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Sun 12 Apr 2020 10:37 AM

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Video: Are professional athletes overpaid?

Wouldn't it be great to make $100 million a year to just play a game? Professional athletes certainly think so but are their salaries really proportionate to what they have to offer to club or the sport itself, especially when it's a team game?

Now, consider this. What if sports teams disappeared from the face of the earth? While we would mourn the entertainment loss? We surely would still survive. However, the same can’t be said about various other professions like teachers, firefighters, cops and as is most relevant now, healthcare workers. But does this mean that athletes are overpaid or is it that the public servants are underpaid?

The NFL made roughly $16 billion in revenue last year in 2018. The twenty Premier League member clubs received a total pay-out of $3bn. If not for wages, where would the money go?

Bahrain made headlines by winning gold and silver medals when Ruth Jebet came first in the 3,000 metres steeplechase and Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa came second in the marathon. Both had represented Kenya in the past. With the GCC's reputation of buying athletes, does it become a case of lots of money and very little talent?

(Source: Arabian Business YouTube channel)