Overpaid Athletes. Disclaimer: I didn’t work out the pay comparison; it was Peter Struck, associate professor of classical studies at the University of Pennsylv sport
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Overpaid Athletes. Disclaimer: I didn’t work out the pay comparison; it was Peter Struck, associate professor of classical studies at the University of Pennsylv

Disclaimer: I didn’t work out the pay comparison; it was Peter Struck, associate professor of classical studies at the University of Pennsylvania. If you have an issue with his math, I’m sure he would be delighted to hear from you.

Source: OC from sources: www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/7942699/Wealth-of-todays-sports-stars-is-no-match-for-the-fortunes-of-Romes-chariot-racers.html
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User avatar #61 - springbok [OP]
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Fix: I meant to say Roman legionary instead of Roman centurion. As has been established before, I am not a smart man, but I know what fluff is!

The pay comparisons are based on Forbes estimate of Salary/Winnings + Endorsements for 2014. www.forbes.com/athletes/list/#tab:overall
#92 to #61 - billburr
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I'm not sure you can directly compare relative wages in such different societies and such different places. I'm pretty comfortable with the notion of 1950's vs 2000's dollars but the structure has changed so much in the last couple thousand years that it might not be relevant.
User avatar #109 to #61 - kamikazikraut
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Agreeing with billburr. Soldiers of the Roman empire were paid and treated much better than our soldiers of today.
User avatar #1 - sumsar
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athletes have been overpaid thought history.
#21 to #1 - kez
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Not overpaid.

Earned with a **** ton of hardwork, dedication and luck in a lucrative business
#50 to #21 - anon id: 342383fa
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Why should somebody who wears a helmet and protects a ball get paid more than somebody who wears a helmet and protects a nation?
User avatar #69 to #50 - ieatbengay
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being a soldier isn't hard
#84 to #50 - anon id: 06472598
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Because anyone can go enlist and get into the military. You don't even need any type of special skills to get in just sign up. Now how many people end up being multi million dollar earning athletes?
#95 to #84 - shadowgandalf
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How many can enter the spec ops tho?

I'd wager anyone that is an active spec obs, have easely worked as hard for their jobs as the footballers.
#133 to #95 - anon id: 06472598
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But do people in spec ops give inspiration and excitement for millions of people daily? Don't downplay what these athletes have done to get to their position they've trained trained trained for nothing but to become what they've always dreamed about since they were children. And most people eventually have to one day come to the realization that they just can't do what they trained their whole life for because someone is faster or stronger or just all around more naturally gifted.
#134 to #133 - shadowgandalf
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That still does not justify such a large salary.

I'm gonna go ahead and say that nearely every single south korean citizen who have completed college in the last 30 years, have worked harder than any footballer ever had.

They literally work themself to death, either via exhaustion or suicide.

Likewise, poor chinese people, working in sweatshops since they where kids to fully grown each and every single day, yet don't even get paid a 1/10.000 of a footballer who have most likley worked less.
#48 to #21 - shadowgandalf
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You think that atheletes works harder than others? Bitch please, they are not even near the top of hardworkers, yet they rake in 100 times more money.

Your payment is not about who works hardest in capitalism. It's about who works smartest, in the field that exploits the most.
#89 to #48 - kez
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Nearly every pro footballer (Soccer) has played 100,000 hours of football since the age of 4/5. Thats about 11 years of football.

Playing every day and when told not good enough at something, not fast enough, strong enough etc, spend every waking moment doing that.

Frank lampard for instance, he was going to be let go at 19 cos he was too slow.

He spent every single day doing sprints, snow, rain, summer heat you name it he did sprinting until bed time after his club training and fitness sessions.

You're just jealous they are better than you as humans.
#93 to #89 - shadowgandalf
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Um. No?
Do you honestly think that only football players have worked thousands of hours on honing their craft?
Every. Single. Craftman path in the world will result in that.

A car technician that have worked 100.000 hours , vs a footballer who have played 100.000 hours.

Why should the footballer get paid more? A car technician does not drop the work once he goes home, his work IS HIS LIFE. Follows everything, all the major technical developments, all the new models of cars, all the new reparation tools.

Yet the diifferece in salary is aeons apart. Why?
#96 to #93 - kez
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There is no 28 year old car Technician who has been trained since he was 4 and spent 100,000 hours fixing cars.

a Car technician to have done 100,000 hours would be like 45
#97 to #96 - shadowgandalf
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Theres no 28 year old soccer player who have played 100.000 hours of proffesional football either
#100 to #97 - kez
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They all are.

