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Overpaid Athletes Persuasive Essay

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Every day people around the world complain about professional athletes salaries. Even though the top athletes make millions of dollars every year, the majority of athletes do not make any more than the average working class citizen. There are also many risks along with the job, and job security is very unstable. Expenses and taxes also limit the amount of money an athlete makes. Tax rates are extremely high for the men and women who participate in professional sports. The salaries of athletes such as Rafael Nadal and Drew Brees may seem to be a bit to high, but with all the factors that take money away from them they are not so high.

Athletes impact global, national, and local economies tremendously. Joel Brandenberger states, "From the…show more content…

With two professional sports teams competing in the same city, there is a constant flow of tourists and fans going to and from the Atlanta area. The Atlanta Braves have had an economic impact of over $100 million each year (Saporta, Wenk 1). There are about 1,648 full time jobs created by the Braves in the local economy (Saporta, Wenk). Saportareport.com states, "Visiting Braves fans stay 110,000 nights each year in local hotels and motels (averaging 2.5 nights per out-of-town fan)" (Saporta, Wenk 1).

Taxes pose a significant threat to the salaries of professional athletes. According to Jay MacDonald, "Professional sports players get taxed by pretty much every city and state in which they play." Professional athletes salaries are based on where they are playing. There are two different ways states impose their taxes on athletes. They either us4e the "duty days" method or the "games played" method. The "duty days" method divides an athlete's total number of work days during the season by the number of days spent playing in the state. The "games played" method divides the total number of games in the season by the number of games played in the state (Macdonald 3). The taxes are even worse for athletes who compete around the globe. They must often leave behind 1/3 or more of their earnings in local hands. Income taxes increase to around 30-40% for international athletes (Macdonald 5). In the United States an athletes income is taxed in the state where the team is

  • Some people don't understand how hard athletes work to br in the majors.

    For example I will talk about major league baseball players. Major league baseball players have to go through a lot just to make it to single a, double a, and triple a. They wake up at 5:30 in the morning get dressed, eat breakfast, and then they still have to go to practice that is about 4 hours long. You may ask how I know all this? Well my cousin is in the single a and told me everything he does once he wakes up. I asked him how hard is it to get to single a , double a, or triple a. He said its not easy you got to go through many training and practices. He almost got to double a but he messed up once and they sent him back to single a. So I believe they get paid a really good amount not to much and not to little. :)

  • They are not

    A lot of stress is put into this such as being pressured to make a movie a blockbuster. You have to give up your privacy and lifestyle for paparazzi and have to be hidden. I also think they're not because we're funding them, so we can't complain about their wages.

  • They earned this job they deserve the job

    People might say they are paid to much but they aren't. They have to start off at the bottom of the list to work their way up to the top of the chart. They are people kids look up to so they can have a dream job some day to be a pro athlete or an actor or actress

  • You give your money up to watch them, it is your fault they are paid that amount

    Without people going to go watch them then they would not be so popular and would not get the sponsorship that they need. Also the amount they get paid is in no way linked to the governments debt and the lack of money the army get. If you blame any one it is the people that spend their precious money to go watch them.

  • Hey need to be paid high

    Professional athletes have a serious age limit to their career, many will have to retire by 35. Very few will still be employed by 40. Actors work is always very uncertain, they can go years without a job. The high payment ensures that these people can continue to offer these services to the public.

  • They're paid what they're worth

    This is a free market, which means that sports team and studios are free to pay whatever they want for whoever they want. If it weighs on the conscience of the actor or athlete, then they are perfectly free not to sign on the dotted line of the contract. Sports and entertainment are big business, and the reason those companies can clear those profits is because of the talent they employ, and I do think that they're worth every cent.

  • This is false

    That is really stupid to say yes, they get overpaid maybe they do maybe they don't but i believe that they don't get over payed because they have devoted their whole life for their job and now that they have got here they shouldn't even get payed well. And just to be clear we are the ones paying them because we are going to their sports games or even watching or renting or buying there movies it is just that there funds and payments are coming from our pockets

  • This is false

    That is really stupid to say yes, they get overpaid maybe they do maybe they don't but i believe that they don't get over payed because they have devoted their whole life for their job and now that they have got here they shouldn't even get payed well. And just to be clear we are the ones paying them because we are going to their sports games or even watching or renting or buying there movies it is just that there funds and payments are coming from our pockets

  • They keep young teens remain hopeful.

    Children now days and especially teens look up to these people that we are now considering overplayed. They contribute to culture and encourage others to America. And we spend our money to keep them in business so it's our fault they get paid so much. If they really are overpaid, then why are we still watching tv and movies and watching sports?

  • Athletes and Actors do not get paid too much.

    In my opinion I feel as if we are to blame for , reason is because we give the money to these people for their movies, games and etc. They work harder and harder everyday to entertain you. They make money yeah , but they also do things to encourage you that you can strive for more in your life.