Blog Assignment #10

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As you may or may not know, the World Series is currently taking place, and numerous are willing to pay thousands of dollars to see their favorite team play in person. Because of these expenses, many famous athletes are known to make millions of dollars a year, whether they play basketball, baseball, or soccer. Click on the link here to read about how much NFL players make annually.

After reading this article, do you think that it makes sense for an athlete to be paid this amount? Keeping this in mind, do you think that if baseball players make this much, people in the profession of a doctor or teacher should also make this much? In other words, is it fair for athletes to make a substantially larger amount of money than people in other well-respected professions? Why or why not.

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36 thoughts on “Blog Assignment #10

  1. Based on Melissa’s chosen article from Chron, athletes do get paid a salary that is higher than other jobs in the medical or engineering field. It is shocking to see that many zeroes on a paycheck. Although sports does not seem like a hard profession, being an athlete takes a lot of dedication, sacrifice, and courage. In response to Melissa’s question, I think it is fair for athletes to make a substantially larger amount of money than people in other well-respected professions because they earn what they work for (just like any other person). Athletes have to give up so much to live their dream. They have to sacrifice their time with their families and their privacy. It takes the same dedication as becoming a doctor or teacher. Also, athletes become famous and get money from celebrity endorsements and other sources. They are signed to private businesses who make money from branding people. I do not think it is unfair for athletes to get paid higher because they are very hardworking, motivated, and a role model to many people. It is not easy to be an athlete.

    Question: Why do you think athletes have a higher pay than other occupations?
    Cite:“How Much Money Does an NFL Player Make a Year?” Chron.com, work.chron.com/much-money-nfl-player-make-year-2377.html.

  2. With the amount of advertising and sponsorships a pro-athlete receives, it makes sense how much they make yearly. From a teacher or doctor perspective, however, it does not make sense why they are not paid as much compared to pro athletes. Doctors have the intent to help cure people’s problems physically or mentally and teachers teach students the essential subjects to go to high school, college and prepare them for life which is irreplaceable. Not to downplay what it takes to be a pro athlete with things such as sacrificing time from friends and family, the commitment, the risk and other things, but it’s strange to me. Money is money, however, teachers in public high schools salaries tend to not have their salary raises go up by that much when they potentially deal with hundreds of students a day compared to a tenured quarterback who throws a ball.

    Response to Andrea:
    The endorsements and sponsorships that come from franchising are quite large. A safe assumption why athletes get paid more is because there is a market for spectator sports such as football, baseball and basketball so there will be investors there to safely put in money to help themselves for a few dollars.

    My question: Why do teachers not get paid more?
    Luckwaldt, Jen Hubley. “Why Doesn’t Society Pay Teachers What They Are Worth?” PayScale, PayScale,Inc.,www.payscale.com/data-packages/most-and-least-meaningful-jobs/teacher-pay-versus-job-meaning.

  3. After reading the article that Melissa chose this week it is clear that athletes make much more money than teachers or doctors typically make. I believe that it is not fair that athletes make so much money compared to other professions. I do not believe that it is fair because athletes do not need a degree to become an athlete and they make hundreds of thousands of more dollars than a doctor who goes to school for at least eight years. As Andrea said athletes give up a lot of time and energy to earn this amount of money but so do teachers, doctors and other people in different professions.

    Andrea asked why athletes get paid more than other professions and I believe that they get paid more because they are televised and become celebrities. Celebrities get endorsed by large businesses and then are able to make millions of dollars by supporting those businesses. Celebrities are able to gain so much money because of fans of that particular sport. Some doctors do get paid lots of money because they perform surgeries on celebrities but most doctors make about a third of what the lowest paid NFL player makes. This is because they are not nationally famous and are not endorsed by major companies such as Gatorade and Under Armor.

    My question is do you think that people such as doctors and teachers will ever be able to earn a living provides them with a comfortable lifestyle such as an athlete? Why or why not?

  4. The article does a great job of emphasizing how much money athletes are being paid currently and opens my eyes to how ridiculous how much they’re getting paid. I feel that athletes being paid 6 figures is fine, considering all of the practice, training, diet regimes, schedule, and even travel. My main issue with this is that them making over 375,000 is way too much – and this is the minimum salary according to the article! The role of athletes is to play for the pride of their country and to represent their group in a competition, however, this doesn’t compare to the role of what a teacher does, and they only make a starting salary of $36,141 according to Niche. Teachers influence the future generation and teach them the basics of the real world as well as how to function in society. Effectively, teachers are what makes the future business leaders, technicians, astronauts, and so much more. If the salaries of athletes or baseball players can’t change, then change the salaries of teachers, because they are the ones that deserve the most praise and it’s a shame they aren’t getting paid 6 figures. This doesn’t just apply to teachers however, doctors are paid $189,000 a year for doing one of the most important jobs – saving and helping lives across the world. The salary for doctors are very high but I personally feel that it should be even higher if you take into account the years of training, stress, and hours of sleep lost from several operations that can occur at any time of the day. Overall, I feel that athletes are severely overpaid as their role in society is not as important compared to other jobs such as teachers or doctors. Changes must be made to fix this issue as it is making an impact on people’s interest in areas of study just because of how much they’re getting paid.

