Should sports stars be paid that much?
February 9, 2009 6:15am CST
Well, other than popularity,big billboards, millions of dollars worth of advertisement and a hefty sum for playing a sport they like, what else can sports star need? Have yoiu ever wonder if being a sport star is a real job? Should they be paid that much? Just asking...
• United States
14 Feb 09
Duh, yeah they do a lot of stuff that requires them to be in tip top shape. But really, why is it a dude that runs around on a field, doing what he does, gets paid more than a doctor? A doctor actually is doin their job and saving lives. Where as this other cat is out catchin a ball out in a field. Don't you think that theirs something wrong with that? I do. A cop patrols the streets and puts his life on the line to protect and serve, but makes less then the dude that's on TV makin a field goal. Or the firefighter that runs into a burnin house to grab someone that couldn't make it out on their own, but the guy who makes a field goal gets his own contract deal? These people who put their lives on the line should get paid alot more, my own opinion. Ain't just the sports, actors demand millions, too, and all they do is act!
11 Feb 09
Being a profesional player is harder than people think but i still think sports stars are overpaid. I also think that the marketing deals they get(like 20 mil/year for shoe deals) are a disgrace. LeBron James earns 20 mil from his contract and 20+ mil from marketing while others are starving and can't do much about it. That just isn't fair.
• Greenwood, Mississippi
9 Feb 09
There are lots of people who do more socially valuable or impressive things, but ultimately I do think sports stars deserve every penny. Why? It's only fair...they generate that kind of cash with their play. It wouldn't be right if all the money went to the promoters and other people behind the scenes and the athletes who actually are doing the work in the gym and in competition were paid less. I don't argue that it wouldn't be nice if ticket prices were lower or perhaps even TV deals cheaper, but I wouldn't want to see the athletes shortchanged as long as sports generate so much money. Athletes do have to make sacrifices, after all -- of course I'm going to respect a fireman or a doctor more, but athletes have to spend much of their life training, suffer injuries regularly (which may haunt them the rest of their lives), and have no real security in their profession unless they become recognized as being among the very best in their sport.