Are Professional Athletes Overpaid?

Posted on by Philip Mboya (Philip)
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You cannot deny the fact that a majority of sports stars today are grossly overpaid. Don't get me wrong, some athletes are truly worth every dime they are paid; however, many aren't. Take Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, for instance. The Portuguese international was snapped from English Premier League giants Manchester United for a record $131 million in the summer of 2009, making him the most expensive football (soccer) player ever.

Is Ronaldo worth $131 million? Of course not; however, what did not make sense to average people like us made perfect financial sense to the club directors. You see, Real Madrid were able to recoup the money they spent on Ronaldo in just one year. Profits from replica shirt sales alone were enough to settle Ronaldo's buying fee.

Ronaldo earns 200,000 pounds every week whether he plays or not. Last season, he made 10 million pounds in wages. His endorsements from Nike, FIFA, etc brings the figure to around 70 million.

It gets even more ridiculous when you consider sports like baseball, football, basketball and Formula 1. In the 2009/2010 NBA season, Tracy Mcgrady made $23,329,561 despite the fact that he only played 35 games and failed to make any meaningful impact. LA's Kobe Bryant, on the other hand made $23,034,375 and won an NBA championship in the process.

When you consider the fact that a trained neurosurgeon will make at most $700k in a year after more than 10 rigorous years in school, you start to see the bigger picture. With salaries like these, it's easy to see why the gap between the rich and the poor gets wider and wider. As much as we might try and argue that you cannot put a price tag on talent, a line has to be drawn between what is acceptable and what is not.

Do pro athletes get paid too much money?

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You have to be amazing at a sport to make the league, less than 1% of people in the US make a pro sports league. What would they do with all that money if they didn't give it to the atheletes.

Posted By riley878787,

I'll be in the minority here, but they are paid what the market demands and not overpaid in my opinion. As long as fans are buying tickets, athletes will make a ton of money. When that changes the system will self correct.

Posted By SimpleDude,

It is far too much money. Most earn more in a few months that a regular person earns in a lifetime. But I am also of the opinion that if the money didn't go to the players it would go to the suits who run the teams and who would you rather your money went to? Your idols or some fat cat in the board room?

Posted By MarkJansen,

The question should be do team owners and the league get paid too much money. It's not as publicized as the players, therefore people don't complain about it as much.

Posted By TheMadHat,

It's not like player salaries are taken out of the federal education budget. Yes, they make a ridiculous amount of money for playing with their balls, but since interest in them generates the money they're paid (albeit in a roundabout way) it's hard to be offended about it.

Posted By Cobanerd,

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