    In response to Kylie’s question, I believe that doctors and teachers will be very far away to achieve the living conditions of athletes. This is mostly because athletes are paid ridiculously high compared to their salaries which equate to more wealth and better quality of life. I can see successful doctors or teachers owning million dollar homes, but there are many athletes that own multi-million dollar homes or multiple homes across the country or even the nation.

    My question to you is: Do you think eSport players should be paid as much as professional athletes such as Peyton Manning or Donovan McNabb?

    Sources: https://articles.niche.com/teacher-salaries-in-america/
    https://www.thoughtco.com/what-is-the-role-of-a-teacher-2081511
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2012/07/20/the-best-and-worst-paying-jobs-for-doctors-2/#6a42c53a2a3a

  5. After reading the article I do believe that it is sensible for athletes to be paid higher than most because they work hard for it. Not everyone makes it to the big leagues and those who do do a lot to get there. If the big salary was replaced with a doctor’s or teacher’s salary, would anyone train like Kobe or Curry, putting in the hours in the night for extra practice or following a specific diet and not enjoying the fattening meals? Exactly, athletes are paid higher because they aimed high and achieved their goals. This question would be no different from me asking “do you think CEOs of companies should be paid as much as doctors or teachers?” You would give the same answer I am giving: no, they worked hard for the salary and they’ve earned it. Moreover, athletes have to take big risks in their jobs. Injuries like Jeremy Lin can bring down stats and might even ruin his game, bringing down his salary. Players like Tim Tebow can come from the top to the bottom in a snap, losing their high paying contracts. These athletes put all their time into training and have the risk of wasting all that training as a result of an injury.

    Doctors or teacher shouldn’t make the millions of dollars as stated in the “How Much Money Does an NFL Player Make a Year?” Professionals are paid as much as they should be. For example, doctors put in extra schooling so they make more than teachers, but athletes put in more training so they make more than doctors. In addition, no teacher or doctor chose their job solely for the salary, they did it for the patients, the people, and the students. If they wanted more money they should’ve chosen a better paying job. Moreover, teacher and doctors only apply their services to around 30 people a day, while NFL players play for 100,000+ viewers and maybe even more through television.

    In response to David’s question of whether or not eSport players should be paid as much as professional athletes such as Peyton Manning or Donovan McNabb, I say that they deserve the amount that they’re getting. Athletes put in more work and take more risks as said before. Moreover, more people are willing to pay for a football game than a League of Legends game. Even if everyone else believed that they should be paid the same, where would the money come from? (On a side note, Peyton Manning is not paid anymore. He is retired, so technically he is making nothing.)

    Why do you think that so many complain about the high salaries that football stars get? Jealousy? Admiration? Explain.

  6. After reading the article that was posted above, I can see why athletes make the amount of money they earn each year. Many of them are sponsored and heavily advertised if they catch the attention of their fanatics. I agree that athletes should be paid this much money. Keep in mind that most athletes also make large amounts of money due to their endorsements. There has been some cases where the endorsements pay more than the actual salary. Being a professional athlete is not an easy task, it takes a lot of time, dedication, and sacrifice. Many of these athletes give up so much to be able to get to where they are. They don’t just get everything that they want, they have to work hard and earn everything just like in any other profession. They give up time with their family to train to get better at their sport. I also do believe that teachers an doctors should earn more because they are an important in everyday life. Teachers educate the next generation in order for them to be ready in the future. Doctors help us treat and get rid of illnesses that are harmful to us. They help ensure the health of future generations. As for athletes, they inspire other people so they can be professional athletes like them and achieve greatness. As stated before, Endorsements also play a big role in the hefty pay checks that athletes receive. Athletes who receive sponsors, receive them because they worked hard to make a name for themselves and in return they get sponsored.

    What do you think contributes to athletes earning a higher salary than doctors and teachers ?

  7. After reading this article, I don’t think that it makes sense for an athlete to be paid this amount. If baseball players make a great amount of money, I definitely think that people in the profession of a doctor or teacher should also make this much. I don’t think it is fair for athletes to make a substantially larger amount of money than people in other well-respected professions. Doctors treat and maintain the health of many lives. Teachers are the guidance that the world’s future leaders enhance their knowledge from. The main contributors to the large pay that athletes get are their fans and followers. Many sports fans view their favorite sports teams and players as figures of hope and motivation. Katie Hawley, a 17-year-old girl fighting cancer ever since she was 9, is a fan of the Anaheim Ducks. After constantly going through numerous treatments and surgeries, there were many cases in which she had lost hope and did not want to deal with the pain anymore. She was then inspired by other children who had similar health situations who remained optimistic to help and serve everyone around her. She became even more motivated to keep fighting cancer after her favorite hockey player, Rickard Rakell, sent her words of encouragement. The commitment and intense physical training to ensure that their skills reach their potential are admirable qualities of athletes. The role of any person through their career can have a significant impact on the lives of other people. Because there are so many different kinds of careers that involve different specialties, the specific effects that one kind of career may have on people may or may not be the same as others, but it is still significant in the lives of those people. I think that those who work in other well-respected professions should be paid just as much or possibly even more than athletes do.

