Friday, February 22, 2013

Rewarding Athletes - Brittany Carrick

While reading some articles that were posted on webCT, I came across the article from Forbes on the World's Highest Paid Athletes. The highest paid athlete is Floyd Mayweather, 35, he competes in boxing and makes $85 million dollars a year. 

We were taught that there are four ways to reward individuals: by merit, ability, need and equally. Now in this case, athletes are obviously paid based on ability. I'm wondering how truly fair that is. Yes, most of them work exceptionally hard to get where they are but what about the ones who are born with no natural talent and have to work that much harder? What about the people out there who have to pay for years of school to follow their dream only to be followed with years and years of student debt? In this case there is obviously no one to blame for certain individuals being born with athletic talents and certain ones not. However, when do you draw the line in terms of rewarding them? Is it really necessary for one man to make $85 million dollars in one year? I understand that it is a competitive market and teams are constantly competing to have to best players but isn't that all a little much? Also another concern about players signing contracts for this amount of money, would that not give the players a huge sense of stability and whose to say that they will continually give every game their all? 

I'm not sitting here saying that athletes do not deserve recognition or that they do not try hard enough. I think that it is all just based on luck, you have to be lucky enough to be good at something, you have to be lucky enough to get noticed and make it big. I'm just curious about all the unlucky ones who need to work that much harder in order to maintain a living.


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