Major League Baseball Salaries: How Much is Too Much? Essay

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Major League Baseball Salaries: How Much is Too Much?


Twenty-five million dollars made per year. Over one hundred fifty-four thousand dollars made per game. Over forty-seven thousand dollars earned per at bat. Sounds a little ridiculous, does it not? That is what current Texas Ranger shortstop Alex Rodriguez earns to play the game of baseball (azcentral.com). Baseball is a game that children have been playing in schoolyards and fields for the past one hundred years. It may not be a game anymore. On the Major League level it has become a business. This is where the problem starts.

Others associated with baseball do not see any problem. All businesses are entitled to the best employees they can afford.
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Logically speaking, it is almost impossible for a family of four to afford to attend a game. Four reasonably close seats cost about $25 per seat equaling $100 just for seats. Concessions that are overpriced at $4 a hot dog and $3 a soda plus one souvenir make a family trip to the ball park over $150 for the evening. Fans see it as unaffordable to attend multiple games per year, thus causing them to lose interest. Ticket prices are high because owners must be able to afford the mega-salaries of superstars.

Fans, on the contrary, are eager to assist in the funding for new stadiums, as seen in the article written by Holahan and Kroncke. In more than fifteen cities, a new stadium is either being built, renovated, or in the planning stages. The cost for these projects is estimated at more than $7 billion, with most of this money coming from public funds. The public is understanding of paying an additional .02%, for example, to the sales tax to pay for a revenue generating stadium that will add to the beauty of their downtown setting. Then again, “to use tax money from people making $30,000 to $40,000 a year to boost the salary of someone making over $1 million is viewed as unfair” (Holahan and Kroncke) even though both the stadium and players are absolutely necessary to run a successful team. However, what the fans do not…