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    Wouldn't it be awesome to make £100 million a year simply to play a game?
    Now don't get me wrong I understand fully how much training these athletes have to endure so don't get misunderstand on my intentions on this matter.
    I am judging based on the importance of said work.

    Tiger Woods, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo,Tom Brady, along with many other athletes certainly think so. But do these athletes really deserve all that money when it could be put to better and more significant use?

    In my mind absolutely not, professional athletes are making too much money in a society where salaries and wages are traditionally based on the value of one's work. In today's society, I believe one should be paid according to the job’s economic importance and their value to society and the people of that society.

    Professional athletes are making too much money in a society where salaries and wages are traditionally based on the value of one's work. In today's society, one should be paid according to the job’s economic importance and their value to society.

    Teaching is one of the most economically important occupations because our future economy relies on the education of its youth, yet teachers are paid astronomically less than the average professional athlete is. In fact, each basket LeBron James scores earns him equivalent to the average classroom teacher’s yearly salary.

    Furthermore, police officers, firefighters, and doctors save lives while risking their own for a fraction of what sports stars make. People in the military leave their families at home to defend and protect the country knowing they may never return. It's truly a pity that none of these true heroes are given the same recognition by society as athletes such as Roger Federer or Kevin Durant are given.

    Whats your opinion?
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    (Original post by Oneiropólos)

    Teaching is one of the most economically important occupations because our future economy relies on the education of its youth, yet teachers are paid astronomically less than the average professional athlete is. In fact, each basket LeBron James scores earns him equivalent to the average classroom teacher’s yearly salary.

    Furthermore, police officers, firefighters, and doctors save lives while risking their own for a fraction of what sports stars make. People in the military leave their families at home to defend and protect the country knowing they may never return. It's truly a pity that none of these true heroes are given the same recognition by society as athletes such as Roger Federer or Kevin Durant are given.

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    They deserve what they get paid, people buy their merchandise and pay to watch them, its all about supply and demand.
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    (Original post by Oneiropólos)
    Wouldn't it be awesome to make £100 million a year simply to play a game?
    Now don't get me wrong I understand fully how much training these athletes have to endure so don't get misunderstand on my intentions on this matter.
    I am judging based on the importance of said work.

    Tiger Woods, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo,Tom Brady, along with many other athletes certainly think so. But do these athletes really deserve all that money when it could be put to better and more significant use?

    In my mind absolutely not, professional athletes are making too much money in a society where salaries and wages are traditionally based on the value of one's work. In today's society, I believe one should be paid according to the job’s economic importance and their value to society and the people of that society.

    Professional athletes are making too much money in a society where salaries and wages are traditionally based on the value of one's work. In today's society, one should be paid according to the job’s economic importance and their value to society.

    Teaching is one of the most economically important occupations because our future economy relies on the education of its youth, yet teachers are paid astronomically less than the average professional athlete is. In fact, each basket LeBron James scores earns him equivalent to the average classroom teacher’s yearly salary.

    Furthermore, police officers, firefighters, and doctors save lives while risking their own for a fraction of what sports stars make. People in the military leave their families at home to defend and protect the country knowing they may never return. It's truly a pity that none of these true heroes are given the same recognition by society as athletes such as Roger Federer or Kevin Durant are given.

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    The problem is that you’re comparing public sector to private sector pay. In the private sector they, on the whole, pay people more if they bring more money into the company.

    I find it an obscene amount of money, but at the same time there’s nothing we can really do about it.
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    (Original post by Oneiropólos)
    Whats your opinion?
    There is money in sport.

    There isn't in the pubic sector.


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    And this is about the 7,000th thread on the subject, by the way, just in case you thought you were being original or unique.
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    I believe most of every celebrity's (singer, athlete, actor, reality shows, model, etc) money comes from sponsorships and endorsements. Aka getting paid to say, do, wear everything and to appear places. Literally. Then it becomes about worth and what they can demand to be paid for their actual performance as well as flat rates for what they do regardless of celebrity status. That being said, what an average baller gets paid is probably miles less than what a celebrity baller gets paid I think.
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    It's not obscene. These people are almost unique - they're in some ways the best physical specimens of humanity and bring inspiration and pleasure to millions if not billions.

    Teachers on the other hand, are sub-mediocre. This isn't a slight on them personally, but an objective measure of the profession.

