Do You Think People In Sports Get Too Much Money?

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@pyewacket (44031)
United States
August 26, 2007 7:59pm CST
I seem to be on a sports thing lately...but the thing is, and I got to thinking. Everyday,just about, you'll hear of some baseball or football player, being "traded" to another team and being offered millions and millions of dollars. Now when I think of some of the past "greats" in sports, they were getting "peanuts" as far as a salary. Not like now. Do you think this is right or makes sense to you that they get so much money? For instance, out of curiosity I looked up and found out that baseball player Barry Lamar Bonds, has received in his career so far an estimated $172,711,352.00 I do realize that participants in sports have a short "life" expectancy in sports, but I still think they get way too much money. What's you're viewpoint?
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
27 Aug 07
I think there is something wrong with a society that spends so much more money on entertainment than they do on education and health care. I have to say I was irritated when I compared the salary I made as a teacher or mental health counselor as opposed to TV, movie and sports starts. Of course, I didn't have a lot of people depending on me for jobs--just their future and their mental health!
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
27 Aug 07
I know susieq..this world is screwed up when 'stars' are paid for their "career" but truly meaningful occupations that help people and make a difference for the world and other people in general lmake s**t.
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
29 Aug 07
Thanks for BR out of all the responses you got! I appreciate it.
@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
27 Aug 07
Yes I do think they get too much for what they do but then if they didn't the sporting clubs would be making way too much profit, more than they do already so looking at the wages the sports stars get and the ptofit the club are still making , I think it is screaming out they charge way too much for tickets, this also goes for singers and actors and movie makers. Bring the prices down.
@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
27 Aug 07
I don't know if I agree with movie makers per se are making all that much money..the ones who are making the big bucks are the movie companies and producers that back the directors...also the behind the scenes people get squat--the costume scenic designers, lighting technicians, etc...they're the ones that make the "stars" look great---even the ones with absolutely no talent! LOL As far as modern day sports players, none to my mind have nearly the talent the greats of the past did yet they make so much more
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• United States
27 Aug 07
Absolutely they get too much money. It is their salaries that drive the prices of tickets sky high making it impossible for regular people to ever go to a live sports event. Some of these players getting massive salaries are not worth it at all....they don't perform according to their big buck salary. I think there should be salary caps on all sports. Athletes have a short life span on the team side but presumably they went to college for something and that should give them something to fall back on.
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
27 Aug 07
What I have to laugh too, is that so many don't even really "earn" their money...they have "injuries" and awww...poor babies have to be pampered and are out of commission, yet they're still getting there money...Like how many real people with real jobs get a hefty compensation when they are injured or sick?
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• United States
27 Aug 07
I don't think they make too much money. If they made too much money, then the teams who pay them would go out of business. Professional sports are a business. Superstars bring in fans, tv contracts, merchandise revenue, etc. They bring money into the franchise, so why shouldn't they get their cut. Look at CEO's of major corporations and the salarys they get. Its the same thing. They receive lots of money, because they bring in lots of money. As long as the stadiums are full of people wearing jerseys of their favorite players; the players whose jersey they are wearing should make a good salary.
@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
27 Aug 07
But don't you think people who do REAL work, or jobs deserve more money? Like doctors, nurses, teachers?
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@4mymak (1796)
• Malaysia
27 Aug 07
i am not from the states, but i do know that your professional sportsman get paid a lot... but looking how you play your sport - i am not really surprised you get paid soo much. what you wrote makes much sense to me... "it's harder to become a football player than doctor.." made me look at this at a different view. but like most of the other responses.. i think the hollywood movie actors are being paid waayyyyyyyy too much...
@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
27 Aug 07
I hope you will allow me the courtesy to disagree with you about one statement in particular--to quote you: "Its harder to play professional baseball than to become a doctor. Its why they get paid more." How on earth can you say that?? It takes more training, more skill, more years of learning to become a doctor...and not every doctor can aspire or see his/her dream realized in having their own private practice, but has to settle for extremely low paying ER type work in hospitals. And neither get the fame or glory or money that athletes get in pro sports. Athletes aren't saving lives here. Doctors are
@rosie_123 (6118)
27 Aug 07
Oh definately - yes! The footballers (soccer players to you) especially, here in England, are paid far too much for kicking a ball around a pitch for 90 minutes every week! My partner works in Sports Management - most people think it is a glamourous job, and I guess it does have it's perks, - but having to deal with some of these overpaid, illiteratuie jerks is NOT one of them!
@rosie_123 (6118)
27 Aug 07
Oooops - I meant ILLITERATE of course!!!
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
27 Aug 07
LOL---yes, most sports players are illiterate (knew what you meant--LOL)--guess that doesn't stop them though from signing an x on the dotted line of contracts though---hehe
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@rosie_123 (6118)
28 Aug 07
Or perhaps that's what they pay their Agents for:-)) No need to even sign their names these days!
