Why Are Professional Athletes Overpaid

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How much money does a hard-working, very rewarding person such as a doctor, firefighter, someone who risks their life to fight for freedom, or even the president of the United States of America make? Only a fraction of what Cam Newton, quarterback of the Carolina Panthers, makes. Sports involves at least two competitive opponents that compete against each other for entertainment purposes. Millions of people come to watch these events every year, and even one-third of the United States watched the Super Bowl last year. But does this mean that athletes should be paid the astronomical amount that they are? Professional athletes should not be paid the ridiculously high amount they are because of the way they tend to spend it, the money they can …show more content…
There are plenty of other jobs such as teachers, fireman, and the military who give more to society than just entertainment. The first big contributor to society are teachers. They educate the future leaders of America, and are paid just enough to get by if not less. In “Teachers Unions and Student Performance: Help or Hindrance?”, journalist Randall W. Eberts stated “America’s need to provide high-quality education to its children has never been greater.” This quote suggests the importance of teachers in our society, rendering the fact they should be paid more than professional athletes. Firefighters are the next contributor to society. They save peoples’ lives every day, should have more recognition than they are given, and deserve better pay. Firefighters can abide in the fire station for up to one-third of his or her life. Long hours like that proves a Firefighter that already spends a good bit of his life at the fire station, while also raising a family of his own, should in fact be paid more than a Professional athlete. Finally, the military deserves the most recognition for their bravery and astronomical contribution to society. Military families leave their household, their kids, and their spouses to fight for this country’s freedom, including freedom for these professional athletes who entertain the public for millions of dollars a year. There are many jobs such as teaching, firefighting and military who play important roles in todays’ society, much more important than athletes who play a sport for public entertainment, but athletes get paid much

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