The top class ones at least.

It because they have been dedicated to the sport their whole lives.

Car technicians choose to be that when like 15 and get trained at like 18, footballers start at 4
#108 to #100 - shadowgandalf
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Also, a CI's job does not only involve fixing a car.
You have to keep up to date with every single brand of cars, tools, fuel, grease and electronics.

Saying that you are only working as a car technician when you are working directly on a car, equals me saying that you are not working as a footballer outside of a 90 min proffesional game.
#105 to #100 - shadowgandalf
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Nope.

A 4 year old is not playing proffesiional soccer.

Once he starts getting a salary he can live off, then it's proffesional football.

Otherwise i want to count every single vehicle related thing i've ever worked on for the 100.000 hours.
#135 to #105 - kez
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I dont care about the car technician. Its not an important part of the point anyways.

That said, what are you talking about.

Ofc the 4 year old isnt a professional, but he is being trained to play football by coaches...

You said something completely unrelated, it was weird.
User avatar #41 to #21 - charagrin
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When you compare their salary to the average soldier, cop, paramedic, or other public service profession...yes, they are overpaid. Not saying it is wrong or anything, just that it is kind of ridiculous to make millions catching a ball, while a soldier struggles to pay his bills while getting shot at.
#101 to #41 - kez
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Both as important as each other.
User avatar #26 to #21 - TheAdolfHitler
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That's true.

But, they get paid 100x more than the average person.


They work hard, but not to that extent.
#24 to #21 - anon id: dfe3fd15
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But not completely. I advise you to read the book "Outliers", or at least the first chapter which is what this pertains to.

That said, there is also more money going into the sports side of say, the US then almost any other career in terms of scholarships and whatnot. The fact that this is true in of itself is deeply depressing, but that aside it's not hard to imagine that anyone capable of being successful will have a lot of resources behind them to make it happen. Something which unfortunately cannot be said for many other career paths.

And no doubt that sports in general take a lot of hardwork and dedication, surely I think this can be said for anyone who is in pursuit of something they truly enjoy doing. I personally have put a lot of hardwork and dedication into Computer Science/Electrical Engineering but I will frankly never make a fraction of a percent of what these people will make in my entire lifetime. And mind you, I'm a very well paid individual as per the average.
#52 to #21 - chiefbonebiter
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They're still overpaid.
And they're not even doing anything useful
#99 to #52 - steininja
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Nr.1 - Supply and demand, *******! Learn the concept

Nr.2 - Seeing the joy, entertainment, etc that athletes bring it is far from useless.

So why don't you stop being an ignorant cunt just because you don't like sports?

inb4 all my typing/grammatical errors (English is my second language)
#88 to #52 - kez
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Yeah, who cares about inspiration and enjoyment for millions?

Lots of people have ****** lifes.

But sport is something that connects most people and gives them happiness.

**** that right?
#90 to #52 - anon id: d4159d69
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They are paid more because they make more for the person paying them.

You want a doctor to make as much as an athlete...well you are gonna have to start shelling out a **** ton more for medical services. But wait...who wants to pay thousands of dollars to get a check up. Certainly not me. Doctors aren't going to make money on advertising so their only source is us directly.
User avatar #54 to #1 - praisemantas
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Bread and circuses to the people
-Juvenal
#118 to #1 - dross
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So was your English teacher.
#106 to #1 - JHDog
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you have realize that success of athletes is dependent on the ratings of that particular sport (NFL, NHL, NBA, etc.) Soldiers are paid through the government which relatively doesn't pull in that much revenue (it's debated whether politicians or solider should get paid more, but thats a different arguement). These guys are getting by two different sources, there's really nothing that can be changed about it unless people stopped watching ESPN and war was a televised event.
User avatar #65 to #1 - strelokkk
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Throughout*