    To answer Alan’s question, the ways in which athletes get a higher salary than doctors and teachers are contributions from fans and followers, sports team owners, and endorsements.

    Do you think doctors and teachers should get paid just as much as athletes or do you think that they should get paid more?

    Source: https://www.nhl.com/news/anaheim-ducks-honor-fan-with-cancer-at-season-opener/c-291627350

  8. Based off the article, it is shocking that athletes make so much money and more than medical jobs. It does make sense because though it looks simple to just play the sport and win. However, they put in a lot of work and dedication to this profession. It took sacrifice, courage, and hard-work. It might not seem fair to some people because other professions like, doctors or engineers, require a lot of schooling and memorization/knowledge. Athletes risk themselves from getting injured, these injuries can be minor or major. The major ones can lead to a permanent effect, which is a big cost. Athletes work hard and they deserve their pay. This is what they devote their time, privacy, and life to. Athletes also get celebrity endorsements, fame, become role models. I think it is fair that athletes get paid a substantially larger amount of money than people in other well-respected professions because they work hard, sacrificed their privacy and time with their family, so they deserve the money they worked hard for.

    To answer Kylie’s question: I don’t think doctors and teachers will reach the pay of athletes. I feel that athletes also make a lot of money due to how popular sports are. Sports is an entertainment for people and they are willing to pay to watch the games, merch, meet the athletes, and so on. People will pay athletes more to keep them encouraged to do their best so more people are interested.

    My question: In the future, do you think their will be new sports? Why or why not. And what would be the limit on how many sports there should be?

  9. After reading this article, do you think that it makes sense for an athlete to be paid this amount? Keeping this in mind, do you think that if baseball players make this much, people in the profession of a doctor or teacher should also make this much? In other words, is it fair for athletes to make a substantially larger amount of money than people in other well-respected professions? Why or why not.
    Seeing how much the average athlete receives as a yearly salary was very surprising to me. I don’t think it makes much sense for an athlete to be paid this much because although they work very hard to perfect and enhance their skills in sports, the games they play don’t seem too complicated. However, at the same time I can understand why they get paid that much; the sports industry is very much like the TV/film industry because they are both based on entertainment. Sports games are meant for entertaining the public, so by this logic athletes are similar to actors. Many actors receive a yearly salary similar in amount to the sports athletes’ salaries. I think that teachers and doctors have every right to make as much or even more than athletes do, because they are who help future generations to be what they want and stay healthy. I do not think it’s fair for athletes to be paid much more than these more important workers in society, because they have far less of an influence on the public as a whole than the other professions do.
    In response to Diana’s question, I don’t think there will be many new sports in the future, but this all depends on how far into the future we are talking about. It isn’t likely for there to be lots of new sports in 10 or 20 years, but with the rapid advancement of technology that our world is going through it is possible that many new sports where AI and robots are involved instead of humans will take the place of current sports.
    Question: The average salary of an athlete surpasses the average salary of an actor in the film industry. Why do you think actors are paid less than athletes?

  10. In response to Melissa’s question, I think that it does make sense for an athlete to be payed this much, because everyone deserves and has worked up to where they are in life, and so have athletes. A famous athlete’s career isn’t earned easily. It is most likely just as hard to become a famous NFL athlete than it is to be a doctor. Both work or train several hours a day in order to get better at their profession. Also, famous athletes have to sacrifice a lot because of travel and the stress that comes with being such a big influence on other people, and having their whole lives in the media.
    Furthermore, I think that doctors and teachers each deserve the current pay that they are getting. I think hat doctors and teachers don’t really need to get payed twenty million dollars as athletes do because it is impossible to just be giving away that much money to teachers and doctors all over the world. If it were that easy to get twenty million dollars, than many people would be teachers and doctors, and their motivation won’t be to shape young minds or save lives, but rather to get money. Anyone who passes the required college classes could become a teacher or a doctor, and they don’t necessarily have to be passionate about it; In contrast, in order to be part of a famous sports team such as the dodgers, one has to be naturally athletic, and love playing sports. Although being a doctor and a teacher are very well respected professions, I think that everyone works for what they get, and everyone deserves the pay they are getting, even though it might not be as high as another profession.
    Question: Do you think that there will ever come a day where teachers and doctors end up making millions of dollars just like athletes? why or why not?

  11. It does not make any sense in the world for a professional athlete to be making a salary far greater than even doctors and lawyers. An athlete does not contribute anything even mildly utilitarian to society. As a part of their job, they do not help people, they do not make the world better, they simply entertain. What they do off the field is another matter, but they’re not getting paid for what they do off the field. Meanwhile, some of the highest-paying salaries outside the sports and entertainment field are getting paid lesser, but still extravagant sums of money to save people’s lives. It does not make any sense to me that a football player should make more than a surgeon.

