Athlete Salaries: Are athletes paid too much money?
I would like to start off this post by mentioning the title of the article listed, about athlete salaries called, “Athletes are overpaid and selfish.” I think this is a rash title in the fact that it automatically equates being overpaid (a phenomenon that can be found in many fields of work) and being selfish. In today’s day and age, people are compensated for their work based on the value of their productivity. Mainly, it’s based on the values others place on their work. Take into example, Bill Gates value or more broadly, a doctor’s value. Both are valued highly because they have rare services or goods that people both want and may need. Bill Gates offered the world valuable technology, that people wanted. A doctor offers essential services, healthcare, which is both a want and a need for people.
Now take into account athletes, they are “overpaid” because like any other job, they are held valuable by society or certain cultures. “Overpaid” athletes maintain a loyal fan base, that are more than willing to dish out money for season tickets or the team’s gear. Obviously many may be selfish, you will find that in any group, but my point is that the contracts they sign are human, people want money and if they are valued at a certain price, they will take that. You could say athletes are paid too much money, but that doesn’t mean it’s completely unfair. The argument that people don’t need that much money to themselves is not as relevant as we may like to believe. You can be comfortable, have a nice car, a large house, etc. and earn no where near to an athlete’s salary, but does that make you any less selfish? If you had the chance to earn as much money as they did, if you had the ability to perform as they do, would you not take it?