Do professional athletes earn more than they should?

Adam Vosburgh

amvosburgh09@ole.augie.edu

 

Whiny spoiled kids or professional athletes. At this point in professional sports, the two can be intertwined.

Within the past 10 years or so professional athletes seem to be complaining about everything and anything regarding their millions.

The NBA lockout last season is a prime example. The player’s association was in court against the owners for months. The reason? The players wanted just a little bit more money.

I believe that this is just a bunch of athletes acting like children. When you think about the big picture, what I mean will become clear to you.

Let’s say that a player’s association ends up in a lockout over money. Now let’s say that the reason they won’t continue with the agreement is because their salaries decreased by a few percentage points.

This, which is most often the case, basically says that the players want a few million more dollars. Now to me, it is just incomprehensible that they would need that extra money.

I believe this for one main reason: think about all of the good we could do if we deny Tom Brady another two million dollars on his already multi-million dollar contract.

There are bigger problems that we need to focus on in our lifetime. Oil shortages, world hunger and deforestation are a few of the major problems, and yet we end up overpaying athletes to play a sport we as fans spend even more when buying tickets.

According to visionofearth.org, it would take $175 billion to end extreme world poverty in 20 years. That represents less than one percent of the combined income of the richest countries in the world.

Now tell me, why can’t we use the money from athletes to do something like this? I may never know the answer to that question.

I cannot tell you how frustrating it is to hear athletes complain about money when I personally know people who are going through financial troubles, paying off student loans and mortgaging their house.

Sure enough, I turn on the TV and hear an athlete complaining over another $200,000 on top of his already huge income. And I think to myself, “He’s joking, right?”

These athletes do not need this money, so I am still wondering why we are paying someone millions and millions of dollars to entertain us. The key reason people might disagree with me is that they could say the money the athletes receieve will help pay their medical bills in the future. To that I would say, Well, they knew the risks involved in the sport, and they did it anyway.

I just have a hard time comprehending why we might give someone between $800,000 and one million dollars to ride the pine for a professional sport. Per year.

Major League Baseball may be responsible for the rising salaries of athletes. If all 30 teams’ salaries were combined, the total price tag of every big league player would be in excess of $2.02 billion. That translates to $67.6 million per team, and $2.7 million per player, according to Quinnipiac Chronicle.

You know who ends up funding the player’s salaries? The fans. For every expensive beer and hot dog you buy, you are increasing their salary.

One of the funnier things I have heard from athletes is “I don’t care about the money. I play this game for the love of the sport.” Oh, is that so? Well, can someone explain to me why the Philadelphia Eagles’ DeSean Jackson and many others don’t show up for training camps because they are unsatisfied with their salary? I would wager to say it isn’t because they just love the game.

If more athletes were less stuck up about their salary and  open to receiving pay, I could see athletes as being paid professionals. Until that year in sports comes, I can’t think of professional athletes overall as anything more than overpaid children.