    Military salaries are still rather low in comparison. However, this is due to the logistical problems of paying the salary of the largest military on earth with nearly $13 trillion of national debt.

    To answer Sarah’s question:
    The film industry is made up of dozens of large companies competing with each other to create better films. These companies, while massive, cannot afford to pay actors millions of dollars to play a role in a film. However, the football industry is comprised of one, single entity: the NFL. The NFL is the American football industry. As a result, it can afford to pay massive salaries to players and teams.

    Question:
    Why do we pay athletes so much to play a sport?

  12. I can see both sides to the argument, like seth says it doesn’t make sense to make more than a surgeon”. while this is a good point , professional athletes spend almost all their time practicing and getting the bodies in perfect shape. Just like surgeons spend a lot of time perfecting their minds, athletes spend a lot of time perfecting their bodies. While athletes certainly do spend a lot of time on their jobs (which is what playing their sport is, a job) Getting paid millions of dollars to do it seems a bit excessive. I think that it would make more sense to “tax” their salaries a little in order to fund teacher salaries. However i think that the criteria for teachers should be raised. most athletes now spend way more time on being the best player they can be than any teacher. Teachers should be required to not just clock in and clock out making students memorize facts the curriculum tells them to.
    Q:You Espots be a valid sport in the olympics?

  13. As for Melissa’s question about athletes getting paid more than other working fields such as doctors or teachers why is it this way. I do think it is fair to say it’s perfectly fine because as to everyone they did deserve to be there just because all the players in a professional sports team did work hard to be recognized and recruited by an agency. Athletes and other working fields such as doctors do have to give up family time to make others proud of something they accomplished even if its winning a game by a couple points on the other hand doctors are on call every night and what these two different fields have is different schedules from maybe what their other family members have. But another thing that is lost from the NFL players is there privacy because there will always be questions asked and or something might come up against you or just about you. In all it takes time and to have the dedication to be there because it is not something so easy to do as to being a teacher or doctor they’re just simply different paths to get there. Many famous players get their fame from doing commercials and have private businesses who signs them and make money. As I said I do not think it’s unfair that athletes get a higher pay because at the end they are motivated by team members, fans and themselves, hardworking and remodels to many young children who wish to be like them in the future.
    QUESTION: Does the sport you play matter on the salary you make? (For example, NFL players making more money than a basketball player.)

  14. The problem with me personally on this issue is that the money that athletes earn does not have an effect on my life. Peyton Manning making $23 million dollars did not increase or worsen my eleven-year-old intelligence. It did not deter me from trying football, nor did it stop me from going to Cancun. The amount of money an athlete makes has never bothered me personally, but how the money is used has. For example, Vince Young, a former NFL player, signed a $25.7 million deal with the Tennessee Titans in 2006. He filed for bankruptcy in 2014 due to his extravagant, and unnecessary, lifestyle. It was also reported that some of his money went to his notorious spending sprees. He once spent $6000 on a meal at T.G.I Friday’s. When reports of wasting money like this are issued, I enter “does it make sense for an athlete to be paid this amount.” If an athlete is going to spend $6000 on a meal, then no, it does not make sense for an athlete to be paid a high amount. However when athletes donate their earnings to organizations or establish their own, then I believe it does make sense for them to be paid such copious amounts of cash. Despite my claims against Vince Young, he did use his money for the better good of the nation. He established the Vince Young Foundation and donated $5 million to the University of Texas at Austin. When professional athletes give back to their community, then yes, I agree that it does make sense that they are paid such high amounts. In summary, yes, I do believe that it is fair for athletes to make a substantially larger amount of money than people in other well-respected professions, only when a portion of the earnings is used correctly. This is not to say that those in well-respected professions do not use their money for the better. I argue that professional athletes have more power and authority to influence other athletes and viewers to do the same, as compared to a doctor that a patient sees at most three times a year.

    To answer Caleb’s question, I believe that ESports should not be placed in the Olympics. The first Olympics, according to howstuffworks, evolved out of a religious festival that honored Zeus. And folklore claims that Zeus decided it would be great to showcase the mortals athletic prowess. The word athletic is key to my argument, ESports does not involve any athletics or the common definition of athleticism, which is the “physical qualities of an athlete, such as strength, fitness, and agility.” ESport players may exercise their minds, but physical attributes. I believe that the sport must involve strength, fitness, and agility to be established as an Olympic sport.

    Question: Should sports have a minimum salaries?