    To be a top athlete -say Tiger Woods or Tom Brady - you have to in every way be the absolute best in the world, you have to be utterly elite and pretty much beat everyone around you. Everything about your physical and mental state is geared toward excellence.

    Teaching on the other hand is nothing like that. There are some exceptional teachers, many good ones - but the overwhelming majority are average and a large number are poor or worse. Many people enter the profession as a last resort, or because they couldn't do anything else. No-one enters professional sports because they didn't get on a banking internship.
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    (Original post by Drewski)
    There is money in sport.

    There isn't in the pubic sector.


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    And this is about the 7,000th thread on the subject, by the way, just in case you thought you were being original or unique.
    I'm new here and i'v only seen 1 thread made based on this topic and even that wasn't the same exact topic.
    So get off your high horse.
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    (Original post by Oneiropólos)
    I'm new here and i'v only seen 1 thread made based on this topic and even that wasn't the same exact topic.
    So get off your high horse.
    Nope. I like the view.

    And it's called a search function
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    You can't really compare private sector to public sector. Yes, it is a lot, but you have to remember that in these kinds of jobs, there is very little room at the top. A top athlete may earn eight figures, but mediocre athletes don't earn that much at all because they struggle to attract sponsors.

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    Teachers on the other hand, are sub-mediocre. This isn't a slight on them personally, but an objective measure of the profession.

    Teaching on the other hand is nothing like that. There are some exceptional teachers, many good ones - but the overwhelming majority are average and a large number are poor or worse. Many people enter the profession as a last resort, or because they couldn't do anything else.
    This may be true, but I've noticed that the turnover rate for teachers at my old secondary school is rapdily increasing, and I think they don't get paid nearly enough for what they do. Yes, many of them aren't great, but if it were better-paid, maybe some more talented people might start teaching.

    Also, note that there are private teachers (particularly for music) who earn far more than public-sector teachers. For high-level teaching (grades 6-8 and beyond), £40 per hour is definitely not unheard of.
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    (Original post by TheMindGarage)
    You can't really compare private sector to public sector. Yes, it is a lot, but you have to remember that in these kinds of jobs, there is very little room at the top. A top athlete may earn eight figures, but mediocre athletes don't earn that much at all because they struggle to attract sponsors.



    This may be true, but I've noticed that the turnover rate for teachers at my old secondary school is rapdily increasing, and I think they don't get paid nearly enough for what they do. Yes, many of them aren't great, but if it were better-paid, maybe some more talented people might start teaching.

    Also, note that there are private teachers (particularly for music) who earn far more than public-sector teachers. For high-level teaching (grades 6-8 and beyond), £40 per hour is definitely not unheard of.
    Sure, the turnover rate for teachers might be increasing, but firstly that's true of most jobs - people in general tend to stay in jobs/careers shorter.

    Secondly, there isn't an across the board shortage of teachers, because there is a ready supply of people to take their places. There's a shortage of quality people - but you can't just up salaries - teachers are on payscales, and increasing teacher pay to attract new people means increasing pay for everyone - including the tens of thousands of extremely mediocre or poor teachers who will then have no incentive whatsoever to improve (not that they might ever be capable of it).

    As a side note - £40ph as a private music teacher isn't often an improvement on regular teaching pay. I would hazard that for most peripatetic music teachers, they would struggle to fit in half the hours of a regular teacher due to travel and the number of students. Let's say optimistically they manage 20 hours a week - that equates to something around £40,000. That's £40k self employed, from which travel, expenses, everything has to come off that, and there's no holiday or sickness provision, and critically no pension.
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    (Original post by Drewski)
    Nope. I like the view.

    And it's called a search function

    So what if you see someone who has posted a thread about a topic already discussed. I didn't know about the '7000' posts made on this topic.
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    (Original post by Oneiropólos)
    Whats your problem.
    So what if you see someone who has posted a thread about a topic already discussed. I didn't know about the '7000' posts made on this topic.

    And by the way the view you see is the view of *******s like yourself.
    Grow up
    In fairness, this is one of the most boringly over posted topics.

    It's not quite up there with "Should I see/become an escort?" or "How much does height matter to girls" but it's certainly up there.
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    (Original post by Trinculo)
    In fairness, this is one of the most boringly over posted topics.

    It's not quite up there with "Should I see/become an escort?" or "How much does height matter to girls" but it's certainly up there.
    I understand that now but before I posted I didn't.
 
 
 
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