$33,000,000. That’s more money than the majority of people in the United States will make during their entire life. $33,000,000 just happens to be the 2008 salary of, New York superstar, Alex Rodriguez. After 30 years in the Navy my father isn’t even close to that number.
Athletic salaries need to be regulated because of what it takes away from the sport and the fans. In this current economy all prices are on the rise and outrageously priced at sporting events. Food, gear, and tickets are all so expensive now because of these huge salaries that have to be paid. Why not go to a high school game instead and get the same enjoyment for five bucks.
Some players use the excuse that they are at risk to career ending injury so they need the money. I answer that question with another, why aren’t members of the armed service paid in the millions. They put their lives at risk every day to keep every American citizen safe.
In another way salaries take away from sports. For example Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs was let go because they couldn’t afford to pay his high salary. That disappointed many baseball fans including myself. It showed how greedy athletes can actually be and it takes away from the game.
I love playing baseball and basketball. If I ever got the chance to play professionally I wouldn’t ask for so much money. Sports are fun and we are paying these big athletes monstrous sums to have fun every day. It just doesn’t seem fair to me.
pen name: Dr. Kenneth Noisewater