The salaries commanded by professional athletes make an inviting target. But their compensation is based on the same criteria as everyone else the economic value they generate. The salary scale in professional sports actually demonstrates that the marketplace works: What players are paid reflects their comparative skill and market power.
Professional athletes command a lot of money because a lot of people want to see them perform their job. Unlike most of us, they do not just make a product. They are the product. Their skill and drawing power determines how many fans pay to see their…

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