Why do athletes get paid more than teachers?

A student’s opinion on why athletes get paid so much for doing so little

On most days, I love the idea of relaxing on my couch on a weeknight watching hockey with my boyfriend or seeing the Pittsburgh Steelers play football on a Sunday. Who doesn’t love to watch the Super Bowl every year even if it’s just for the commercials or the halftime show? 

I am a fan of sports just as much as the next person, but it doesn’t mean I support the fact that athletes are grossly overpaid. 

Sports provide entertainment to many people across the U.S. and among other countries. From football to hockey and even the Olympics, sports are a part of our culture today. 

They offer an escape for at least a few hours during our busy schedules.   

Still, why are sports players paid as much as they are for mere entertainment? 

Although they are very good at what they are paid to do as athletes, I don’t believe they use enough valuable skills to deserve all of the money they receive. 

Think about doctors as an easy example. They put an extreme amount of time, effort and their own money into helping others. 

Of course, they get paid well, but why not as well or more than athletes? Don’t get me wrong, I applaud all the athletes that donate their money to charities among other generous endeavors but they aren’t all Serena Williams or Lebron James. 

There are so many other occupations in the country that deserve to be paid more but are paid far less than professional athletes. 

I first gave doctors as an example, but now think about school teachers. According to business insider, they are paid an average of around  $60,000 a year, according to the 2017-18 school year. 

To some people that might seem pretty regular or even great if you’re a college student without a full-time job or lacking funds, but when you assess an athlete’s salary, this amount stands no chance. Yet, I should address the point that a number of athletes get paid way less at around $20,000 a year. 

Many of these athletes play in minor leagues or the major soccer leagues which are ranked on the bottom of the salary scale for sports.

In comparison to teachers, according to forbes.com, the average salary for some of the major athletes in leagues such as the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB are in the millions. 

I don’t know about other occupations, but teachers do a lot more meaningful work than any athlete that I have ever heard about. 

Americans love sports. It has become a big part of people’s lives. Although, sports and athletes’ salaries should not be more important than the education of America’s youth and rightfully compensating those who teach them.

~Kaitlin Sanata, Staff Writer~


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