  15. In response to Melissa’s question, I think that it does make sense for an athlete to be payed this much, because everyone deserves and has worked up to where they are in life, and so have athletes. A famous athlete’s career isn’t earned easily. It is most likely just as hard to become a famous NFL athlete than it is to be a doctor. Both work or train several hours a day in order to get better at their profession. Also, famous athletes have to sacrifice a lot because of travel and the stress that comes with being such a big influence on other people, and having their whole lives in the media.
    Furthermore, I think that doctors and teachers each deserve the current pay that they are getting. I think hat doctors and teachers don’t really need to get payed twenty million dollars as athletes do because it is impossible to just be giving away that much money to teachers and doctors all over the world. If it were that easy to get twenty million dollars, than many people would be teachers and doctors, and their motivation won’t be to shape young minds or save lives, but rather to get money. Anyone who passes the required college classes could become a teacher or a doctor, and they don’t necessarily have to be passionate about it; In contrast, in order to be part of a famous sports team such as the dodgers, one has to be naturally athletic, and love playing sports. Although being a doctor and a teacher are very well respected professions, I think that everyone works for what they get, and everyone deserves the pay they are getting, even though it might not be as high as another profession.

    Question: Do you think that there will ever come a day where teachers and doctors end up making millions of dollars just like athletes? why or why not?

    source: “How Much Money Does an NFL Player Make a Year?” Chron.com, work.chron.com/much-money-nfl-player-make-year-2377.html.

  16. After reading this article, athletes are paid a substantial amount although with much money comes great fame. Athletes in today’s society are patronized as role models although admiration can take a turn such as privacy and living a normal life goes out the door. The money they are receiving is being spend on private security, and even building a fortress around their home to be safe. Why don’t doctors and teachers make the same amount of money as professional athletes? Like mentioned before, athletes have more necessary expenses to ensure their safety and well-being. Furthermore, their is more funding to increase athletes salaries due to viewers like you. In a class room setting, their is not a crowd paying yo watch students work or people buying merchandise to support the doctor saving lives. We make the salaries for athletes increase.

    Do you think it is unfair how different types of sports is paid differently? ex. baseball vs basketball

  17. After reading the article I came to realize that athletes definitely do earn more than doctors or other important professions do. By important I mean careers such as doctors and teachers which are needed for the future and also those that can possibly save lifes. I absolutely think it’s wrong that a person who is vital to a persons life such as a doctor is being paid less than an athlete which, is doing nothing to help humanity. Not only is it unethical but it also has to do with the amount of hard work that is being put into the career. A doctor has to spend at least 8 years of their life’s to pursue that career while an athlete doesn’t even need to spend 1 year putting hard work and yet they still get paid way more than doctors do.

    In response to Irene I don’t think we ever will see a teacher or doctor making as much money as an athlete. I believe this because, as of today we aren’t doing anything towards bettering the amount of money teachers, doctors and other important professions are getting paid. Also, if teachers got paid as much as athletes do, there would have to be a lot more money.

    Question: Would you consider athletes who got paid more than doctors or teachers ethical or unethical and why?

  18. Well I am half-half on this subject, athletes could be very similar to doctors in many ways. Both profession put in countless hours and effort to be where they are at. One of the reason why athletes could potentially make more is from the merchandise that they are advertising and selling, while doctors can only make money through their patients.
    Question: Is the effort put forward by athletes amount to the money they make compared to the efforts of doctors.

  19. It is astonishing to me how much an athlete makes. I understand that athletes have to sacrifice a lot of things for their profession such as privacy and personal time but should an athlete really be making more that someone who saves lives? A doctors anual salary is anywhere from one hundred to three hundred thousand if not more. In comparison to what a doctor makes an athlete is no where near the spectrum. An athlete makes millions. I personally do not believe an athlete who only entertains society should make more than a doctor who saves lives or even a teacher who helps shape our future.

    Do you think all careers in the entertainment business should make more than a teacher or doctor? Or do you think some areas in the entertainment business should make what they make now?

    Citations: https://www1.salary.com/Doctor-Salary.html

  20. In response to Irene’s question: no, I do not think teachers or doctors will ever make as much as athletes simply because society isn’t entertained by doctors saving lives or teachers teaching students. The reason as to why there is so much money in the entertainment business is because we, society, make that happen.

  21. After reading the article I do not believe athletes should be paid this much because they don’t need to have such high degrees to play. I do think that other jobs, such as teachers and doctors, should be paid as much because doctors are out saving lives and teachers are preparing future leaders and future of America. Athletes should be paid a good amount of money for their dedication, training, and hard work but not such an outrageous amount. I think that having someone who plays a sport to win gets more money than a person who saves lives on a daily basis is just not fair. Athletes do inspire people and train hard but so do doctors and teachers, they prepare futures and should one day make as much money as athletes.
    In response to Janelle’s question I think doctors and teachers should at least make as athletes because we will always need them and will always be important.
    What would you pay professional athletes, for example a baseball player?

