Essay Athletes Overpaid

2866 Words Oct 20th, 2010 12 Pages
In today’s society many will argue whether or not professional athletes are overpaid. In the present time athletes are being paid phenomenally large amounts of money for their entertainment. It is my claim that all professional athletes are overpaid because they do not offer society an essential function that improves or enhances our world in comparison to other professionals such as medical doctors, lawyers, and teachers. Society does not value entertainment enough to warrant such high salaries such as those of many professional athletes. 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.

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These factors alone should warrant higher salaries. An athlete has to endure injuries and possible physical complications later on in life. For many athletes there is no retirement plan, this is the reason they want to make as much money as possible in their short-lived careers. Professional athletes have a higher standard of living, which means they need more money to maintain that standard of living. Others argue their reasoning is to help their reasoning is to help their descendants such as their predecessors did for them. For example, Karl Malone, professional athlete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) quotes:

“It [supporting the union] isn’t about helping Karl Malone,” he says. “I’m going to get mine. But if you look at the history of the NBA, the leaders always left the next group of players with something better, from Dr. J to Larry Bird to Majic Johnson. I’d like to be part of that.”

-Karl Malone, Sports Illustrated, p.183

Taking the risk of financial instability due to injury, a higher standard of living, and short career in comparison to other professions are enough to allow athletes to be paid large amounts of money without any negative response.

Although sports are a major contribution to our societies source of entertainment, it is not essential. Medical doctors and teachers, who are essential who are essential to the

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