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Toxik431

Do pro athletes need these paychecks?

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So as we all know most pro athletes get paid a absolute ton of money more money than most of us would ever even know what to do with if we were paid it and possibly more money than they can even spend however the question I want to ask today is do they need to? 

While not all of them get paid these astounding amounts of money and get “ small “ contracts from a few million while others make even bigger contracts breaking into double digits in the million range do they really need all of that just for playing the sport though? 

The reason I ask this is because odds are they are making more than enough to live off of from the contracts and if not then you factor in all of these endorsements from these other companies such as a show deal in the NBA for example or even the amount they get paid for commercials.

and to be honest i’m not too sure which side I land on because on the other hand these teams are making money off of them and their name because of their ability in a sport as are these endorsements but more importantly they do risk their own health and while rarely potentially their very lives.

so I ask all of you what do you think do they need all of these massive contracts they are offered by the teams?

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You do realize that they get these paychecks due to the legions of fans who buy all their shit right? Such as merch, tickets, etc. That goes to the player’s salaries. Furthermore why do you even care? How much someone makes shouldn’t be any of your business, focus on your damn self. That’s how I see it

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No one needs millions but it’s a luxury earned by some. Pro athletes are able to earn these amounts of money because with their abilities, they are able to entertain millions of people who will buy tickets, merch, etc. Sure, it would be nice and ethical to see a doctor or a teacher earn millions instead but they’re just not as profitable industries as entertainment like sports, acting, music, etc.

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The short answer to this is absolutely because everyone needs a paycheck when working, no one does it for free. Honestly who cares how much these guys make if there's money there then give it to them no need to hold it back, they're professional athletes who need to be paid according to how good they are 

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It’s their jobs, they are the best at the sport they are in. These athletes entertain us. They should be paid millions yes and like Julius said according to how good they are in the league. Like u can’t have LeBron James getting paid anything less than a super max right now because he is the best player in the league and brings so much money to the league. 

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Pro athletes are paid that because that is what the market can bear. Spending a ton of money on a talented player can bring all kinds of benefits to a team, like: Increased performance for the team in general, Increase in attendance during games (revenue), Increase in sponsorship (revenue), Increase in sales of merchandise (revenue)
Do you see where I'm going with this? They say that it takes money to make money, and if you have to pay a player $10 million a year but you get back an additional $20 million then it would make sense to do it, right? Sports are a lucrative business, but if only the people on top are getting paid well, then there is no incentive for new players to join a league in which all the money being made is effectively kept away from them. They are putting their full time into the sport keeping in which a discipline of diet, training, care and everything needs to be taken. I feel people who question it feel it is easy. I'm not going to get here and say i', comfortable about a world in which players are paid more than health professionals ect but i also see why it works that way. It is no wonder some hospitals in the world have turned to acting like a business. 

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Well i mean, of course. They might love the sport and all but entertaining the fans and such is an exhausting thing to do, and going to press conferences, interviews, meet ups and all that shit on top... it's not easy. Of course they should get paid for doing all that stuff cuz it's their job and it's what they think they're good at and what they've chosen to do.

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No one needs the paychecks, but they certainly deserve them. Everyone in the sports bubble is making good money, the coaches, the owners, the league of the sports, so I dont see why the players wouldnt deserve to earn a good amount of money, when they probably make everyone around them more money and are the ones generating the value for a big part. So yes, they 100% do.

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As Bart said no one necessarily needs such massive paycheques but the fact of the matter is, is that some industries are more profitable than others. Unsurprisingly, entertainment industries are some of the most profitable and that includes sports. It’s the same with actors, musicians, etc. They’re jobs may not be the most important or may not contribute the most to society but people are willing to pay big money to go see their favorite team play or meet their favorite celebrity, it’s just how it is and has nothing to do with if they need the money or not.

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