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    Professional Athletes' Grotesque Salaries

    OK. In a world of hurt and decline, how is it that we can accept and understand how insane it is that a professional athlete is extremely overpaid{team or solo}?? My darts, for the most part, are directed at American professional atheletics. Sure, the high-paid footballers and rugby players cross the line when examining their unseemly salaries - but the American football player and basketball/baseball equivelent, and what they are paid to play a game, is grostesque!! How can any reasonably sane person justify such incredible salaries and benefits? How really valuable and important to society and respective cultural are these jokers?

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    About as valuable as the market will bear.

    A bit like film directors, musicians or any other artist ...

    Someone paid $135 million for this:



    I wouldn't.

    And I haven't paid to watch a pro sporting event in quite a few years. There's a COLLEGE football game on in a few hours that I'm waiting to follow online (hoping it's on UBC, but I doubt it). Good tickets are $750.

    No thanks.

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    And if they're not getting paid enough they go on strike. What's with that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rural Surin
    My darts, for the most part, are directed at American professional atheletics. Sure, the high-paid footballers and rugby players cross the line when examining their unseemly salaries - but the American football player and basketball/baseball equivelent, and what they are paid to play a game,
    So where is it any of your fucking business what a private company wants to pay it's employees?
    What does it hurt as it is not tax payer supported with their tax contributions and really no ones business.
    If it bothers you so much you should not watch any professional sports being played, chill out, you have one of the most negative personalities on this forum and I think that you should either be confined to posting in MKP or banned from posting at all you Bigot asshole..
    And you should take some time off and learn how to spell FFS.

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    As my signature says.

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    I gave up on sports long ago ... just a bunch of overpriced whores and there are other places to find same

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    Professional athletes, dumb bimbo models, vapid celebrities, pretty boy or girl Talking heads, flavour of the moment pop stars, actors and actressses- all of these are radically overpaid compared to the productive value of their actual talents, you could easily argue.

    Otoh, nobody is paying them these large sums out of altruism, or charity. Neither are they subsidised by the taxpayer. When their talents, looks or just plain good luck elevates them to this 'celebrity' status, in actuality they become a commodity of far greater market value than the actual talent they possess- they become a marketing drawcard, and an audience and sponsorship gatherer. So the dispassionate argument is that it is just the free market in action.

    Otoh, I do find this celebrity culture in which we live quite inane and vulgar. Why should I pay extra for my wifes knickers because Elle Macpherson has been paid millions to flaunt her pretty arse in them? Why should I pay extra for Nikes because some basketball player is paid millions to shoot some hoops in them? Why should I buy expensive clothes, or poovey smelling perfumes, just because some French or Italian poof has deemed it worthy to put his signature to them? Seems crazy to me- actually I actively avoid this kind of shite in my buying habits.

    But the fact is, on a broader scale, celebrity endorsement works in marketing products- and that is the important fact, and the justification for these enormous salaries and endorsement fees.

    Now, can someone tell me please why the likes of Britney Spears, Mike Tyson and Paris Hilton can (or in Mikes case, could) earn more in a year than I will in my life? It sucks.
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    But still they are paid by some private business, and in turn they are very heavily taxed for their wages, look at Tyson and especially Joe Lewis who died in debt to the IRS.
    So what they are paid hurts no one, so why make an issue out of it, just small minds wander and jealousy is a nasty thing, and financially they take nothing from any of us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sabang
    Neither are they subsidised by the taxpayer.
    I'm not overly excited about living in a city that puts up municipal bonds to pay for new stadiums every seventh or eighth year ...

    Yeah, I know the stadium has other uses besides the local sports teams ... but users must pay a fee to use the stadium, if it's available.

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    I don’t think Athletes are all that over paid. The team they work for pulls in a certain amount of money and who besides the athletes deserves to get the lions share of the profits?

    I actually view sports teams as one of the fairest types of industries as it relates to sharing the company profits. Most other businesses out there give the highest levels of compensation to the owners/managers. Whereas in athletics it’s the guys actually doing the work that are getting the big bucks – good for them I say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang
    Why should I pay extra for my wifes knickers because Elle Macpherson has been paid millions to flaunt her pretty arse in them?
    Hope you haven't washed them

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    they are paid whatever they are offered... Do i think it s too much? Probably... Do i begrudge them? Not at all, get what you can, when you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogso
    get what you can, when you can.
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    I'd much rather complain about the teams holding cities hostages until taxpayer dollars are used to build them new stadiums/arenas.

    I really don't care how much the players make as long as the free market economy supports it.

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