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@morgandrake (2144)
• United States
27 Aug 07
It is just too bad that we can't make sure that nurses, teachers, and janitors recieve decent money for their work. And don't talk to me about how little writers and artists get for their work--unless you are one of the lucky ones like King. What does it say about our culture that the role models I looked up to (I was never a big sports fan) are paid next to nothing--in some cases told to do their craft for free because our society thinks that it is unimportant (or at least, not important enourgh where someone can make a decent wage doing it).
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
27 Aug 07
I think I can add to that list.. doctors, policemen, firemen--and what about the men and women serving in wars??? As a fellow writer (and artist) I can't agree more there too...There is so much talent out there and its either not recognized or the people involved with their art or craft get next to nothing for their work...as a photographer I adamantly refuse to get suckered into the whole micro stock photo business where a client can download a photo for a buck or two and the photographer gets about 25-cents--that is why I'm holding off, and want to establish my own business on par with fellow photographer Seth Resnick who "commands" hundreds of dollars just for one image..uh, the way I used to get paid years ago when I was more active in photography. And I uh...well...am still hoping to become recognized as a writer on par with King, Rice or Rowlings...LOL--Now--to daily practice my Law of Attraction...hehe
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• United States
27 Aug 07
Ok, you are right; my brother-in-law is not getting paid enourgh to be putting his life in danger (he is in Iraq).
@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
27 Aug 07
Then I'm really praying that he comes back safe...but just watch the red tape he'll be going through trying to get well deserved veteran's benefits...ah..don't get me started on that one!
@gmakesmoney (2923)
• United States
29 Aug 07
My ex is a pro athlete and I used to think he was overpaid, his salary was almost as big as his ego, lol. But once I actually took the time to spend with him during the season (Swiss Hockey), I saw for myself just how hard he and his teammates really did work. Their personal time was basically borrowed time. They trained daily and very early and really hard (which thank goodness for the endurance and stability training... I'm forever in debt to that coach, lol) and they were told what to eat and not eat and got fined if they got caught eating the wrong things or missed a workout or whatever. Then there was almost daily press things and all the travling and public appearences. Plus the managers, coaches, owners and publisits bacially run their entire lives and anything in their personal lives that they don't like they find a way of getting rid of (like girlfriends which supposidly takes their focus off their game) and often times take advantage of too trusting players. He didn't make like uber money but he did make a couple mill and was mister "team star" so I don't think he was overpaid but I do think his ego was over inflated! I do think some athletes are overpaid though, I think it should depend on how tough the sport it, how much of their lives it takes up and what sort of disipline it requires. Now the kind of athletes that blow multi-million dollar contracts to make a couple thousand abusing poor animals... well those kind are not only overpaid and underdiciplined but aren't worth 50 cents as a human being either.
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
3 Sep 07
Yes, know who you're talking about...Micheal Vick..maybe they should take all his money away from him
• United States
4 Sep 07
Someone told me the other day that he actually did loose out on almost all of that money, he had just signed two major contracts, one for playing for the next 8 yrs and one for endorsement and both pulled the plug on him as soon as it all happened. I hope he has so many fines and it all costs him so much that he drives himself into the poor house, serves him right. Makes me want to slap his mom too, seriously teach your children the value of life... all life and so much crap like this could be avoided! Did you know he had a bunch of kittens caged up that he used as bait and for practice for the dogs? It's people like him that gives Americans such a bad name.
• United States
28 Aug 07
No, I don't think they are getting too much money.When the owners are getting all this money, the players should get their share too.I like that the players get their money up front. I don't want to live through a time where a player has to throw a few games to get the money he deserves, like the White Sox tried to do in 1919.It isn't the amount of money that I don't like, it is that these young athletes don't have any guidance. They don't get any advice on what to do with the money so after their career is over, they can live well for the rest of their lives.
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
28 Aug 07
The sad fact is that many just plain don't have wise "career" choices or what they do with there money...look how many are up on indictment charges or have run ins with the law in other ways
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• United States
29 Aug 07
That is so true.
@ElicBxn (60425)
• United States
27 Aug 07
I think that they may get too much, but they are in the top 1% of people who can do what they do. Some of them receive pretty bad injuries. I know for a fact, that Earl Campbell can hardly walk now due to injuries he received playing football. So, I don't know how you really judge. I mean, rock stars don't get paid by teams, but they make lots of $$ too, and for the same reason, being the best at what they do.
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
27 Aug 07
That might be true...but lets face it, firemen and policemen who are risking there lives can get severe injuries yet are paid anywhere near that of sports stars--there just should be a balance somehow
@ElicBxn (60425)
• United States
29 Aug 07
I agree that public servants should be paid more, but do you really want your taxes to go up to pay them? One major football team is owned a a municipality & they are amoung the least paid of pro-players. That's not to say they aren't a very good team, but Green Bay just isn't in the same pay scale as some of these other teams.
