Elite Athletes are Being Paid too Much Essay

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Are elite athletes/sports men or women being paid too much if not how are there high salaries justified, if so, why, and how could there money be put to better use?

To most people one million dollars a lot of money, to most people one thousand dollars is a lot, but even though it is hard to believe, to some people these figures mean nothing. It is no secret that professional athletes particularly those who play soccer, golf, and race F1 cars make big bucks, but people do not realize to what extent.

Last year tiger woods made 87 million dollars, to put that into perspective that’s 34800 times what George Bush makes a year and he is one of the most influential, powerful people in the world. During Mike Tyson’s match against Peter
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The average NBA career lasts 6.2 years and it's half that for the NFL.
4. Injuries are also a large part of pro sports, maybe not so much for tiger woods, but for players of contact sports such as Rugby and Australian Rules Football they can ruin careers.
5. Its not only the injuries themselves that justifies the money the players earn, but the pain suffered from the injuries, the players pushing themselves physically or just the constant hits and tackles that cause pain during and after the match.
6. Often, even without trying an elite athlete becomes a role model for young people, this is because they are fit, focused and famous.
7. Simply by being famous your life becomes restricted, you cannot behave like “normal people” because you are always being looked at or judged or written about. For tiger this was the case ever since he could remember because at the age of two he was on TV because of his unique golfing talents. Being in his position means a normal personal family problem turns into media fodder.
8. To be one of the best in the world at any sport there will need to be sacrifices in the way you eat, drink and generally live. Such as no alcohol or drugs, no going out at night and less time to spend with family and friends.
9. Not only do they work during their particular season, they also work in the off season. Most professional athletes train on their own striving to become better. They also attend miniature camps and their seasonal…