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Pro Athete Salaries

Posted Saturday, February 21, 2009, at 2:07 PM

What do you think would be a fair and rewarding annual salary for top professional athletes in football, baseball and basketball.

Take into account top pro athletes can also make a huge amount in advertising endorsements as an added reward for a great season or seasons and, most important of all, for a clean personal image.

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The median income is roughly $50,000. I have nothing against athlete's making a decent income say $200,000, but the millions they make is way too much. We are paying them way to much for the hours they actually work compared to most working folks in this country.

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Sat, Feb 21, 2009, at 11:24 PM

Three key words pop up everytime this argument is made -- fair market value. Every sports' athletes want a certain percentage of all revenue. They see themselves as the product rather than the sport itself. In some cases that may be true. I just hope when those athletes reach the six and seven figure level, they give back to those who helped get them there -- school teachers, minor league coaches, family, etc. You don't just pop out of your mother and land on the 50-yard line at LP Field.

-- Posted by Parker on Sun, Feb 22, 2009, at 12:22 AM

I think they are way over rated and way over paid. Of course after I saw what some of the Wall Street Exes make ..maybe they are unpaid at least the sports figures entertain us instead of rob us.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Sun, Feb 22, 2009, at 11:36 AM

who is going to keep the money the ownerss,there exploiting them.they are the ones making the money.

-- Posted by slingshot on Sun, Feb 22, 2009, at 2:55 PM

I believe it has become all about the money instead of the sport. Its a shame. They should do it for the love of the game and get paid a decent wage, not millions and millions. Thats ridiculous!

-- Posted by honda14 on Tue, Feb 24, 2009, at 8:42 AM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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