  22. I recently had a conversion about this with my brother. After looking at how much athletes make in a year, I came to the conclusion that the amount they earn is fair. Similar to doctors, athletes require a lot of training and dedication to make into the NFL. Where one plays for others entertainment and one saves lives they begin to diiferetniate on how they earn money. Something that most doctors are not are business men or women. Most athletes are business men or women. Sponsorships play a huge role in an athletes salary. Many are contracted by Nike, Adidas, Jordan, and other companies to advertise their clothes. Aside from that, many people tune in to watch the Super Bowl, World Cup, World Series, and etc to watch their teams play it out for the championships. Dedicated fans will buy tickets to any of the sporting events mentioned above just to get closer to the action. Ticket revenue and tv views are important for the players earnings. I certainly agree that teachers should make money, but at the same time teachers aren’t business assets.

    Question: how can we give teachers a fair salary for their work?

  23. The question of whether athletes deserve the amount of money they make is difficult to answer. On one hand they worked really hard and dedicated countless hours to obtain the unique skills and talent they show in their games. And on the other hand some teachers and doctors worked just as hard and don’t receive the same pay and recognition as professional athletes. In my personal opinion I believe that professional athletes shouldn’t make as much as they do. Even though less than 1% of athletes make it to the pro scene the labor dedicated to pro sports is nowhere near deserving of that kind of pay. Only a small handful of athletes are deserving of their pay because they are so outgoing and dedicated to their sport. I believe part of playing pro sports should include 30% of their yearly salary going to charity. I see playing sports for a living as a privilege and not necessarily an occupation.

    In response to Julianas question- a fair salary for professional baseball players should be around 150,000 to 250,000. Because they don’t work as hard as other athletes like those in hockey and football.

    My question- should winning teams get paid more than those that aren’t doing as good?

  24. After reading this article, do you think that it makes sense for an athlete to be paid this amount? Keeping this in mind, do you think that if baseball players make this much, people in the profession of a doctor or teacher should also make this much? In other words, is it fair for athletes to make a substantially larger amount of money than people in other well-respected professions? Why or why not.

    After reading this article I do not believe it makes sense for football or sports players to get paid this much. Especially if someone that saves lives like a doctor or a surgeon, or a police officer that protects us get paid substantially less. That is very unfair, I understand these athletes are under the public eye and they are their for entertainment purposes but they are running back and fourth with a rubber ball filled with air. While doctors are using their hands to save lives, no offense to athletes yes I find sports very entertaining , however they should either: get paid less or doctors and professions of that nature should get paid more.

    How much do you think players should get paid? What other professions do you think get over paid?

  25. After reading the article, I do see why athletes are paid the amount they get, but my opinion is 50/50 for this topic. I believe that doctors and teachers should get paid more because athletes aren’t the ones saving lives or helping out the children of the future. Although both sides takes a considerable amount of time to get where they are, doctors and teachers should get paid more since they are the ones that do the most contribution to everyone’s life, but athletes are a big part of the entertainment business and most athletes get their money from their endorsements, so I see why they get paid a lot and there is also the Olympics which has been around for many years and professional athletes dedicate themselves to train for their events and many people aren’t willing to do it and watching doctors perform various things on their patients isn’t as exciting as watching an intense match in the NFL or the Olympics.

    Do you think it is right for teachers to get paid less when they are the ones that teach us things that lead us to those careers (Ex. doctor)?

  26. I do not feel that professional athletes should get paid this much, it may be because I’ve never really cared about sports, but I also do not see how an athlete impacts society so much that they need to get paid that much money. Professions that benefit society like teachers, doctors, or surgeons do not make as much as athletes, and this makes no sense to me. These professions shape lives and save lives, when has an athlete saved dozens of lives in a single day? Never.

    To reply to Anissa’s question, I think that athletes should make around $60,000 and have good benefits so they can have good physical care and be healthy

    My question is: why do people idolize athletes to this degree?

  27. After reading this article, do you think that it makes sense for an athlete to be paid this amount? Keeping this in mind, do you think that if baseball players make this much, people in the profession of a doctor or teacher should also make this much? Initially, yes I believe people in the sports industry should be making large amounts of money. People in professional athletic careers like football and soccer, require a vast amount of training from a young age. These athletes put their whole childhood and time into sports. Athletes are also celebrities, they inspire people to dream big and work their way up from the bottom. Athletics allow young children to have a substantial goal in life and they encourage kids to work their lives up from the dust. In other words, is it fair for athletes to make a substantially larger amount of money than people in other well-respected professions? Some people in respected professions already make bank in their jobs. For example, surgeons make large sums up to millions of dollars. Whereas other professions do not require a life work on creating a lifestyle in a profession that requires an enormous amount of working out and hard labor. Therefore these professions should not be making these large sums of money. An example of a job like this would be a teacher. To answer Kyle’s question, “Why do you think that so many complain about the high salaries that football stars get? Jealousy? Admiration? Explain.” I believe people are quiet admirable of athletes. Children from a young age aspire to be the best chess player, golf player, or baseball player etc. People do not have the same persistence and dedication to sports like these famous athletes do. Athletes put sweat and blood into their work. Athletes deserve the amount of money they are working for; depending on how good they are at their job. An example of a good professional athlete would be, Mike Trout, who makes a good three figures for being an All Star rookie in professional baseball. Athletes pay roll works like a lot of jobs in the real world. If someone is good at a job then they will make a decent amount of money or gain a promotion to gain more money. Whereas if someone sucks at a job then they will probably be fired or be paid a small amount of money. This is not for every profession but it sums up good portion jobs in America.

