Essay on Why Athletes Should Be Paid

1387 Words Nov 2nd, 2016 6 Pages
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 receive when they become retired, and the lack of importance to society. Although athletes do not deserve the amount of money that is given to them each year, there are plenty of reasons someone can easily argue that a professional athlete has earned every penny. Admittedly, it takes a lot of practice and skill to become a professional athlete, but it also takes a lot of time and effort to obtain a degree for a proportionally less-paid career. To be successful, hard work and dedication must be put into action, and becoming a professional athlete does not compare to earning a degree and making just enough money to support a family. Of course, professional athletes may leave their families for the holidays, but other jobs have it far worse…

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