• United States
27 Aug 07
My family are not sports fans because of this! Why would I work my butt off and then take my money to ball game after ball game to pad the pockets of the people that had to play sports because they were not intelligent enough to do something in life that would change the world for the good! Its sad that even in our schools, so much money goes to the sports programs when only a handful of the kids will make it big. There's a much greater chance of a child having a great career in the average Joe's world, so why not make sure the money goes there. This country gets worse every day.
@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
27 Aug 07
It does seem that priorities are definitely in the wrong place!
@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
27 Aug 07
Meant to add....that yes..more money should go to better programs for children in school rather than worrying if the supply of basketballs is adequate for school sport programs..
@barehugs (8992)
• Canada
5 Sep 07
Absolutely! Sports players are Overpaid! We need to pay our Leaders more and our players less. The thing that bothers me most is the lack of disipline in our sports players. Little kids idolize those players and when they "throw down their Gloves" to fight, (as in Hockey) the kids think fighting is Good. And the parents are such poor sports at the junior Games! They yell and swear at the referee, and set another bad example for the kids. No wonder our society is going to hell in a Handbasket!
@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
5 Sep 07
And what about sports players who have pit bulls for fighting and had admitting to killing some of the dogs...how does that set a good example for kids to respect animals??
@jothis (519)
• India
4 Sep 07
In sports people are getting too Much money. But have you ever think how they are getting this much amount? Pople are getting a place in a team only with great performance and hardwork. So i think they are getting what they are deserved
@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
4 Sep 07
Yes, but I think people who do life-saving work, like doctors and nurses deserve more than sports players
@KrisNY (7609)
• United States
3 Sep 07
Way too much money- although they do bring in a lot of money also- to the teams they play for- to the league they play on- to the cities and states the team is in- to the companies that sell their souvenirs- to the companies that the players endorse- For football – I think it is a tough game and at any point they can be hurt and never play again- so football players salaries don’t bother me as much as baseball or basketball- I guess because it’s a more contact sport-
@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
3 Sep 07
Still you think people who have real worthy careers like doctors or nurses should get and deserve more
@MsTickle (25006)
• Australia
31 Aug 07
To my way of thinking sport is now ALL about money. There is way too much money involved for events to be completely legal. Think sport think money think bribery think corruption.
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
3 Sep 07
Yes MsTickle it is all about money and corruption because of it
@budsr03 (2355)
• Canada
29 Aug 07
I certainly do and who would have thought it would get this extreme? When Wayne Gretzky was signed to his first million, i thought he was worth it, but it hasn't stopped there, it is so unreal today! There is no loyalty in this so called sport (it's business) the players go to the highest bidder!! I still watch some playoffs of certain sports, but i find my interest in sport waning! Good topic, take care Pyewacket.
@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
3 Sep 07
Mmmm..hockey fan here too...think they get a lot less though then say football or baseball players
• Brazil
29 Aug 07
It is truth, them are using people as object! baseball I do not know very well, but in the soccer it is the same thing!
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
29 Aug 07
Thanks ever for your reply :)
@razcal2267 (15577)
• United States
29 Aug 07
The short answer is YES. I always make people annoyed when I say that baseball players make an obscene amount to run, spit and scratch themselves. Shoot I can do two of the three rather well and no one is lining up to pay me. I think that in sports like hockey and football the higher pay is more justified because they get hurt more often but I still think the amount is way too much.
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
29 Aug 07
Yes..wouldn't it be nice if we got paid for spitting and scratching...we'd be the millionaires!! LOL
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• Canada
29 Aug 07
I agree they make way to much money . Sports is something that many enjoy watching but at the same time when you think about the fact that being able to play a sport gives you more in life then becoming a doctor or a lawyer as they make much more then someone who could save your life . To me this is sad that someone could spend years studying to save your life and recieve less then someone who can throw a ball .
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
29 Aug 07
Couldn't have said it better myself...seems the priorities in our society is all wrong
@Darkwing (21590)
28 Aug 07
I don't know an awful lot about how American Sportsmen get paid, but here in Britain, professional boxers and footballers are way overpaid. How can they pay so much money for beating the crap out of somebody else for a start? Also, football or soccer is a dying sport here because of the expense, brought about by those who are paid way too much money. Brightest Blessings.
@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
28 Aug 07
Not to mention that soccer fans are a bit nuts to begin with..look how many stampedes of fans there are if the favored team doesn't win--LOL
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
28 Aug 07
For what they do I think many of them are overpaid. It will not change because millions of fans pay big bucks for tickets to see games. As long as the fans support the teams, the players will make big money. And to be honest, I have nothing against anyone making whatever amount of money they can, as long as it is legal and does not harm others. Think about where all those millions go...not into a mattress, but funneled back into the economy in many different ways.
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
28 Aug 07
True but look how many of the sports stars are in trouble with the law in one way---I think with all that money makes them feel they are above the law...look at M Vick