    Question: Would you rather be a doctor or an athlete? Explain reasoning behind your answer.

    Evidence:
    https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/08/a-junior-doctors-salary/375642/
    work.chron.com/much-money-nfl-player-make-year-2377.html.

  28. As someone who does not care about sports at all, I do not really think it makes much sense for athletes to be paid so much. I feel like this would change if I knew and cared more about sports. As far as the pay disparity between professional athletes and other less glamorized professions goes, our athletes work in an industry valued for its entertainment value to millions, while others do not. The sheer number of people who watch sporting events, buy merchandise, and are active spenders on their teams are assets to the industry. Players work to continue to provide revenue for teams and organizations. Teachers and doctors on the other hand do not bring in money for an organization. They simply do their respective jobs regardless of financial value to their employer. Further, athletes work in a private industry that rewards physical skill while other valued professionals are funded by the government.

    To answer Santi’s question, I think a viable solution would be to reduce spending in other areas and increase funding for education. Currently the U.S. spends over $500,000,000 on defense while only spending $69,400,000 on education. This immense amount of money would be better spent educating youth rather than murdering people in foreign countries.

    Are teachers more valuable than doctors?

  29. Compare to other fields, athletes do not deserve these large amounts of payments since most of the time, they simply train, play, and relax throughout their career. Being payed $370,000 dollars a year is already surpassing the average primary care doctor wage center around $195,000, and seems to be unfair since it takes about 9 years worth of education to become a doctor, but that’s without mentioning the $166,750 worth of medical debt, and an added bonus of $30,100 worth of student loans debt. The fact that a athlete who simply trains, and plays in matches receive a higher wage than life saving profession is insane to believe so, however, this does not mean athletes do not work in extreme levels nor be lazy. In a website called “The Health Site,” the article states, “Any sport requires dedication, hard work and stamina from its players to be able to succeed in that given field.” Athletes experience extreme determination and dedication in training their specialised field, however, this is similar to doctors or other professional fields where they take large amounts of time in education, and practices to be qualified, but this simply demonstrates that other professional fields takes far more determination and dedication than a professional athletes. I believe doctors or teachers should make the same amount as a rookie athletes because in reality, the sole profession of a doctor is to save lives, and must be rewarded in high amounts of payment for that reason, and same goes to teachers, but in a little less value since the professional does not involve saving lives, but rather educating the future generations into greater success. In a washington article called “Why teachers’ salaries should be doubled — now,” the article states, “Instead, a teacher’s starting salary is, on average, $39,000. To some this might not sound so bad — but consider this: after 25 years of teaching, 25 years of professional experience, the average salary of a teacher is $67,000. That’s less than teachers would be receiving had they chosen to be a skycap at an airport ($75,000) or an insurance appraiser ($72,000).” In reality, doctors should only gain a small amount of boost in their wage while teachers should gain a significant high boost in their wage since the average teacher only gain about $39,000, and both professions should be paid the same as a rookie athlete.

    Answering Ryanpnorth question: I beilve the amount of effort athletes take is indeed challenging and rigorous, however, the amount they get paid does not compare to the efforts of a doctor in any slight chance. First, the amounts of dedication, determination, and patience for a person to become a doctor exceed higher than a person training to become an athlete since the education solely is around 9 years. In those 9 years of education, the efforts for those doctors are exposed to extreme level of stress, and challenges that are far more rigorous than any athlete’s journey. The effort of an athlete does not compare to the effort of a doctor, and those who are doctors should be praised for their dedication, and determination in achieving that field.

    Question: Why should Esport be considered as a sport? Why or Why not?

  30. After reading the article at first, I thought it is unfair that athletes get paid so much money compared to doctors or teachers, but at the same time I also thought that it makes sense that they get paid so much. Athletes are always getting sponsored by big name companies and gaining more wealth the better they are and that may seem unfair to people at first, people also must understand that being athlete also takes hard work. Athletes must go through hours of vigorous training year-round, so they don’t get out of shape when season starts up again during these hours of training they also go through pain whether it being an injury they obtained or pushy their body to work so hard. Another reason why I think that it is okay that athletes get paid so much is because most athletes have to retire at a young age because they can no longer push their bodies to the limit. Most major athletes only know sports and when they retire they won’t have another form of income from a previous job unlike doctors or teachers that can keep working until they are old.

    In response to Madison’s question I think people idolize athletes so much as a way of escaping reality for a bit. They idolize these people they never met because they think their ability to play sports is amazing and all the hard work they put in got them to where they are today.

    Question: Do you think there is a way to lessen the wage gap between people that contribute to society, such as doctors and teachers, and athletes?

