Earning millions while others suffer

Review the particulars of just one Oregon professional team of sixteen players, the Portland Trail Blazers.  They will take part in 82 games during regular season play between October and sometime in April, or about a half year’s work time, unless they win enough games to enter the playoffs, which end in 2017 with an NBA championship, a status the Trail Blazers have not achieved since 1977.  Nevertheless, during the next four years of playing a game for profit, those 16 Blazers will take home, in contractual salaries, about $550,000,000. But do these and other professional athletes deserve that kind of money?  One opinion, mine, believes the answer is in the negative.  Here’s why: In the U,S. of former times, salaries and wages were based on the value of one’s work.  If we were still that nation nowadays, grounded in reasonableness, all members of this society would be paid according to the economic importance and value to society of their job. Consider the profession of being a school teacher.  Although we Americans argue about everything, it would seem we can agree that one of the most important occupations here is teaching.  Why? Because our very future depends on the education of our youth. Yet, many American teaches are paid less than two current examples among thousands of those possible: the amount of money Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James or Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry.  For each basket they make, they receive pay...

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