Sorry
User avatar #3 - vileinsect
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i wonder whatt they do with 50-60million a year?
#122 to #3 - anon id: 483ca1d4
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ur mum
User avatar #7 to #3 - springbok [OP]
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Spend it. 78% of NFL players and 60% of NBA players go bankrupt within 5 years of retirement.
#14 to #7 - vileinsect
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but why  i doesnt have the picture where ryan reynold wearing a scrub and saying but why
but why i doesnt have the picture where ryan reynold wearing a scrub and saying but why
User avatar #17 to #14 - alonetime
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they never learned how to spend it carefully or save because they always had so much money blowing out of their assholes, that they never had to worry about running out
#42 to #14 - charagrin
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Here you go.
Here you go.
User avatar #47 to #42 - vileinsect
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thanks man
User avatar #22 to #3 - emmerich
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They buy games on steam... when they are not on sales.
User avatar #40 to #22 - skulldan
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YOU CAN DO THAT?
User avatar #60 to #40 - emmerich
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Only if your allowance is 60mil per year.
#6 to #3 - hasinvadedyou
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#57 to #6 - anon id: 149de884
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******
#30 - underthetable
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i don't think actors and sports players should make millions of dollars a year...freaking messed up world that a person who plays with balls all day gets paid more than someone who has a brain.
User avatar #32 to #30 - sumsar
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thank you someone else sees my point. we pay people millions of dollars to play a sport and the ones who are truly important don't make 1/4 th of that. i think for one year athletes should get teachers pay and vice verse.
#35 to #32 - underthetable
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for real, i'm an IT student and i'll never get a job making anywhere near a million dollars a year. The saddest part is when I retire I will probably have a million dollars to live off of which is fine. But these people play one freaking basketball game and make more than 100 Doctors salary.
User avatar #55 to #30 - PlagueDoctor
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I don't think my bike should have broken down yesterday.
But it did.
Nobody really cares what you or I think should or shouldn't happen and in our world show sells better than saving lives. Always have, always will. Get over it.
#110 to #30 - anon id: 0e54f6b9
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Now here's something to keep in mind, when you say actors and sports players you are referring to FAMOUS people. Regular actors struggle to make rent, sports players work harder and train every day to keep up their performance. Anyone who is famous gets paid more, that's just how things go. If you think it's so easy, you do it, people are clearly willing to pay. Oh that's right, you're just butthurt because you are a loser on the internet, ect, ect..
User avatar #131 to #30 - fukkendragonite
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Sports teams are private businesses. If some billionaire wants to pay Cristiano Ronaldo $80,000,000 a year, then he can do that. Can't tell a guy how to spend his money.
User avatar #34 to #30 - tehfalconguy
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It doesn't matter what's fair, it doesn't matter what anyone thinks is right, the fact of the matter is that's just the way the world works. People who can play sports at a professional level are few and far between, and in that type of career they have an insane risk of injury possibly ending their sports career not to mention they retire super early. The fact of the matter is that not many people can do that job, and you can't very well just replace Shaq so they're paid a lot to keep them there. If jobs were paid by how people think they should, everyone and their mother would become a schoolteacher and get paid a ******** for a job arguably most people could do, and other professions would have absolutely no incentive going for them.
User avatar #77 to #34 - nustix
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I don't think that is the main reason. There are enough actors and sports man, and there aren't that much proffesors either but they get paid less either way. But it's what the people want. The reason they get paid so much is because they represent companies for money and why do companies pay them so much? Because they are famous among the people. If professors or doctors would be that famous they would earn as much as those sporters do.
#102 to #77 - hillbillypowpow
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people won't pay fifty dollars per person to watch a professor give a lecture about the significance of the symbolism of the Trojan horse in the Iliad.
#113 to #102 - smokeymouse
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no they pay about 1k to do that.
#115 to #113 - hillbillypowpow
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maybe a couple thousand a year if that, but millions of people will go see a football game
#119 to #115 - smokeymouse
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millions of people go to college
#124 to #119 - hillbillypowpow
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and there are a lot more professors than NFL players
#123 to #119 - hillbillypowpow
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much more go to sports games
User avatar #82 to #34 - tittylovin
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>guy gets injured playing a game
>gets the best treatment possible, still has a fortune
>somehow this justifies him being overpaid
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#36 to #34 - underthetable
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You're just an idiot...Its a SPORT. This is not a career. PEOPLE make the world what it is. That means PEOPLE can change it. If you truly think that these people deserve 60 million dollars a year. I think you're an idiot. What about Doctors who save lives? Why do they get 100k a year? They are skilled more so than any sports athlete. Athletes should not be glorified like this. Its a sport. It's completely and utterly a useless skill in the real world that's glorified by idiots. P.S I do not watch sports, they're mind numbing.
User avatar #39 to #36 - tehfalconguy
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Have i said that they deserve all of it? No. But do you know what? As long as ********* of people watch them, and advertisers make ********* of money off of athletes, it will never stop. The world doesn't work like that. Not everybody has to be a GODLY LIFE SAVER CHANGE THE WORLD MAN. However, these people who get famous (the ones who are smart) still do inspire people and save lives and become good role models for children. Not everything has to be so serious. Should teachers get paid more? Yes. But does an athlete who takes a huge risk in attempting to become a professional so he can **** up his body for the rest of his life to entertain people getting paid a lot really directly affect you? No. If you want to figure out a way to distribute food equally across the world and bring world peace and bring salaries to exactly the way they are "fair" be my guest. You'll be a ******* hero and I'll be your #1 fan. But since neither of us can and none of that will happen in the forseeable future you might as well learn how things work so you can accept it more. By the way, are you seriously trying to argue that doctors make no money? Surgeons and other health professions that not everyone is capable of make a metric ******* of money. The other medical professions that anyone can study to become still make pretty damn good livings (I.E. an orthopedic surgeon might need to make important decisions under pressure while many more people are capable of studying to become a surgical tech and taking care of the equipment)
#86 to #36 - anon id: 06472598
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You don't have to watch sports to know that ANYONE can become a doctor with hard work and dedication ANYONE. But not everyone can just wake up and decide to have the natural talent or physique to go and play any type of professional sport. The chances of anyone being a multi million dollar earning athlete are ******* abysmal. Anyone can be a cop anyone can be a firefighter anyone can study to be a doctor but you can't just take a couple tests to become Lebron, Tiger, or Tom Brady.
User avatar #27 - Sworley
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if it was an easy job to obtain, you wouldnt get paid that much
#80 to #27 - anon id: f28494d7
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It doesn't matter if it's "easy to obtain", you're not doing a job that's worth all these millions of dollars.