  31. I think athletes fully deserve their salaries. While doctors might have dedicated years of their life to get into their profession, athletes spend almost their entire life preparing for profession play. Both athletics and other professions require hard work and dedication, and each should be rewarded accordingly. Even though doctors and teachers provide a much more valuable service to society, athletes provide entertainment to the masses and bring in billions of dollars in revenue for their respective leagues and organizations. While the pay gap may not be fair, it is to no fault of the athlete that they capitalized on their physical ability to make millions while a doctor might have capitalized on their mental ability.

    In responde to Diego, I think that both teachers and doctors are equally valuable. They both provide necessary services to different sects of the population. Doctors work to help the sick, while teachers work to educate the future. Both of these jobs are very different but both prove indispensable to society.

    Should pay be based on how valuable a profession is to society?

  32. I remember having a panel discussion on this topic last year in Pellegrini’s class and it has honestly left me in the conflicted and without a clear position. Teachers, doctors, and other civil leaders have a strong impact on a child’s life, making them extremely vital to a child’s future. Thus, they should be kept in high regards, along with being paid a well amount. Nevertheless, after seeing the statistics and factors that athletes put into their occupation, I can see that their pay makes sense, even though it seems to be at an extreme. Athletes risk their health and well-being every time that they walk onto the playing field, while teachers and doctors usually do not share the same risk. Although a doctor might be risking his or her life at the hospital by being exposed to different diseases, they do not risk their health the same way that a football player risks receiving a concussion or a soccer player from breaking their leg. Athletes also gain their pay from sponsorships, which is a privilege that teachers and doctors do not receive. With these sponsorships, athletes make even more money than before.

    I believe that teachers and doctors should gain a salary raise, based on the importance of their impact on children. Society takes teachers, professors, doctors, and other professions for granted and idolizes athletes for the sake of entertainment. Although I said that an athlete’s pay is understandable, I feel like it shouldn’t be as high as it is. Unless they use their fame and fortune for the bettering of mankind, I believe that they should be paid a fair amount less than what they are currently receiving. Doctors and teachers, “impacters” on our future, should be paid almost equally to our athletes and sports stars.

    In response to Jocelyn, I would rather be a doctor because it has been my dream and I would love the idea of saving people’s lives.

    Why do you think that women get paid less in the sports industry?

  33. After reading this article, it does make sense why an athlete is paid the listed amount, however, I do believe that the wage is an unfair advantage to others. I strongly believe that doctors, teachers, and soldiers should be paid vastly more than athletes. Doctors save people’s lives daily by performing risky surgeries and pulling off restless nights. Teachers are responsible for everyone’s children. They educate the future leaders of America. While NFL players guard a leather ball, soldiers guard our borders. Soldiers protect us from the outside dangers like terrorism and NFL players give us entertainment that could only last a couple of hours. According to Chron, soldiers make an average of $99,000 annually, which is very small comparing against a popular NFL player. NFL players make millions off of one 30 second commercial, but neurosurgeons only make approximately $380,378 per year on average according to PayScale.

    Response to Kobe: Women get paid less in every industry, but the main reason why women get paid less in the sports entertainment industry is because everyone only pays more attention to the male dominant sport teams and leagues. The World Series has just occurred and everyone had their eyes on it, but have we ever heard of a series similar to the World Series, but for women? The answer is no. In almost every sport, women aren’t viewed as much as men because of publicity.

    Do you think that athlete wages should be cut down and the cut-off money should go to professions such as doctors, teachers, and soldiers? Why or why not?

    Sources:
    http://work.chron.com/average-salary-us-soldier-9060.html
    https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Neurosurgeon/Salary

  34. In my opinion I truly believe there is nothing wrong with athletes making this kind of money. At the end of the day sports is a business. Every sports team is its own independent business that is NOT funded by the government. We as viewers are helping these teams make more and more money, so if people are truly angered by how much they make they should just stop supporting. While I do agree that teachers and doctors should make more that would be unrealistic because if you are looking from a teacher’s point of view, they are funded by the government so if we really did want them to make more our taxes would go up.

    Answer to Selena’s question: I believe it would be pretty difficult to to lessen the wage gap due to how teachers get paid by the government. If we really did want to lessen the gap, our taxes would have to go up drastically.

    Question: What is your guys dream job?

  35. I believe athletes do deserve to earn the kind of money that they receive and that they should get more than doctors. The reason being, that there are many more people who are doctors and medical professionals than successful athletes. Considering that the number athletes that are playing at a professional level is small, it shows that they worked harder than others to acquire a spot in the professional leagues. It is true that doctors also put in a lot of work, but there are so many people that become doctors. Unless they do something to further the science of medicine, they do not get a break out in popularity.
    Question: Should doctors be paid more over other doctors based on what they do?

  36. In response to Kobe’ s question yes I do believe that jobs should pay more based on how valuable it is. However, it is based on an individual’s values to tell if a job is more valuable or not, so there is no way to tell if one job is more valuable than another.

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