Professional athletes are overpaid because they do not provide society with an essential function that improves or strengthens our world, in comparison to other professionals such as medical doctors, lawyers, and teachers. These athletes are also getting paid millions of dollars for jobs that they only do for a certain number of games over the course of a few months, whereas other professions require long work hours over the course of an entire year. Professional athletes do not deserve to be paid millions of dollars for a job that they only do for a few months in a year and for a job that. This downside is that professional athletes go broke faster than they are drafted into the leagues. Many professional athletes such as NBA and NFL players go broke due to career duration, overspending, family issues, and lack of finance knowledge. When trying to become a professional athlete, one must start playing sports as early as possible Ferguson
Professional athletes, specifically in the NFL, NBA, and MLB, often are rewarded extremely substantial contracts and lucrative endorsement deals and it has been argued that their salaries should be reduced to smaller wages but they are paid in the way that they are for good reason; they provide the world with constant entertainment, work hard at their jobs and are only able to work for a small amount of time. In , both the NFL and the NBA locked out its players from team facilities and also completely shut down league operations because of disagreements on player salaries and reductions. In and , the NHL was locked out, also for financial disputes. The team owners wanted to reduce the salaries of their players and the players wanted to leave them be.
Are Professional Athletes Overpaid? The passages present a discussion about arguments concerning whether or not professional athletes are overpaid. This is an important debate since professional sports represents a multi-billion-dollar-per-year industry. The two positions argue whether or not professional athletes should be paid the large yearly salaries they are paid. Both viewpoints have valid claims warranting consideration.