Is It Right for Celebrities to Make a Lot of Money?

2982 WordsMay 18, 200512 Pages
Over-Paid, Yet Under Rated Growing up in America, many people are unaware of what is really occurring around them. People are so into their televisions, and their jobs that they fail to recognize the amount of work that is put into making this country as wonderful as it is. However, many people complain about the wages they receive hourly at work, or the salary they earn every month. Some complain that it is too low, and others complain about the taxes that are deducted, and how they do not have money to spend for occasions like Christmas, or even vacations. Then those same people sit at home, watch television, whether it is a basketball game, a game show, or even a soap opera, and complain about why those actors, athletes, and…show more content…
The same goes with athletes such as Shaquille O'Neal, and Michael Jordan. They are idols that all young children look up to. These people work day in and day out, even in the "off season." The off-season is barely a few months off from a full season of games that go on almost every other day. Some times there is no off-season. For example, if an NBA championship team wins, they only have a few weeks to get rest, and head back to training camp. Out of a whole year of games, the athlete gets about two weeks of rest. An athlete will work about 35 to 40 years, but his career will only last seven to 12 of those years (Reinhold). These people abuse their bodies, and that is why most retire before they reach the age of forty. Their bodies have been worked too much to continue, and they need to rest their bodies. They work hard to get where they are at their careers. Just like the way doctors study, athletes spend many years training to be the best they can be in order to compete against the rest of the players in the league. The draft is a lot like the MCAT that doctors take to become a doctor. The smarter doctor is like the better athlete. The doctor would pass the test, and the athlete would be drafted into a team. The main difference is the amount of money they earn once they have both passed the "test." When people complain about why athletes earn so much money there is a simple explanation. An athlete should not be compared

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