Professional Athletes are Not Overpaid

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Every day people around the world complain about professional athletes salaries. Even though the top athletes make millions of dollars every year, the majority of athletes do not make any more than the average working class citizen. There are also many risks along with the job, and job security is very unstable. Expenses and taxes also limit the amount of money an athlete makes. Tax rates are extremely high for the men and women who participate in professional sports. The salaries of athletes such as Rafael Nadal and Drew Brees may seem to be a bit to high, but with all the factors that take money away from them they are not so high. Athletes impact global, national, and local economies tremendously. Joel Brandenberger states, "From the professional level to college, high school and grade school participants, male and female athletes are playing games that spur revenue for their communities, cities, and ultimately their state." Around $14.3 billion a year is brought in by the sports industry in earnings. About 456,000 jobs are created by the sports industry with an average income of $39,000 per job (Burrow 1). One state that is highly impacted by professional sports is the state of Florida. According to the Florida Sports Foundation, the sport industry in Florida has grown from a $16 billion industry in 1999 to about a $36 billion industry over the years (Brandenberger 1). Sports brings in millions of tourists and fans to Florida each year; this allows hotels, restaurants, and other businesses to benefit from the teams. Over 430,000 jobs have been given to Floridians by the sports industry. Jobs created by by the sports industry include media positions, officials, sales representatives, vendors, and thousands of other direct a... ... middle of paper ... ...d Jobs First. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Apr. 2014. . Saporta, Maria . "Impact study: Atlanta Braves a $100 million home run for state economy." SaportaReport. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Apr. 2014. . Schwartz, Nick. "The average career earnings of athletes across America's major sports will shock you." Detroit Free Press. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Apr. 2014. . "Youth Sports Injuries Statistics." Statistics. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2014. . "5 Most Devastating Sports Injuries." Men's Fitness. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Apr. 2014. .

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