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27 / M / Ark-La-Tex
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Posted 10/8/15
I don't have a problem with it and I don't understand why anyone else would.
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Well considering the amount of sales they get, of course their pay is going to be quite high. If nobody watched sports or paid ridiculous prices for tickets they'd be paid far lesser, and eventually, probably out of a job. Sports are very lucrative and not just anyone can do them professionally, I'm not a huge fan of televised sports minus basketball, the world cup and some soccer events, and the Olympics but a lot of people in sports have extraordinary athletic skill.

The world is quite unfair and someone will always end up being paid more than you.
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26 / M / Houma
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There are many physical labor jobs out there that pay based off of the risk of injury or death. Those athletes, especially ones who play contact sports, deserve every penny of it. If there are any dangerous jobs like that not being paid enough it is almost always a government job. Those guys should get paid too.
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Should they in the grand scheme of things? Probably not. Doctors, nurses, teachers, scientists, etc. are certainly more worthy if you're talking importance to the real world. That said, within the world of sports and entertainment, especially as established, what athletes get paid is completely fair in most cases.
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I think the real question is why are 3.0gpa+ students still competing with tards who can only throw a football or shoot a basketball to get into a major college? Have you seen some of the grades these guys have? Carmelo Anthony is a perfect example of this crap. Any other non-athletic student would have been kicked out immediately for having those terrible grades. Carmelo got to stay regardless of the fact he had D's the entire time.

Shouldn't the students who actually earned their place in that university/ivey league colleges be rewarded/payed for their effort instead?
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The amount that professional athletes make may seem to be ridiculously high, but once you consider the amount of revenue professional sports leagues generate between advertising, merchandising, ticket sales, and so on you'll realise that players aren't actually making nearly what they could be. Professional sports is an extremely lucrative portion of the entertainment industry. If anything college leagues in the US need to actually be forced to pay their players if they don't already (and at a fair proportion of the generated revenue, don't do it halfhearted), offer real benefits (offering tuition free education is a floor, a starting point, not an end point), and face severe consequences for encouraging or forcing players to act in such a way that they're not getting a real education.

And just in case you think you're getting off easy, professional leagues, I'll say this: handle your violent players sincerely, and handle your corrupt leadership sincerely, and show people what the "spirit of the game and sportsmanship" actually means again. And start funding your own stadiums. You generate enough revenue to do it, and you've no business getting the subsidies and tax breaks you do.
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anikevin wrote:

No.

Even if the athlete is a total genius at what he does, he shouldn't be paid more than 10 times of what an engineer or a doctor makes.


I mean, theoretically speaking, anyone could become a doctor or engineer if they put the work in. But to become a professional athlete, emphasizing the fact that you have a 0.008% of getting drafted into the NFL for example, you gotta have the genetics, strength, speed, work ethic and tenacity to make it to the pros. Just saying.

And yes, athletes are paid that much for a reason. Entertainment. You think watching someone give surgery is entertaining? It sure as hell isn't to me.
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Posted 10/8/15
definitely to pros

and no to college kidz cuz you didnt pay me to compete in NCAA when i was in college, that makes me jelly jelly jelly jelly

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Posted 10/8/15

tf2pyros wrote:

Pro athletes get paid extremely high. We all know this.

Word is going around that college athletes should now be payed...?

What do you think of the pay-rate that these guys get? What do you think of the college kids getting paid?

Personally: No and no. I want to get paid and set for life for throwing a football or passing a puck too.


The average pro athlete makes a lot less than most people think. You only see the "stars" but those guys on the bench or in a dug out tend to be the ones no one thinks about.

