CEOs vs Athletes

A recent article just stated Lionel Messi’s income for 2011 will be about $55 Million.

Lionel Messi is going to cash in $55 million dollars in 2011

According to a 2010 report on the richest athletes, that makes Messi second to Tiger Woods (yes he still makes over $100M a year post sex scandal).

But my question is this: is it OK for athletes to make absurd amounts of  money?

With the recent economic crisis, the CEO salary has come into question.  Should CEO’s be making so much more money than the average citizen?

So I pose a question to you, the readers.  Should athletes be accumulating so much money, or should his/her salary come into question, similar to the high paid business men/women?

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3 Responses to CEOs vs Athletes

  1. Dr. Dirt says:

    I don’t even see why this is an issue. Athlete pay is not controversial in my opinion. Although there is an economic crisis and tickets are going up, average citizens still attend sporting events, whether it be in Europe or America. Fans are using their money to attend sporting events and pay for merchandise. This money eventually makes its way down into the athletes hands before it even touches the owner’s hands. An athlete’s salary is not arbitrary. There is a market that is being set. That market is set by the fans who pay to watch these athletes and have their jerseys. In today’s world, the top athletes get paid not only a salary but also a percentage of their merchandise sales, meaning they are being paid directly by the fans.

    Economic crisis or not, fans have a direct say in how much their favorite athletes make, and if they don’t like it, they can squeeze their wallets shut. The decision is firmly theirs. But, there hasn’t been any protest on the part of the fans. Why do you think Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer fee was upwards of $100 million dollars? Because Real Madrid knew that the FANS would buy his jersey, meaning that they would quickly realize their investment (and the fans did without protest).

    CEOs and athletes are in completely different situations. CEO salaries are being reduced because earnings are down. The same cannot be said for professional sports. Attendance is still high, and fans are still paying the high prices with very little protest. As revenue increases, why shouldn’t athletes get paid? The fans don’t seem to mind…

    I’m anxious to hear your thoughts, as you didn’t offer any.

  2. agreed w/ dr dirt says:

    agreed w/ dr dirt

  3. EastCoastBias says:

    Are you ever going to respond?

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