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

Persuasive Essay "Pro Athletes Salaries""

2168 WordsMay 6th, 20119 Pages

Topic: Professional athletes are overpaid

Specific purpose: To convince my audience not to support and glorify pro athletes.

Thesis: Nobody should be paid millions for entertainment while others that do an important job as teachers are underpaid.


A. Attention material/ Credibility Material: Wouldn't it be great to make 31.3 million dollars a year and an additional 47 million dollars in endorsements simply to play a game? Michael Jordan, along with many other professional athletes thinks so. In the 1996 season, playing 3,106 minutes Michael Jordan made 170,000 dollars a day whether he played or not, equalling out to be 160 dollars a second. Even more unbelievable are Mike Tyson's earnings in his match with…show more content…

Even the squeakiest clean athlete has skeletons in his closet.

a. For example, Kobe Bryant is an accused rapist or Jason Kidd who is convicted of spousal abuse. And what about the rest of list, where athletes were not only accused but they were sentenced to jail for criminal offences.

1) Michael Vick, quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, was convicted of operating a massive dog fighting ring and was sentenced to 23 months in jail in 2007.

2) Chris Henry, wide reciver for the Cincinnati Bengals. Between December 2005 and March 2008, Henry was arrested seven different times. If you looked at Chris Henry’s wrap sheet you would discover that the NFL star had a passion for fighting in the streets, pot, driving drunk and teenage girls.

b. My point is, why would athletes even be suited to be role models? Because they're on television? In the words of the great Charles Barkley, "Just because I can dunk a basketball doesn't mean I should raise your kids."

4. Opponents of this view say that athletes’ deserve the money paid because payment is being received for a service - entertainment. a. You might say that athletes work hard for their money. It is true.

1) Not only they work during the season but they work off season too. But teachers work all year round as well, and when you are on your summer brakes, they are buried in a pile of paperwork.
2) It takes a tremendous number of

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