In the Long run: over paid athletes


Michael Long, Sports editor

Millions, and I do mean MILLIONS of dollars are what today’s professional athletes are getting paid. Many are even closing in on $100 million per year mark. According to, the highest paid athlete of 2017 is Cristiano Ronaldo who has made $93 million so far this year.

Team contracts for professional athletes are climbing, as if they weren’t already high enough. In 2016, Mike Conley held a five-year, $153 million contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, the richest in the NBA.

This year, there have been three $200+ million contracts in the NBA. Three. Steph Curry with a five-year $201 million contract, John Wall with a five-year $207 million contract and James Harden with a four-year extension worth $228 million. The funny thing is out of those three, the two highest paid have a combined total of zero championships and zero MVPs.

These numbers may seem shocking, but compared to some athletes, it’s on the lower side. In 2015 when Floyd Mayweather fought Manny Pacquiao, Mayweather made almost as much cash in 36 minutes in the ring as NBA legend Tim Duncan did in his entire career.

Professional athletes are getting monster contracts and on top of that, monster endorsement deals. The fourth highest paid athlete of the year, tennis player Roger Federer has made $64 million this year according to Only $6 million of that was actually from playing tennis. The other $58 million came from endorsement deals.

One big endorsement deal that comes to mind is Lebron James’ life-time contract with Nike. It’s the biggest deal nike has made with a single athlete and is worth $1 billion. Billion, with a “B”.

It bothers me that our teachers, doctors, police officers, fire fighters and even astronauts are being paid less than people who can play a game well. The highest-paid type of doctor averages just over $500,000 per year according to That is not even close to what some of these players are making. Citizens like these help make the world go around, not athletes.