Are professional athletes overpaid?
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Are professional athletes overpaid?

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Your average professional player earns between $1.54 and $5.3 million per year across all four major U.S. sports. Since professional sports leagues generate billions of dollars in revenue, players say they're just getting their fair share. But is it fair to pay people to play a game when your average teacher only makes $45,335 per year and your average physician makes just over $165,000? What do you think? 🏀 ⚽⚾ 🏈

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Your average professional basketball player makes $5.3 million per year, and the NBA generates $5.2 billion in yearly revenue. For comparison, the median salary for a firefighter is $44,306 per year.

That kind of pay disparity between careers that offer real value versus entertainment to a community strikes many as unfair. But to athletes who put their bodies through grueling training for intense competition, with little in the way of long-term financial security, the big payday seems like a fair trade.

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Let's just cut through the bull crap—athlete salaries are just unfair. They bring us entertainment, but that's about it. And oftentimes, athletes do really stupid stuff with their obscene salaries.

No matter how you look at it, the guy getting paid 19 million dollars to swing a bat at a ball is making more per game than the average American household makes in an entire decade.

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Do you think it's fair? Think about how much you took home last month. Now, think about how much your bills cost you. Now, think about how much money you had left over to buy a ticket to a game or something else that you didn't really need, but wanted.

What a bunch of malarkey. Professional athletes who make millions are not a bunch of couch potatoes, they put their bodies through hell to deliver for audiences who pay good money for entertainment. It's not their fault people will pay bank to watch sports, so why shouldn't they collect their dues? Or else it goes to a bunch of greedy, corporate owners who probably won't pay any taxes.

Show some respect! Nothing in life is guaranteed and people need to respect the effort they put into the game. Athletes earn what they deserve by being the best in the game.

Athletes put in well over 40 hours a week of practice, study, workouts, and game time. They also put their careers on the line each and every time they go to work.

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How many of us can say something like that?

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When was the last time you stepped into your office not knowing if you'd be able to physically come back again tomorrow and file another TPS Report?

Sorry, when Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees says he's overpaid—there's a problem.

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That's ridiculous. The average career for most professional athletes is 5 years or less. What are they supposed to do for the rest of their lives? Regular folks can earn a paycheck until they die, athletes get a small window to collect what they deserve. Now, that is unfair!

After sacrificing all the joys of the teenage years we take for granted, pro sportsmen and women are sent out to pasture at the ripe old age of 34 or 35, with no discernible or marketable skills. A handful will fall back on broadcasting or endorsement deals, for the rest an uncertain future beckons. A few million in the bank eases that uncertainty considerably and it€™s no less than they deserve.
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