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Professional Athletes Deserve Every Cent

Many major cities generate hundreds of millions of dollars per year in revenue from ticket and merchandise sales from the marketability and popularity of their professional athletes. These athletes play for teams hundreds, even thousands of miles away from their homes and families in hopes of winning a championship. They spend weeks on end away from parents, wives, and children. These athletes endure injuries far beyond what the average person would. The most healthy, fit, and talented athletes are considered lucky if the can play past 35 years of age. Professional athletes take such physical abuse, many have to retire because one more blow could mean death. You can’t put a price on life.

For some athletes money is not an issue. Many, including Griffey and Jay Buhner, defer portions of their salaries to make room for other players the team needs to win. Others, just willingly get paid less than market value for the same reason. As generous as these players are, some still argue professional athletes are selfish and greedy, when that is not the case at all. Multi-million dollar athletes deserve every cent they get paid.

With one year remaining on his contract, Seattle’s star wide receiver, Joey Galloway, held out of camp for 102 days in 1999 before reporting. This has cost him $5,000 per day as well as paychecks of 93,000 per game; he has missed 8 games. (Allen) Galloway has been looking to sign a new contract with the Seahawks to make him the highest paid receiver in the NFL, and rightfully so. Galloway knows he is good. He knows he is one of the best, and so does his agent Eric Metz. In the best interest of Galloway, Metz was holding out for a five-year contract worth $25 million including a $10 million signin…

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Sexual Assault, Abuse, and Rape by College Athletes

Sexual assault, abuse, and rape by athletes is a devastating crime. These crimes by themselves are horrendous, but when committed by athletes there are many different factors involved. Through extensive research this paper will show contributing factors that may result in assault, abuse, or rape by athletes. Special treatment for athletes throughout their career, belief in sexual male dominance, and the role of alcohol are all important factors. Other crucial factors are the attitudes and responses of: society, juries, victims, coaches, and athletes. This paper will explore all these issues and show that changes need to be made in all the areas to combat the growing percentages of sport assault, abuse, and rape against women.

Sexual abuse by athletes is evident at every level, from high school team members to professional players. In the last decade, some of the most noted athletes in big league sports have been accused of sexually abusing or attacking women. In many cases, however, the woman decided not to bring it to public trial, and charges were dropped:

• Gerald Perry, a Denver Broncos offensive tackle, was acquitted of a rape charge (but agreed to undergo counseling).

• Aaron Pryor, former junior-welterweight champion of the world was arrested and charged with rape and keeping a woman tied up for twenty-four hours. The most serious charges were dropped. Pryor pleaded to lesser charges, but will not have a criminal record.

• Two University of Colorado football players were charged with rape and were acquitted, but then left school.

• Tony McCoy, defensive tackle at the University of Florida, was arrested and charged with sexual battery for holding a student at knife point.

• Mike Tyso…

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