Are athletes paid to much?
Are athletes paid too much?
YES: In a perfect world, we'd all get paid according to how many lives we affect in a positive way. Teachers and nurses, to cite two examples, would make a lot more money.
But the world isn't perfect. Besides, lots of people are more motivated by the idea of helping others than by earning big bucks. Still, I can't help but wonder about a society in which athletes make such outrageous salaries. Lakers star Kobe Bryant recently earned $53 million in one year. As a public school teacher, I'd have to work for 964 years to match that income.True, I haven't led an NBA team to five championships. But when athletes like Bryant earn in a single year the equivalent of several lifetimes of teaching, what does that say about our values?