In the past there were and are many disputes over the high salaries of professional athletes. I think that these athletes should receive the high salaries that they deserve.
One reason why I think professional athletes should receive such high salaries is that they are highly skilled. Professional athletes train and practice hard almost everyday and for most of the day. Most professional athletes also have played sports in college. Look at Michael Jordan, he played college basketball.
Another reason why I think professional athletes should receive such high salaries is the high risk of injury. When athletes are playing in a game or even in practice, they run a high risk of getting hurt. If they get hurt, they would need some way of paying for their recovery. In addition, if the athlete were permanently injured they would need some way of supporting their family and themselves. Mike Modano, the center for the Dallas Stars, has temporally been injured and probably will not be able to play hockey for the rest of the season.
Also a reason why I think professional athletes should receive such high salaries is that the athlete will not be playing the sport that they play for the rest of their life. Most athletes retire after the age of forty. And if that person does not have any skills, other than sports, then they need a way of support financially. Look at John Elway he retired this year. John Elway’s wife has cancer and if John was not paid the high salary that he was paid he would not be able to pay for his wife’s cancer treatment.
The last reason why I think professional athletes should receive such high salaries is the fact that some athletes are role models for so many people. Some athletes contribute to charities that help children, the disabled, and other worthwhile charities. Look at Troy Aikman, he contributes to charities by setting up the Troy Aikman Foundation. Some professional athletes show a great deal of respect by not arguing or fighting with the referees or judges in a game.
I really don’t think that professional athletes salaries is very important but there are people who dispute the issue. I think that professional athletes deserve the salaries that they have.