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Article posted: 4/27/2013 5:00 AM

Pro athletes are way overpaid

Sports are part of everyday lives for most of the people in our country. We tend to play sports everyday, at every age and at basically every location. However, it is not necessary to pay athletes with an above-average wage.

I spend most of my nights watching TV shows as well as sports such as Bulls basketball. I would say that I am a dedicated fan, but though I love watching basketball I feel that athletes are paid too much for basically playing a sport they love.

Our president earns a yearly salary of $400,000, and he runs our country, while the athletes just provide amusement. Don't get me wrong, but paying an athlete $13.5 million for a single year is just overpriced. There are doctors who save lives every day and do not make anything close to that amount.

On top of that, athletes get millions of dollars worth of sponsors. That money could be used for someone in the more poverty-filled locations of the world. Some athletes have the heart and chose to donate a huge portion of their yearly earnings; however, most don't. Some of these athletes have huge sums of money that they don't even know what to so with, so they choose to use it in wrong ways and that is not acceptable. Therefore, in my opinion, there are other occupations in the country that deserve a pay raise while athletes need a deduction.

Tulsi Patel

Des Plaines

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