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Inquiry 4

Professional Sports Salaries: fair or unfair?

Liz Clifford

on 6 December 2012

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Making Millions for Playing a Game Professional Sports Salaries Fair or Unfair? What's more important? What does this say about American values? BUT who makes more? A basketball player or brain surgeon? Average Salaries Average Salaries What's more valuable? Brain Surgeon:
~$450,000 VS. Prof. Football Player:
~ $770,000 Teachers: ~ $38,000
Firefighters: ~ $40,000 VS. Professional Basketball Player:
~$5.84 million Why should someone wearing a helmet protecting a football make more than someone wearing a helmet protecting our country? -saving lives -educating our kids -protecting our country -keeping people healthy Tiger Woods LeBron James What the Average U.S. Salary Means to Some Athletes Average America = ~$50,000 First Paycheck:
12.96 Million in 3 yrs Didn't win ANYTHING in 2010 Still walked away with 2.3 million Each stroke under par for the year, earned him almost 5 years salary for the average American Jermaine O'Neal Athletes Luxuries Fans Sport cars Mansions Incredible Vacations Why do these athletes get to live this extraordinary life while people are recovering from unemployment and others work incredibly hard to get back on their feet? Buying tickets to go to games Buying merchandise At this point this isn't something that can be changed but remember this next time you go see your favorite team play or buy the jersey of your favorite player. Kobe picturehttp://www.rockefellernews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/kobe2.jpgbrain surgeon pichttp://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zTFsIUVsXYA/TtmE_GI7xzI/AAAAAAAAEgM/Uy4Zf9wxi64/s1600/brainsurg.jpgamerican flaghttp://www.ameritexflags.com/images/Polyester_American_Flag.jpgmoneyhttp://wpmu.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Make-Money-with-WordPress.jpg money 2http://www.salary-money.com/images/dollar-notes.jpgbengals helmethttp://nfl.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/p1713479reg.jpgmilitary helmethttp://www.armynavyshop.com/mm5/graphics/00000001/9651a.jpglebronhttp://specials-images.forbes.com/imageserve/09W6bQ4aKi5Sc/186x282.jpgsports carhttp://www.aaat.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Sports-Cars.jpg Works Cited Works Cited Made US average salary every 5 minutes he played in a game in 2010 Callahan, Gene. “Athletes’ Salaries Too High?” Sports Fan, Blame Yourselves.” TheFreeman: Ideas on Liberty 57.6 (2007) : n. pag. 12. Oct. 2012.

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Norty. “Number Crunching! What the Average U.S. Salary Means to Some Athletes.” Unathletic. www.unathleticmag.com, 5 Jan. 2011. Web. 02 Nov. 2012. <http://www.unatleticmag.com/2011/01/05/number-crunching-what-the-average-u-s- salary-means-to-some-athletes/>.

"TOTALPROSPORTS.COM." 15 Highest Pro Athlete Salaries of 2011.TotalSportsPro.com, 4 Oct. 2011. Web. 31 Oct. 2012.<http://www.totalprosports.com/2011/10/04/15-highest-pro-athlete-salaries-of-2011/>.“

What Do Athletes Salaries Say About American Values?” Prose Before Hos. The PBH Network, 8 Mar. 2011. Web. 4 Nov. 2012. <http://www.prosebeforehos.com/sports-editor/03/08/ what-do-athletes-salaries-say-about-american-values/>.
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