Overpaid and underworked?

Ryan Bartholomew, podcast producer

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Sports are part of everyday lives for most of the people in this country. People of all ages tend to play sports almost everyday and basically everywhere they go. However, it is not necessary to pay athletes with an incredibly above-average salary.

Professional athletes are making too much money in a society where a person’s salary or wage is traditionally based on the value of one’s work. In today’s culture, one should be paid according to the job’s economic importance and their value to society.

Teaching is one of the most important occupations because the future relies on the education of the youth, yet teachers are paid obscenely less than an average professional athlete. In fact, according to moneynation.com, each basket Andrew Bogut scores earns him more than the average classroom teacher’s yearly salary, capping out at over $110,000 per three point shot in the 2015-16 NBA season.

However, some may say that a teacher may only provide service to a single classroom, while professional athletes are entertaining fans everywhere, enticing people with a feeling of relaxation and excitement. Obviously, what these individuals must not be aware of is the most important man in our nation, the president, who makes critical decisions that affect the entire world every day, only makes $400,000 a year. While President Trump is making decisions that we would completely crumble under the stress of making, the unproven rookie is making over 27x that amount.

Furthermore, police officers, firefighters and doctors risk their lives and save lives for a miniscule fraction of what a pro athlete makes. People in service leave their families and their homes to fight and even die for this country, and they never recieve the same recognition as a professional athlete.

While it is understood that it is incredibly hard to make it into pros, and that it takes many hundreds or thousands of hours of practice, these people are merely public entertainers. Nothing more, but also nothing less.

Moreover, if these athletes want to continue to be rewarded with the fame and fortune that is given to them unfairly, they must prove that they are going to be positive role models for future athletes, and kids that admire them.

If Alex Rodriguez earns the same amount of money as it would take to feed the nation’s poor for a year, he can’t cheat or use steroids. What kids will learn from him is that “It’s okay for me to use illegal substances, because it will get me a huge check.” In order for these players to gain respect, they need to have a more significant impact on the community.

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