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Athletes rake in the dollar$


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What would you do if you were making more than $40 million a year? While that is a ridiculous hypothetical to most people, there are some athletes for whom this is a reality.

The highest paid professional sports player in the United States is football player Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who made $46.4 million in 2015, not counting endorsements. This sum of money would pay for over 4,200 years of Mizzou in-state tuition.

Some people believe that professional sports players are grossly overpaid for what they do.

“They don’t contribute to society,” said senior Eric Kissinger. “Other things are more important.”

The average NFL salary is $1.9 million per year and the average NBA player makes $5.15 million, according to Forbes magazine. Some people find these sums to be ludicrous and better used for something else.

“It would be a lot more beneficial to spend that money on something societally necessary,” said senior Keegan Justis. “There are people drinking lead-laden water and we’re doing nothing about it when literally hundreds of millions of dollars are going to people for throwing and hitting balls.”

The highest paid professional basketball player is Kobe Bryant. Bryant plays for the Los Angeles Lakers and made $23.5 million last year, but not everyone thinks these salaries are undeserved.

“I really think they do deserve it. Being in high school, I’ve realized that it takes a lot of work to keep your grades up and be in a sport and not only are you doing it in high school but you’re doing it in college, too,” said sophomore Skyler Vanvalkenburg.

Whether or not people think these salaries are deserved, it is undisputed that these players are being paid astronomical sums of money for what they do.

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