Are athletes paid to much?


Are athletes paid too much?

How much is a home run worth? Millions of dollars? The Major League Baseball team recently gave slugger Giancarlo Stanton the largest contract $325 million over 13 years.Stanton's supersized salary follows his record-setting 2014 season. Stanton's contract is $50 million higher than the previous largest contract, Alex Rodriguez's 10-year, $275 million deal with the New York Yankees in 2007.Jay Cutler, a quarterback for the Chicago Bears, signed a seven-year, $126.7 million contract last year. And LeBron James, a two-time National Basketball Association (NBA) champion, earned about $19 million for last season alone.YES Too Much Money.Playing games for a living isn't worth those million-dollar wages, says Jesse Spector, a sports writer for The Sporting News.People such as firefighters, computer programmers, and members of the military provide more valuable services but earn just a fraction of what professional athletes make. The average firefighter in the United States makes about $48,000 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even President Barack Obama's annual salary of $400,000 is lower than most athletes' pay."It seems morally wrong that athletes would be paid more than people like firefighters, who serve the community and risk their lives," Spector tells JS.Gwen Drew, a seventh-grade sports fan from Newtown, Connecticut, points out that some players can earn the big bucks without ever leaving the bench."If you're not playing or not playing well, you still get paid, which isn't fair," Gwen says.Even New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has conceded that professional athletes are overpaid. The 2010 Super Bowl MVP has a five-year, $100 million contract with the Saints.Unless you're finding a cure for cancer or creating world peace, I don't know if anybody deserves to get that much money," he said after signing the contract.NO Worth Every Penny


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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?

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professional athletes overpaid.yes just for a season they are contracted for millions of dollars.Nurse teachers and other services work hard as them but they are not paid with billions. It raises an moral discussion of how we value and reward athletes in our society.

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Carew, Chrissy, and Mi Won Kim. "Are pro athletes paid too much? Hardly a day goes by that you don't hear about a new multimillion-dollar pay package for a superstar athlete (or a pop singer or Hollywood star, for that matter). These numbers can sound especially astronomical in hard economic times, when many Americans are out of work or simply having trouble making ends meet." Junior Scholastic 19 Sept. 2011: 5. General OneFile. Web. 27 May 2015.

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