes were not always paid more than CEOs.