First, a little intro. I hate sports, which is one of the first things you'll learn about me if you know me very well. I roll my eyes at the mention of anything sports-related. It's not an arbitrary hate, though, so for the next week or so or however long it takes to get all my reasons out, it's going to be Why I Hate Sports week.
Today's topic is the salaries. Athletes just make too much money.
According to Sports Illustrated's website, Tiger Woods made 90 million dollars last year including salary, winnings and endorsements.
90 million dollars.
LeBron James? 45 million.
Alex Rodriguez? 37 million.
I don't even want to look at the rest of the list.
There's a thing people always say about this and how celebrities shouldn't be making more than the doctors and teachers who save people's lives/shape our future every day, and that may be true.
However, I argue that an individual celebrity probably affects way more people on a day-to-day basis than, say, an individual doctor does, so I understand the more money thing.
I just can't justify paying someone 90 million dollars in a single year to hit a ball into a hole and to be in a few commercials.
Here's my thing. Actors and actresses should be getting paid astronomically higher figures than athletes because they're making things that last forever. Athletes are contributing to statistics that have to build up over time, and yeah, you can watch old games on ESPN Classic, but who's the normal one? The person watching a movie from 1950 or the person watching a game that happened in 1950?
According to Forbes, between June 2009 and June 2010, Johnny Depp was the highest-paid actor, and he made a total of $75 million. I'm just saying, I think the fact that the highest paid actor is making less than the highest paid athlete is a problem.
Getting past the highest paid athletes, the norm for an athlete in the NBA is still in the millions, and the minimum salary for a first year NBA player is almost $500,000.
I am not okay with this.
More reasons tomorrow.