Question of the day

glove-and-ballDoes it make sense that pro athletes make more money than people who protect our lives, save us from dangers and teach our children?  Why is that and is anyone at fault for it?

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14 Responses to Question of the day

  1. mssc54 says:

    Don’t even get me started on this one!

    If no one bought a ticket….

  2. Sue says:

    No, it doesn’t and I have no other answer than that. It’ll get me too mad and it’s too early for that!

  3. starlaschat says:

    I think it is way out of whack! I’m not sure who’s fault it is. Some people are way over paid and others not paid enough. Not fair.

  4. SKL says:

    I believe in the market. You can always vote with your pocketbook. I fear this may become an obsolete statement, the way things are going . . . .

  5. Laura says:

    Aside from the “don’t buy a ticket…” argument, there’s the other side, which I don’t know is accurate, but it’s something to throw out there.

    Every time a government needs to ‘cut back’ it’s budget, what does it do? It doesn’t get rid of excess administrative assistants, it doesn’t cut into politician’s salaries, it doesn’t cut back on perks (tell me again why state governors need to travel overseas?), it cuts back on teachers, firefighters, police officers. Why? Because THAT’S what’s going to get our attention. Those are the jobs that hit closest to home for the taxpayers. If they were paid well, that leverage would be gone. I’m not sure where i’m going with this, or even if it’s accurate (honestly, it just hit me today), but I really think that there are two sides of this argument. It’s so easy to say, “Oh, those sports guys… they make too much… people should stop buying tickets….” which is all true, BUT, why should people give up their hobbies? Most of those spectators are not regulars. They’re the ones who go to the game once in a summer, or even once in a lifetime, so paying that ridiculous amount for a seat becomes a little more reasonable.

    It can be argued (I hope) that we, individually, pay much MORE in tax dollars, so shouldn’t our public servants (the real ones, not the politicians) be paid well? But they’re not, because they’re the key to us paying even more.

    Just a thought…

    • Just a Mom says:

      Great point of view Laura! I couldn’t have said it better myself!

    • Joy says:

      I really agree with you too. It’s a no win situation to me. We don’t go to many games either but if and when we do, we want to go and we plan for the money we pay. The movies are terrible now. You can afford to get in but then you pay outrages amounts for treats. But, we do it.

      It’s so hard to get into “who should get paid more.” It’s a touchy issue depending on who you ask.

      • Laura says:

        I probably shouldn’t tell this, Joy… but the last movie I saw in my town cost me a TOTAL of $10! $5.00 admission, and $5.00 total for a medium popcorn/drink combo. And that was last year – when I went to see Indiana Jones!

        • Laura says:

          oh, yeah, and that was NOT the matinee price… it’s regular price, all the time.

        • Joy says:

          That’s not bad at all. I guess it depends on where you go. I don’t go to theaters hardly ever but that’s a post in itself but that is a good price.

  6. I agree . . . it makes no sense at all, and this coming from someone who goes to see out MLB team about 6 times a season (we don’t do the fancy, so-close-you-can-touch-the-field seats).

    Think of most any form of entertainment (short of free internet porn, of course ;^) ) — we pay a higher price for it because we’ll pay a higher price for it. Marketers, companies, record labels, publishers, etc. . . . they know there’s money to be made from a source that’s a popular figure. Most entertainment is a form of escapism, and if you want to escape it’s gonna cost you.

    “But TV is free” you say. For you and I . . . largely. But don’t kid yourself into thinking that advertisers don’t build their advertising costs into their products. We pay, eventually.

  7. nikki says:

    Something I have been irritated with for years! Hmm who should make millions of dollars…doctors, firefighters, teachers…or sports players?? Should be common sense answer yet so far from what really goes on! Lets give a bunch of men a ball to play with and pay him millions of dollars! Lets give teachers our children to teach and help mold and pay them diddly squat! Infuriates me to no end!

  8. javajunkee says:

    totally agree with how laura stated it. However paying taxes is never going to be optional and we are never going to get a voice in how that money is spent. Sports players along with actors and actresses are way over paid. WAY! So what can we do about that. Like others have said…don’t buy a ticket. My bff goes to see the Cardnials several times a year and I won’t even tell you what she pays for a family of 4 each time they go. That along with gas and camping fees to stay over night. So you do have regulars who can afford this…that’s great that they can afford it..but they are the ones fueling the price these people are paid to play something that used to be a “GAME”! A game that your average joe could even afford to watch. We can’t afford tickets up to see our local ballplayers.
    And I will NOT pay to see a movie in a theater. Ok RARE RARE occassions and I will see it at the cheap showing. Yes I rent videos but I rent them after they’ve made their way to the $1 rack.

    I do not see why there have to be homeless people and then we’ve got actors and actresses making movies that a lot of us live out everyday of our lives and get paid outrageous amounts of money. I mean come on look at those houses??? HOLY CRAP! AT least back in the day there had to be some talent involved. You name just about any actor or actress….what role they are playing has been done before and will be done again and somebody else will get an outlandish amount of money for what they call acting.

    Somebody help me off my soapbox will you. 🙂 Great topic though.

  9. Doraz says:

    Well, I am just going to say that we all have choices in life. I feel that a person who happens to make a choice to become an actor or a pro athlete, should not be put down. They are just taking advantage of a situation that was set up by others, they had nothing to do with that! I happen to know a lot of actors and pro athletes. They work extremely hard at what they do. I respect their lifestyle.
    ~~~~Just my opinion~~~~

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