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Posted 10/9/15

MoxiRoxi wrote:

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.


As an ems student I can say fire/rescue employees make a good amount of money and can make more through promotions and getting extra qualifications. You won't really see any of us complaining about how much more athletes get paid cause ems is such a fun and exciting career field.
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Posted 10/10/15
A minimum wage already exists, so is the OP advocating a maximum wage as well? That seems a wee bit totalitarian.
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Posted 10/10/15

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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.



Simple economics indeed - because it is just that, simple.

Sports and entertainment in general do not provide anything in terms of real value for a society. They simply are a place for people to invest their excess money in an age of plenty - an age that only exists due to the contributions of scientists, engineers, and great minds throughout history. It is because of people who educated themselves and put in the effort to learn and advance society (not to say entirely without a benefit to themselves at times) that we even can "have" something like a sports industry on such a ludicrous scale in the first place.

So yes, if you judge "should someone earn money" by "are people willing to give them money," then actors and professional sports players certainly should be paid as much as they are.

Though if you are like myself, and decide that "should someone earn money" is something which should be weighed against both the effort and skill required for a career, as well as the objective value that job provides to society - then sports professionals and such should be paid a mediocre wage (as they fulfill the difficulty requirement, but little of the societal one).

This would not stop people from wanting to play in professional sports, either - because earning an average amount of money by leveraging your physical abilities is still going to be far easier for many of those same people than ever actually getting, say, an engineering degree.

In short, I don't get how anybody can think that it makes any logical sense for pay to be dependent only on what the mob is willing to pay. Rather than on any kind of objective benefit to society or to anybody for that matter. Sports and entertainment might be a good outlet for stress, and do have their place in society, but at the end of the day careers in them should always be considered secondary to those that actually advance the cause of mankind.

Whether that be through something intellectually simplistic (relatively speaking) such as being a construction worker, or being a scientist. Without people working the jobs that actually matter, mankind would still be in the stone ages, and we wouldn't even be able to contemplate the value that these luxuries should have. Just because the hard work and great minds of many have brought us to an age of relative plenty does not mean that we should forget their sacrifices, or continue neglecting their accomplishments in favor of the next big sports game or next big movie.
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They provide entertainment in return for money, and there are lots of people willing to pay to watch.
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Posted 10/10/15

GayAsianBoy wrote:

If you think being a pro athlete means just throwing a ball, you need to educate yourself.

Someone may have talent in something, but being pro means every day training, harsh routine, self discipline etc.

Of course I think the pay is a bit much nowadays, but without these incentives, people won't push beyond their capabilities. It's these incentives that make people go beyond their own natural abilities and provide entertainment for the crowd.

Money makes people do things that are innovative or beyond limitations.


As you can see, i'm very anti-socialism.


Part of the problem was college students were paid NOTHING before this. Despite the fact that colege football is a HUGE entertainment industry and they(individual players) aren't even allowed to use their name to get money.
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I think they should get payed but not in a average salary type way. I always thought it made more sense to get payed for results. Most competition type things such as chess, E-sports, robotics, etc. Pay you for winning. Lets look at chess. To become a grandmaster you have to be smarter than probably 99% or more of the population (I have no sources for that it is an arbitrary number. If you have numbers please tell me) Now in order to make crazy figures in chess you can't just be a grand master. No you have to win tournaments, and not just any tournament you have to make it at the international crazy high stakes tournaments.

So yes and no. Yes they should be paid, but like professional chess, and E-sports you should only be paid for getting high results. Not even just the winners often times the top say 8 players/teams get a cut of a prize pool but you get my point.

Now at the same time I can see why this system would not work. If we were to take hockey every year only the teams making the playoffs would ever see a salary equal to or higher than doctor/lawyer. That leaves almost all of the other teams with probably pretty low earnings. This would lead to lack of interest in the sport I guess. Now I don't know if that's for sure but if it is I can see why it would not work.
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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.


While I don't think NCAA athletes should get paid wages or salary, I haven't heard a good argument why they're banned from profiting off their images, reputation, and property like everyone else in the US.

Let them sell their damn autographs, sell jerseys/underwear/etc, trademark their image and sell t-shirts, appear in commercials or whatever else they want based on their (probably) temporary fame. Amateurs outside the NCAA can do all that and more.
Posted 10/11/15
Their careers don't usually last very long and they come out suffering from so much stuff. I think they deserve it if they're actually that good.
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MissKittenVicious wrote:

Their careers don't usually last very long and they come out suffering from so much stuff. I think they deserve it if they're actually that good.


This is so true in the National Football League also called Not For Long-average retirement or playing career-3.5 years and you qualify for pension after 4 years
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