TL;DR because fans and advertisers pay money and the players only make around half of it. There’s no where else for the money to go
Umm where else would the money go? Teams make money from advertisements, ticket sales and jerseys and the like.
Does the team owner keep all that money? Why would the athletes want to play if they didn’t make any money?
Athletes make money because people pay to go to games and buy jerseys and advertisers pay because millions of people watch. Just like any other tv show.
- Who is the most age-defying athlete?
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- Pourquoi les athlètes aguerris sont-ils obligés de s'aligner sur la ligne de départ alors que les coureurs inexpérimentés s'alignent à l'arrière avant le début de la course?
- Are athletes more politically active in any point in history?
- Si vous pouviez le mettre en pourcentage, qu'est-ce qui fait qu'un grand athlète, un talent ou un travail acharné?
Think of them like actors. Without a script or plot line. Who just play a game while being filmed. And working every day, traveling constantly for work and at risk of a career ending injury every time they do their job, of which they must put in 100% every second they’re on the ice or the media and their coaches will rip them to shreds.
But besides all that, same premise as an actor. The show (game) makes money, the people who star in the show (game) make money.
I don’t understand people who say that they shouldn’t be paid or should be paid a lot less. Where should the money go? The government? Why should they be taxed higher than any other job in their salary range? Should the owners keep all the money? Well that just doesn’t seem fair, they may be paying for it but they aren’t really working for it.
Could you imagine the uproar if this happened to any other job? Putting a limit on the amount they’re allowed to make and having the top dogs in the company make more or the government taxing them exponentially higher than others in their tax bracket? Just because some people don’t like their job.
Doesn’t make much sense.