For example try scrolling through this http://sports.newsday.com/long-island/data/baseball/mlb-salaries-2015/#o:c=salary;d=false;|
sure the top players make a fortune but the lower level guys don't. They make a lot sure but its not as high as you would think. It also depends on the sport and its popularity. I think college athletes already get paid by getting scholarships often times being full ride. I think having school paid for you is a pretty big deal considering the cost of schooling. So technically they already do get paid.
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Posted 10/8/15 , edited 10/8/15
I know you're only talking about the sports that pay a very high amount of money, but I just want to say not all professional athletes are making that much money for example a professional lacrosse player. The average salary for a Major League Lacrosse player is between $10,000 and $30,000 a year. The average salary for a National Lacrosse League player is about $19,700 per season.

The average combined salary for a player playing both Major League Lacrosse and National Lacrosse League is about $33,000 and that's IF the player has the ability to play in both leagues.


To answer your question, yes I think the professional athletes that make the very high amount of money should get paid as much as they do.
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20 / M / California
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Posted 10/9/15
Here's a thing, college athletes can only get paid a maximum of $5k a year since they're already getting paid by having most if not all of their school finances being paid for from scholarships. Also recently the plan for paid college students got struck down, so no worry there.

In terms of sports, well I only follow basketball and I can tell you that player's salary really depend on their skill. If it's not a superstar that is the best of the best, the won't be making close to a million on contract.

An example would be Draymond Green from GSW, a second round pick and only made $915,000. But due to his impressive skill on the recent playoffs, it earned him recognition as a top player deserving to be paid a lot.

Also, most professional athletes end up representing out country in international events like Olympics or even World Cup. And they even generate more money with sponsors with specific companies like NIKE or Adidas which are one of the largest sportswear companies.

You can compare these to big businessmen and innovators. They both make a name and have an impact domestically and internationally and people that usually do something like this always end up making somewhere around over $50m - billions (stockholders and innovators).
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Posted 10/9/15 , edited 10/9/15
I think people are paid what they deserve. If you have ever attempted to reach a professional level in a sport, you know how difficult the circumstances are. It's way harder than getting in to the best universities in the world.

Like they said above, most athletes aren't paid nearly as much as the "top" athletes. I'll use motorsports as an example since I know the most on the subject. Most top level pro drivers make around $1 Million on average, it can go up and down though. Its a massive contrast to Sebastian Vettel who is on a $50 million - $80 million a year contract. Yes it's a lot of cash, but if you think about it there are 22 F1 drivers in the world, and each one is there to represent their country and promote the brands to their national fans.

Also like what was stated above, if you look at how much teams profit and spend in 1 year you can see that the athletes actually aren't over paid. Lets use Lewis Hamilton as an example, he earned around $30 Million in 2014 for being the Drivers World Champion. Can you take a guess on to how much Mercedes actually spent during 2014? Mercedes F1 spent $370 Million in 2014. The athlete's pay only accounted for 8.1% of the teams budget for the year.

I guess to sum it all up in the end, would you take the risk involved in sports for the reward? In all sports you hear of athlete getting hurt everyday, and occasionally you hear about that fatality every once in awhile. I only really follow racing and I can guarantee that there is are few big accidents every weekend. I don't even watch American Football and know how beat up those players get. So yeah, pro athletes do more than throw a ball, drive a car, or ride a bike.

And to enforce my point that accidents always happen...

Daniil Kyvat's crash at the last F1 race: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhKcbSCWq7w

And Chaz Mostert's crash that literally happened 2 hours ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qds0Odeu5ok
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Posted 10/9/15
Life is not fair, you never get what you "deserve" in life, only what you have the leverage to negotiate. If you can negotiate a 100 million dollar contract to do anything in this life or the next, more power to you.
Posted 10/9/15 , edited 10/9/15
You should just have schools for athletes, actors and musicians. Screw the rest. People like Trump can be your politicians, people like Zimmerman can be your police, religious people can be your doctors and teachers, and all the paranoid schizophrenics can be in charge of NASA
Posted 10/9/15
to cover costs of injuries they may as well. we all know that football players have brain damage. all athletes are doing is making someone else a lot of money
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