How many times have you heard the phrase "professional athletes make too much money"? I know I have heard it over and over, and while I agree somewhat, I tend to defend the outrageous salaries more often than not. Pro athletes do things that only a minute percentage of society can even dream about when it comes to their physical abilities. At the end of the day, they make the money they do because people pay to watch them, and then buy their gear like crazy!
I have taught in a public school for the past 5 years (no, I'm not liberal), and I see that a huge majority of my students support professional sports of all kinds. I often wonder how much money school kids pump into the pro sports market place. I would assume the amount is staggering. With that in mind, these students, their teachers, and school systems as a whole, are facing major fiscal dilemmas right now when it comes to educational budgets and funding the students' learning process.
Keep in mind these statistics are not totally accurate.
There were approximately 1,800 NFL players in 2009 who earned a mean salary of approximately $1,800,000 (1.5 million per player). That means a total of over $3,240,000,000 was paid to NFL players in the year 2009. These guys already pay their UNfair share of taxes like the rest of America, but they are by no means hurting in the area of bank accounts.
What I am about to say will come to a major shock to most people who know me because I am a Libertarian, and I believe the government already needs to stay out of our pockets. Come to think of it, if America would institute the FairTax, my current blog here would be a mute point. We already addressed the fact that school age children most likely account for a great deal of revenues used to pay NFLers, so here's my plan. Let's start making professional athletes give 5-10 percent of their salaries towards education!
Mad at me yet conservatives? I apologize in advance, but it's just an idea. This is an idea that could potential generate $150-$300 million dollars in funding from the NFL players alone. We're not even counting the NBA, MLB, Soccer, Golf, etc.
I'm sure that these guys donate tons of money to education already, right? Just an idea, and I am curious to hear your thoughts!