Does this make sense?
President Barack Obama’s job is to save the United States from a massive recession, to eliminate the global terrorist threat, to take stands on health care, the environment, foreign relations, and to provide different laws and bills that affect over 310 million Americans.
Kobe Bryant’s job is to play a basketball game, he doesn’t have to make a lot of shots, sometimes he won’t even play, he doesn’t have to show off, just play a simple game of basketball.
Barack Obama in the past year made around 400,000 while Kobe Bryant made over 23 million in the 2009-2010 season. Granted, the president gets more money from campaigns, investments, and his own sponsors, but even all that is still considerably less than NBA stars make.
I should have included this as one of my biggest pet peeves.
I don’t think I’m crazy to suggest this idea and I bet if you ask anyone on the street who should get paid more, a man that must defend the country on a daily basis or a man who runs up and down a basketball court, I would think they’d pick the former.
Should the President make as much as an athlete?
Should President Barack Obama make 23 million dollars or not? I don’t think he should be making all that money but I do think he should be getting a lot more than he does. Now some people might say that Obama gets a lot of presidential benefits and that is true. He gets a private plane, security, entrance to anywhere he wants to go, and more.
Well athletes get plenty of benefits too. They have dozens of highly expensive cars, many planes, limos, free trips, and expensive lavish homes. The president has a lot more pressures to deal with and therefore should be making a lot more money.
Athletes should also be making a lot less money than they do. There is no reason at all for NBA stars to make any more than a couple million or less a season for playing basketball. So what if its the NBA, big deal, the president has lives to protect and tremendous pressures resting on his shoulders.
Some athletes don’t even play games or are on the worst teams and they still get paid millions
Players get injured all the time and they sit on the bench. Some players are injured for the whole season and don’t play a single game. Yet, what happens? They still get their 10 million by the end of the season. So let me get this straight, players don’t even have to play a game or do anything for that matter but still get millions.
Doctors work hard every day to help people or save lives, they can’t take a year off and expect to get their pay. Players don’t even have to be on a good team. The 2009-2010 NBA New Jersey Nets had one of the worst seasons on record but that didn’t matter. As long as the players were under contract, they would still shell out their millions by season’s end.
And get this, if a player gets traded away to a winning team who make the play-offs, he or she get additional money. They don’t even have to play and as starters, they usually don’t. For example, Boston Celtics player Nathaniel or Nate Robinson got traded from the losing New York Knicks to the Finals team, the Boston Celtics. Without doing anything, he made an extra million and got incredible prestige because of his amazing team.
Now it helps if your athletes are skilled and obviously nobody just gets drafted into the NFL or NBA without showing promise in your high school or college athletic career but there are clearly players that are not as good as they appear.
Well if I break this down, it goes like this. Athletes that are skilled get amazing sponsorships, advertisements, and get traded into great teams. They earn anywhere from 10-25 million a season. Athletes that usually sit on the bench and are not great players still get sponsors, advertisements, and take in anywhere from 2-8 million a season.
The fact is that whether an athlete is good or not doesn’t really matter as far as finances go. They both make millions, they both get deals, and they both reap the benefits. The only difference is prestige and public fascination.
How do NBA stars make millions?
They make millions from a combination of sponsors, advertisements, commercials, and their seasonal salaries that are somewhat dependent on how well they play the season.
A lot of the money they earn, we the public give to them, sort of. We watch their commercials and we buy their products. We buy their tickets, we buy souvenirs, we buy t-shirts, we buy jerseys, we buy a lot of expensive food, we buy their hats, we buy their shoes, and the biggest one is that we watch them play.
The public loves entertainment and sports are the most entertaining things that people look forward to. Just think about the big games, the World Series, the NBA finals, the Super Bowl, and even college basketball finals. The viewership continued would get into the billions over the course of one year. Every time we watch, the players get more.
Poor Barack Obama is trying to figure out how to save our country from a massive Gulf Coast oil spill while Lebron James is trying to figure out which team to go to for extra money and prestige. It’s sad that I find that more people are interested in the later rather than the former.
How things should work?
Athletes shouldn’t get more money than the president. They could still have their millions and they will from what I explained in the paragraph above but so should the president. He’s far more important and has far greater power than anyone in the country.
I think the players on the bench or those out for the whole season should get considerably less amount of money than they do now. They definitely don’t deserve millions per season, in fact they don’t even deserve a million. Those millions should be reserved for great players who play constantly while others should only get a fraction of that sum.
I believe if we payed athletes on the bench or amateurs very little in comparison to the big stars than it would motivate them to become better and try to achieve massive success. Not everyone can be Lebron James or Kobe Bryant but if you were lucky enough to get in, that means those players have great potential and could be much better than they are.
I’m pretty sure the president doesn’t care how much he’s getting paid, I mean he has so many other issues to deal with. Perhaps more money would motivate him to do better because as we all know, money has magic powers.
On a final note, sports and entertainment is very enjoyable and I love watching different sport finales. I just don’t think things are fair when it comes to the finances and the more money saved, the more money can be given to more profitable organizations. I’d rather see excess millions be distributed to the less unfortunate rather than already rich and famous athletes.