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Sunday, 18 October 2009
ESSAY 011 (The pay of professional sports people)
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Some people believe that professional sportspeople are paid too much money nowadays in relation to their usefulness to society.
Do you agree?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
You should write at least 250 words.
Acknowledging the great contributions made by sports people to the society, the remuneration that they receive, cannot be considered excessive.
The usefulness of sports people can hardly be matched by any other professionals including scientists, doctors or teachers. Successful players possess extraordinary talent which is nurtured through hard work, determination and perseverance. Only a handful sports people reach great heights and earn huge remuneration, as a reward for their economic and entertainment value. For example, multinationals cash on the popularity of sports icons, like the footballer Christiano Ronaldo, and they endorse major brands. This obviously would result in the bulk sale of these products and these companies reward their brand ambassadors with huge remuneration.
Successful sports professionals are role models of the society, especially to the young generation, as they motivate them through their hard work and dedication. Furthermore, they enhance the prestige of the nation by winning international competitions and entertain millions of sports viewers even beyond their national boundaries. Hence they deserve a huge remuneration for the contribution they make to the society, which is unequalled by any other professionals. Countries like Brazil and Argentina take great pride in their teams winning the Football World Cup and reward their players with fitting financial assistance. Moreover, many sports people contribute a major share of their finances to charitable and philanthropic activities. Even after retirement, some sports stars work as goodwill ambassadors or sports trainers.
On the other hand, there are certain professionals who make great contributions to society like, teachers, nurses and soldiers but are not paid in accordance with their role in the welfare of the society. Government has the responsibility of increasing their remuneration in order to reward their services to the community.
While considering the usefulness of sports professionals to the society, I would favour the huge amount of money that they receive
You are welcome to post your comments and suggestions...