Essay on Are Professional Athletes Overpaid?

2337 Words May 8th, 2012 10 Pages
Are Professional Athletes Overpaid? I grew up watching professional sports. I always wanted to grow up to be just like them and secretly, still do. However, growing up, I was never really aware of the ridiculous amounts of money that the athletes earned and in the past few years I have been hearing many people complaining about how much the athletes make. According to my survey, 30 percent of people surveyed believe that athletes are overpaid. Honestly, I expected it to be more than that since I hear so much about the salaries of the athletes. I, myself, have always believed that professional athletes are not overpaid so I wanted to do research and be able to have more reasoning behind my opinion. I also would like to makes it so that …show more content…
Sadly, that is not how it works though. We live in too much of a consumerist society. The difference is that we consumers are paying for athletes’ salaries by purchasing all things related and watching them on TV, being subjected to high-price advertising. Our level of interest in sports is directly related with their level of pay, if one of those factors decreases, so does the other. Although something like a family member serving for the country could be considered a great service, our own level of interest does not dictate their pay. So, from a moral standpoint, they probably deserve more, but from a realistic and consumerist standpoint, they, more than likely, will not get it. Another good point is, “Barrack Obama’s salary would be considered about entry level for a professional athlete in this country” (Sangimino). The thing is, I do not think that you can compare the president’s salary with that of a professional athlete because the president doesn’t have millions of fans that pay millions of dollars to watch him perform.
Here is one argument, however, that I do not agree with:

Players should finally put their feet on the ground and realize that there is much to life than money and living the good life. It is definitely a slow

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