Not to mention that most of these people are probably getting paid their money not because of their skill, but because of their name.

If you're going to be a dumbass, at least be a full-blown dumbass, not the one that just overlooks important points.
#91 to #80 - anon id: d4159d69
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Doesn't matter? That is pretty much all that matters in these situations.
#87 to #80 - anon id: 44667762
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If you have no skill, you probably have no name.

CR7 is a really impressive player, if his team and he's in good form. He wasn't elected World's best player with bitching around and crying..
User avatar #79 - alfjnn
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Economist guy here.

Okay, I shouldn't be typing **** after being awake for 20 hours, but hear me out.

For those of you complaining about actors and athletes being over paid, understand that these industries are -huge-. Like, culture definingly huge. In the grand scheme of things, though while a soldier or fireman or policeman, might be infinitely more honorable or noble, in our modern society, people will always like movies and sports more than they will soldiers or life savers, or this that and the other thing.

As you can see with the content, this has been the case for generations (though it's rather innacurate, being that the basis was the pay for roman soldiers compared to modern day US soldiers, and Roman Soldiers were paid pretty well, compared to the rest of Roman Society, so the multiplying factor is kind of ****** up. Basically, he's still on par with modern sports dudes as well. But that's not the point.)

But as I was saying, when your life, or the lives of you and your kind can define an entire culture, (seriously. Look at harry potter, or people who are super into sports) you would imagine that there is a lot of money to be made. I don't even want to go into the fact that some of these people have trained their whole lives to do what they do, and blablabla, because that's just not the point.

tl;dr there is no place for honor or nobility in economics, especially when there is money to be made, and it is near moronic to argue ethics in a monetary based society. Though it hasn't always been like this, nor will it always be, it is how it is now for specific reasons.

If we follow the course of economics, **** should change in a few years. But please don't make ridiculous statements like "SOLDIERS SAVE LIVES, THEY NEED TO MAKE MORE MONEY THAN ACTORS" People get paid for talent. Not everyone can act, but a lot of people can be soldiers. (As rude and as awful as that might sound. I'm a patriot through and through, it hurts me to say.)
User avatar #67 - thedutchs
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"Wealthy women would also pay to have sex with him, often with the blessing of their husband'

Some real cuckold **** right there
#73 to #67 - springbok [OP]
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I wish I'd gone to more orgies!
#59 - homohominilupusest
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way to go, society
#112 to #59 - SoundWave
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nice
in my country firefighters are paid 10k a year isnt that swell
User avatar #130 to #59 - undeadwill
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its a government job no one said it pays well.
User avatar #76 to #59 - threeeehuggings
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Very few people have the skills and talent to make it to the absolute top in football, handegg, basketball etc. whereas a lot of people have the skills and talent to become firemen (1.1 million in the US, as the guy below pointed out)

Also firemen don't sell any of their personal merchandise, they don't even have any, whereas Real Madrid makes 50+ million euros per year with just selling merchandise of Ronaldo
User avatar #107 to #76 - midothegreat
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i like how you casually called it "handegg"
#64 to #59 - robuntu
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1.1 million firemen verse ~500 NBA players.

