Persuasive Essay "Pro Athletes Salaries""

2168 Words May 6th, 2011 9 Pages
Topic: Professional athletes are overpaid

Specific purpose: To convince my audience not to support and glorify pro athletes.

Thesis: Nobody should be paid millions for entertainment while others that do an important job as teachers are underpaid.


A. Attention material/ Credibility Material: Wouldn't it be great to make 31.3 million dollars a year and an additional 47 million dollars in endorsements simply to play a game? Michael Jordan, along with many other professional athletes thinks so. In the 1996 season, playing 3,106 minutes Michael Jordan made 170,000 dollars a day whether he played or not, equalling out to be 160 dollars a second. Even more unbelievable are Mike Tyson's earnings in his match with
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Even the squeakiest clean athlete has skeletons in his closet.

a. For example, Kobe Bryant is an accused rapist or Jason Kidd who is convicted of spousal abuse. And what about the rest of list, where athletes were not only accused but they were sentenced to jail for criminal offences.

1) Michael Vick, quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, was convicted of operating a massive dog fighting ring and was sentenced to 23 months in jail in 2007.

2) Chris Henry, wide reciver for the Cincinnati Bengals. Between December 2005 and March 2008, Henry was arrested seven different times. If you looked at Chris Henry’s wrap sheet you would discover that the NFL star had a passion for fighting in the streets, pot, driving drunk and teenage girls.

b. My point is, why would athletes even be suited to be role models? Because they're on television? In the words of the great Charles Barkley, "Just because I can dunk a basketball doesn't mean I should raise your kids."

4. Opponents of this view say that athletes’ deserve the money paid because payment is being received for a service - entertainment. a. You might say that athletes work hard for their money. It is true.

1) Not only they work during the season but they work off season too. But teachers work all year round as well, and when you are on your summer brakes, they are buried in a pile of paperwork.
2) It takes a tremendous number of
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