Why do Sports stars earn more than Soldiers? 40 replies

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Benzin

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#1 11 years ago

A question that means a lot to me, I did some research and I found these facts: David Beckham, A Soccer player, earned up to $160,000 a week when in Manchester United Football Club A soldier on the front-line earns about $16,000 a year.

Why is that so? Surely a person who puts there life on the line everyday deserves more than some one who plays a game of soccer about 3 times a week?




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#2 11 years ago

That is the world we live in, where hard work gets paid little and no work gets a lot. I think that goes for movie stars to and then a soldier as you said get nothing, its crap man, I'm with you.




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#3 11 years ago

Agreed. The government can't afford to pay soldier that much money. Soccer players aren't payed by the government. Unless everyone's salaries were payed by the same person or organization, then there would be no way to change any of this. Putting control of all of that in the government would make us abandon democracy and adopting communism, which so many people appose.




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#4 11 years ago

I never said soldiers need to be paid that much. I just say its very unfair.




elevatormusic

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#5 11 years ago

1. Sports stars are paid by large, large, large businesses, soldiers are paid by the government. 2. A soldiers room and board are provided, they have little expenses. 3. People become soldiers to serve their country, or were conscripted. People become sports stars to make more money. 4. The general public has an interest in, and spends large amounts of money on, professional sports. 5. There aren't that many requirements to join the army, you don't have to compete to get in; sports stars are the elite in their field. Do special ops make more money? If so, then compare soldiers pay to people in the minor leagues. 6. Professional sports is a business that attracts many other businesses through advertising, promotions, etc... war is much more of a niche market. 7. A soldier can die at any time, I doubt governments would want to spend a lot of money on something that might croak on them at any moment.

There are probably more.




WindowsVistaGeek19

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#6 11 years ago

You forgot the fact that sometimes the army (US) will pay up to 70 thousand dollars for your college tuition. That goes a long way for some people, but not for me, lol. That'll pay for about a year and a half for the University I'm looking at.




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#7 11 years ago

I think that soldiers need to be payed more. But if I heard correctly the higher your rank the more money you earn. Plus the US govenment can't afford to pay US soldiers more. The US is spending 12 billion dollars per month to fund the war in iraq. As I heard on CNN people say this is a war we can't afford and others say that this is a war we can't afford to lose. Sports players and actors aren't payed by the govenment. So they can be payed loads more money than soldiers.

WindowsVistaGeek19;3831579You forgot the fact that sometimes the army (US) will pay up to 70 thousand dollars for your college tuition. That goes a long way for some people, but not for me, lol. That'll pay for about a year and a half for the University I'm looking at.

That would be gone in less than a week. Lol.




Benzin

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#8 11 years ago

I don't think that soldiers such be paid drastic amounts, but it should be more, but I think that sportsmen and actors and such should be paid less. It reminds of that Good Charlotte song, "Lifestyles of the rich and the famous"




HairySheep

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#9 11 years ago
Disturbing Sam;3831631. It reminds of that Good Charlotte song, "Lifestyles of the rich and the famous"

which is funny, considering they themselves are rich and famous $16,000 is the lowest pay rate in the non-reserve military, high ranking people can make over $70,000 a year if soldiers got paid like Beckam, then youd have a bunch of people in the military that didnt care at all for being there and only wanted money




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#10 11 years ago

Because of capitalism, basically. Big companies want to sponsor sports stars. People will pay extortionate ammounts to see them too. However, companies don't like to be associated with all the killing that's associated with soldiers. And they're not really famour, either. Yes, it's unfair. No, there's nothing we can do to change it.