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Professional Athletes are Overpaid for their “Jobs”

November 29, 2007
By Anonymous

Professional athletes are extremely overpaid for the “jobs” that they do. They only entertain for a living and get paid millions of dollars, in some cases, to do so. These athletes are paid for jobs that they only do for a certain number of games and do not even play the games over the course of an entire year. In most professional sports, they play in games for only a few months and then have a few months off. They do practice every day, but is that worth millions of dollars?

Athletes work only a few months out of the year, playing a limited number of games. For example, NFL football players, some of the highest paid professional athletes, only play sixteen regular season games, four preseason games and a maximum of four post season games, giving them a total of 24 games on the season. NBA players, on the other hand, do play a substantial number of games; they play 82 regular season games, and up to 28 postseason games. In Major League Soccer, the teams play 30 regular season games with a chance of five post season games. David Beckham is one of the highest paid players in the history of soccer and definitely the highest paid in MLS; he was paid 250 million dollars to play for five years and ended up getting hurt in one of his first games. I think that is absurd and a waste of money.

Most athletes are getting paid ridiculous amounts for short term contracts; for example Beckham is getting paid 25 million dollars a year for five years, and most people would not make that in their lifetimes. One of the main reasons that ticket prices are so high is that the fans have to pay for the “all-star” salaries. I think that the professional leagues should just start to pay their players normal salaries or at least substantially less than what they are getting now. I realize that practicing for months, day-after-day, would definitely take a toll on one’s body, but I don’t think that that is worth getting millions of dollars for. If the player’s salaries were lower, then ticket prices would also probably be lower and more fans would come.

What do professional athletes actually do for their “job”? They run around playing children’s games, shooting balls into baskets, hitting a ball back and forth, running down the field. The only reason they are there is to entertain people. Athletes aren’t even being acquired because of their skill level any more; it’s all about popularity and how much money that person can bring to that team by attracting more fans, meaning more money. Sure, most professional athletes work hard for a few months out of the year, but what are they doing when they aren’t working? Most likely they are out partying and getting into trouble, because they feel they can just pay off whoever they get in trouble with, using their insanely high salaries.

Some people might say that athletes need to be paid as much as they are because of their high risk of injuries. In some ways I think the athletes deserve to be paid well because they do entertain, and some do play a high number of games with risk of injury. However, the athletes can only be paid high amounts if fans have to pay huge ticket prices to see them play. Lower the ticket cost, lower the players’ salaries, it’s that simple. I’m not saying that the salaries should be lowered to $50,000, but they should be lowered to under a million per player, and if a player feels they need that much money because of injuries; maybe, they shouldn’t play if they are that injury prone. Continuing to pay these players high salaries means they will just want more and more money.

Basically, most professional athletes are paid massive salaries so that they don’t complain and go on strike. They do not even have a real job; most of them will only play until their late 30s or 40s and then they will be so financially secure from their huge salaries that they won’t have to work for the rest of their lives. I believe that most professional athletes are just entertainers who are kept around only to bring in more revenue for their team. The professional leagues should drop the salaries to average salaries of people because the athletes don’t even work for half of the year so why should they be paid so much? The money athletes are being paid would be money better spent on education or paying teachers or people who do something for the community, such as firefighters or policemen, and not spent on overpaid, stuck up, little cry-babies that many of the professional athletes are. I mean, come on, who should cry and complain if they are offered 10 million dollars a year? I know I sure wouldn’t.

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This article has 28 comments.

1272006 said...
on Mar. 25 2019 at 10:08 am
1272006, Owings, Maryland
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Wow man. You've obviously never played a single sport in your life. Partying and getting into trouble? Really? This isnt the life of Justin Beiber. When athletes are not on the field/court, they're spending every hour practicing and making sure they're spot on for their games. They may not deserve 80 million in 5 years, but they work hard every day since childhood to do these things. It takes dedication for that. Next time you decide to dis something and write an article about it, use some information and facts instead of your opinions. All your doing is getting yourself laughed at.

on Mar. 1 2018 at 2:26 pm
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Ryan said...
on Feb. 18 2018 at 11:38 pm
Love how most of the comments are 11 years late. And how despite the rules saying that commentors need to be constructive... they're not.

