Are Professional Athletes Overpaid? Essay

2318 WordsApr 15, 201210 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…
According to Shanahan, “professional sports are the 11th most lucrative business in the entire world.” Professional sports are a multi-billion dollar business and the athletes are the businessmen who receive the money. Now if the players don't get the money, who will? The owners. A lot less people whine that they are making too much money. Some people complain that instead of making all this money that they should reduce ticket prices. Well if you ran a business and you could sell a product for 20 dollars compared to 10 dollars what would you do? I think most of you would probably charge what the market would bear. What I don't understand is that many of the same people who complain that athletes make too much money are those trying to get more money for either themselves or the working class. If an average Joe has the right to make as much money as possible how come the same can't be said for athletes? I realize that 30 thousand dollars is quite different than 30 million dollars, but the principle is still the same. Everybody should be paid what they are worth. Professional sports just happen to be very big business in America and it makes lots of money. How can you deny a man his money which he rightfully deserves? I mean a star athlete, more than any other employee, has a direct impact on the revenue of his company. If he plays well; fans come to see games, fans buy more merchandise, and so on. If you do not want an athlete to make so much money,
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