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No they should not be paid THAT much. The people who should be getting it is the people serving this country, the teachers and the people who save lives. Why? They are important people who influence people's lives greatly. All athletes do is entertain other people and it is sad who we put entertainment over the things that should be priority. Without teachers, we're dumb and ignorant. Without the people serving the country, some other country would take control of the country. And without people who save lives, we all would just die without trying to do anything about it.
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DudeItsMark wrote:


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.


I would, I'd have a giant foam finger and a beer in hand yelling Dr.Griffin Numba 1

In all seriousness this video pretty much says it all
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orhFVgzI_bw
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Player pay tends to be reflective of how well the league/ team is doing. As silly as it seems to get paid millions of dollars to play a game makes sense when the leagues are raking in even more money. I think general people would rather see their favorite players get more money than the owners having bigger profits. I am assuming that the profits are not being reinvested into the team and is just going strait to the owners back account.
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I don't need to read your post, OP (I still did, though), the answer is no. People in the entertainment industry, regardless of whether they're the best of the best, shouldn't be paid more than people contributing towards the future of the world. I have no intention of ever becoming a teacher or a nurse or whatever, but it's a real shame that these jobs that without a doubt contribute more to society don't get paid nearly as much as these top athletes.
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Yes they should. While people dont see it on TV these people put in a lot of work off the field and it is a full time job to keep their bodies in a condition that allows them to play at a professional level. Also they do play a dangerous sport that can easily leave them paralyzed or in a state where finding regular work would be impossible due to brain damage, the bills wont pay themselves after they stop playing.

The only time I find it annoying however is when a player signs a contract or an extension then decides to hold out of camp and games because another player got a better deal,
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Because that's entertainment. Every athlete you see on t.v. has been their life training and specializing in their own sport just like anybody would for a normal job.. You have to have extreme talent or be the hardest worker to be able to be a pro athlete so in my opinion they should be paid plenty but not in the millions...
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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.


This isn't just about how good they are at their jobs. It's simple economics.

College sports have become a very lucrative business that generates millions every year.
The players. Who do the lions share of the work are entitled to a portion of the profit. Simple.

And if that share adds up to million dollar salaries, then so be it.



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they're entertainers and they train very hard to achieve their greatness
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They focus on one goal and those skill are mostly not transferable I'd say yes. I hope the how much money and entertainment they give people catches up to programmers, because I'd love to be earning million lol
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nope

teachers should get paid the most and it should be harder to be a teacher. weed out the crappy ones
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Depends on the teachers, I think High/Secondary School teachers should be paid the most, because there dumped with emmotionally random nheads all the time, university teachers should be paid less, they get paid because people love to hear their voices.
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The logic that entertainers (movies, music, etc.) already get paid that much, why not? But I'm against all of these "famous" people getting paid that much... the people that really should get paid a lot are people that save lives, like people in the medical field or firefighters.

But I'm annoyed that a lot of college kids get full rides for being an athlete all their lives while I almost get a full ride for studying my ass off all my life. Physical and mental ability should be equal in my opinion. Both take a lot of energy.
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They deserve it (:

But athletes like mayweather... *coughs*... I want to beat the crap out of him
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Most of the money they make comes from fans of the sport. They are also better at what they do than so many other people. Also i could care less about how much they make if you have a job you love who really cares how much money your making if your happy.
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