Ryan said...
on Feb. 18 2018 at 11:38 pm
Love how most of the comments are 11 years late. And how despite the rules saying that commentors need to be constructive... they're not.

Ryan said...
on Feb. 18 2018 at 11:38 pm
Love how most of the comments are 11 years late. And how despite the rules saying that commentors need to be constructive... they're not.

on Feb. 16 2018 at 9:02 am
Name 1 athlete not acquired for skill

on Feb. 16 2018 at 8:55 am
Football can not be compared with basketball for number of games

Robert said...
on Feb. 16 2018 at 8:51 am
Wow this article is bad. Calling athletes cry babies and entertainment this person has clearly never played a sport in there lives and has probably sat on a computer for their whole lives. Athletes work unbelievably hard to get to the highest level. They have been dreaming of this for there whole lives and u call them entertainment. They play sports cause they love it most athletes would take a championship over any sum of mone. While there not playing athletes aren’t partying there working hard going to the gym and preparing for next season . If the contracts where lowered than the not so god athletes would get paid almost nothing like 10k a year maybe lower u need to have price ranges or the pay will be to low. This article is a disgrace and is by far the worst that I read in a long timt

star said...
on Jan. 24 2017 at 1:58 pm
this was good

on Jan. 11 2017 at 10:17 am
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school suck :-( :-)

guset said...
on Jan. 11 2017 at 10:16 am

jzfs said...
on Sep. 10 2016 at 8:44 pm
@ 1234567890plo You are so uneducated on sports it makes me life. You know HOW athletes bring in fans? by being good at what they do. Fans come to see LeBron and curry because they're terrific and entertaining players. you know how they got there? hard work and dedication. It's not hard to become a police officer or a teacher, someone with the most basic of intellect can become an elementary school teacher. It's hard to become an athlete. and people like watching them. that's why they get paid like they do

Zane said...
on Sep. 10 2016 at 7:04 pm
Athletes contribute little and are paid too much. It is unfair to those who get paid less and contribute more.

Zane said...
on Sep. 10 2016 at 7:04 pm
Athletes contribute little and are paid too much. It is unfair to those who get paid less and contribute more.

ggtrickster said...
on May. 18 2016 at 8:42 pm
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before i say anything, your opinion is fine, there is nothing wrong with it and it's fine to state and defend it, but that also means that i can do the same. So i know athletes should be paid decently, but i did some research and learned that athletes are paid more than the president (president is paid $800,000/yearly), they have to lower the salaries of athletes it is just fatuous what they get paid now

hfisch BRONZE said...
on Apr. 27 2016 at 7:34 am
hfisch BRONZE, Bordentown, New Jersey
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It is extremely hard to make it on a professional sports team. The people who get "overpaid" are the ones who have a lot of talent. Some people have book smarts, but these people have a talent in sports.

on Mar. 1 2016 at 6:20 pm
Why would athletes not be recruited to bring in fans, what else would they be good for?

ananymous said...
on Feb. 25 2016 at 12:48 pm
they are way overpaid

on Jan. 3 2016 at 4:52 pm
you know why they get paid a lot, overpaid as you call it? Its called a union, the players union. In order for the league to continue year by year, the players union needs to agree to base pays, compensation, etc etc. They are overpaid because of the union and lawyers/agents involved. Its politics.

Sally sun said...
on Apr. 7 2015 at 9:46 pm
Most athletes don't make a lot of money, most of them don't even last long b.c when their contract is over, most athletes lose their job right away and the only time they renew the contact is b.c they are popular or skilled athlete. Only a few of them make money off being a professional Athlete and you have to consider time factor as well b.c when their career is over they will either retire (the one who make money) or get a normal job and get paid like your average joe. They will never earn that much money again when their career is over unless they are Michael Jordan lol. I feel they do earn it b.c people are buying their products, labels, and going to their games just to watch them play.