Factor in the actual rate of fires (never had one, nobody in my family has had one, none of my friends have had one) verse the rate of enjoying a professional sporting event (I don't like sports, but my family, friends and co-workers can't get enough of that crap)....and it's pretty easy to understand why they get paid what they do.

Supply and Demand is a bitch, but it's never wrong.
#68 to #64 - springbok [OP]
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You have a good point. But also you can extend that figure of 1.1 million firemen verse ~500 NBA players because the NBA is a global game with fans in many counties. Players will be paid what the free market deems their value to be. It would be completely different if fire departments were split into franchises and they had to compete with each other for the best firemen. The super star firemen would command large salaries because paying customers (people whose **** is on fire) would be draw towards the company with the best performers.
#72 to #68 - robuntu
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The problem is firemen aren't entertaining. They can only effectively 'protect' a small area of land, which is why we need so many. You can't scale that up. And that's why we have millions of firemen worldwide.
User avatar #75 to #72 - springbok [OP]
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I’m sure we could work out a way. The NBA is only the elite league, there are hundreds of other minor and semi-pro leagues who don’t get paid anywhere near the same amount. So if we had an elite fire department league (perhaps the major cities split into east and west divisions) with firemen being promoted and relegated from the minor leagues. It would be difficult to schedule regular fires to televise, but maybe some kind of an agreement a group of arsonists……
User avatar #66 to #64 - homohominilupusest
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So if there's only 1 president in the country and everybody in the country needs him there, how high salary can he ask for?
#103 to #66 - hillbillypowpow
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As much as people are willing to shell out I guess
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Those numbers for the athletes are a tad high.... I don't exactly remember but Mr. CrampsAlot is paid like 20 - 30m a year
#28 to #18 - swagmonstah
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Mr. CrampsAlot who cramped once this entire season/post season, played more minutes than any other player and averaged more PPG this playoffs than any other player?
Oh nevermind, you were giving that nickname to someone else, surely not the best ball player alive.
I can understand disliking a team, but disliking a player for the sole reason that he's the best player alive is immature, and discredits any other opinions you have.
Faggot.
#116 to #28 - ncsutroll
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(06/21/2014) [-]
people don't dislike lebron for being the best player alive, they hate him for being a massive arrogant prick
User avatar #44 to #28 - bigdthebeast
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did you really call Lebron the best player alive. You are aware that Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan are still alive? Or you must not know that both these players succeeded in achieving a three peat
User avatar #63 to #44 - angelious
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**** i thought this conversation was about ronaldo
#45 to #44 - swagmonstah
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I'm sorry, I should have added the caveat of still playing. Unless you count wat Kobe did last season as playing.
Jordan played in an era where he could punch someone in the face and not get a foul called.
Do you really think that's a fair comparison?
Kobe led his team to ONE ring w/o an extremely strong supporting cast.
LB led his team to two, and 4 appearances.
I don't expect some faggot on FJ to understand ball, but comparing what MJ did to what LB has been able to do in today's soft ass league is laughable at best.
If Lance blew in LB's ear when MJ played, LB would have knocked him out and been awarded free throws.
Don't attempt to sound informed just because you're on a site full of faggots.
You know nothing.
User avatar #46 to #45 - bigdthebeast
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you seem pretty salty are you mad that san antonio was to hot for the heat. and you know kobe has five rings and has had 7 appearances. Also Lebron couldn't have won those two rings without a strong supporting cast that's why he left cleveland and evan with a stacked team he couldn't get a third ring.
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Don't try and use the finals appearances and rings argument please, our lord and savior Bill Russell wins in that debate.
User avatar #25 to #18 - pleebnutbubber
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I think the number in the content is including endorsements (commercials, shoe deals, etc), so it's just an estimation.
User avatar #78 - angelusprimus
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(06/21/2014) [-]
Yes athletes are overpaid, if we define overpayment as "amount of work vs. amount of pay". But that's not the only way to look at it.
Here is the thing, for every athlete that makes 80 mil a year there is a thousand kids killing themselves, risking injury, often poor as church mice, hoping they make it. Top 0.01 percent makes millions, rest does not.
And they make millions because they generate millions. In sales, in advertisement, in many ways.
Is it fair that someone makes 80 million for playing with the ball when fireman makes 60k? He pays taxes on those millions, his team pays taxes on earnings he brings them, his sponsors pay taxes on sales his name increases. And those taxes pay fireman's salary.
I hope more athletes make more money. We will be able to afford more firemen and policemen and teachers.