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[quote="Jeff K in IL":1lbs5yfy][quote="merve_01":1lbs5yfy]They are professionals. The fact is teams want to be winners. Winners have the best players. There are literally MILLIONS of individuals who would LOVE to play professional sports yet less than 1% of those individuals have the talent, determination to do such. They are no different than top CEOS for a company (many would love the position but simply aren't qualified to do so). Simple supply and demand raises their values. My answer is obvious- especially in NFL I don't know if they are making enough in some instances. Professional sports tear you down physically and many individuals do not enjoy a "quality of life" physically that many Americans can have after their retirement (though they retire at a much later age). Risk for permanent physical impairment in my opinion also allows their wages to be higher (and I know the same can be true for other professions- but most of those professions have a much larger qualified pool to choose from).[/quote:1lbs5yfy] You want to see wear and tear on a person, look at President Bush whe he comes out of office; the man looks OLD. The stress is completely off the charts, and Presidents age a lot in office. I don't care how demanded a player is, why do they make $80 Million dollars to play a sport we all grew up playing in our backyard? There are others that have talent too.[/quote:1lbs5yfy] Difference between players with "talent" and those with the "top talent". There are 32 nfl teams. 52 players make the active roster... Meaning there are less than 2000 NFL players in the world. How many BILLIIONS of people would love to play in the NFL? Now select the top 2000 of those... As for President of America... when was the last one not filthy rich to begin with? Bush owned a professional team... he doesn't need money either. They don't need high salaries to run this country. The taxpayers more than cover their costs... they get their own private jet, yacht, mansion, life security force, armored vehicles, vacations etc. those aren't factored into their "wages". Obama, Bush, Clinton etc... never had to work another day in their lives. They spent MILLIONS and raised MILLIONS to get into the position that they were elected into. I think many politicians want in for wrong reason anyway. So why would we want to increase the presidents salary to say $100 million for four years? That would just provide another negative condotation that may attract some people who aren't in it to do best for the country but to make some fame and money while they are at it.
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