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Athletic Salaries Financially Outrageous or Economic Necessity In Major League Baseball this year the average players salary was 19 million CNNSIcom The average salary of a NBA National Basketball Association player was 26 million Staudohar 3 This is a serious problem considering that the average salary of an average American worker is around 700 a week or 36400 per year The real question on everyones mind is what makes them so much more valuable than everyone else To find the answers to this question and many more we must not only look at the type of work that is being done but we must examine the lifestyle as well as the economic value of these althetic jobs Some people may say that these high salaries ensures the highest quality of gaming available They say that by paying the players these large sums of money we can have the greatest athletes in the world to watch and to represent our cities According to CNNSIcom this is very far from the truth In the 2000-2001 NFL Season the New York Giants won their division and went on to the Super Bowl Their team salary was 573 million which was the 3rd lowest in the NFL The Washington Redskins who had the highest team salary in the league with 924 million didnt even make the playoffs at the end of the season According to Dan Moorhead head of organizational learning for Briish Telecom the teams performance has a lot to do with the similarities of salaries between teammates Eidson 37 Players can be jealous if a teammates makes millions more than them especially if they feel as if they are as good as or better than the other player This can cause conflicts between the players and cant interrupt the teamwork that is used by the team Peter Graham has a different view on why these high salaries are so important Sports teams inject so
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