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The ONLY factor that should matter in determining how much a sports figure should get paid is how much interest fans have in watching him/her play that sport, because that drives viewership, which drives how much advertisers can be charged.
So, clearly, neither women nor wheelchair players should get even remotely the same prize money as male tennis players.12
It’s not the sex or statusthat determines the payout it’s the sponsors and fans. Sponsors foot the bill and the fans show the demand - if there is no demand from the fans then the payout will be small, if demand for fans is high then payout will be larger because three will be more sponsor dollars.
That said, there’s a reason why many Men’s sports receive a higher payday than women.
It has nothign to do with how much work is put into it (quite frankly I believe women have had to work harder than men to achieve in this world), but who is watching. So sponsorship for most sports where the viewership is low, the payout will be low. And wheelchair athletes are damn impressive but unfortunately not many fans watch the events. Payouts won’t be the same14
They are also men and women. In a perfect world, all professional athletes would have unlimited earning potential. Unfortunately, their earnings reflect what the market will bear to a great extent.
Para-sports simply don't attract the viewers and sponsors that other pro-sports do.
Should they be paid the same? Maybe, in a perfect world. But we live in a free-market economy and people vote with their dollars on what they like and don't like. I find para-sports ever more interesting to watch, personally.
My favorite footy club (soccoer) is a team called Albinos United that helps spread a message of acceptance for people with albinism in Africa.10
In an ideal world, yes, or else that would seem to be discrimination based on disability. However, we live in a world that does not embrace wheelchair tennis to the same extent we do to able-bodied tennis of either gender. Less viewers of wheelchair tennis means that there will be less sponsorship, and accordingly, a lower pay to the players. It’s a harsh reality.
What you seem to have an issue with is the argument that women tennis players deserve an equal pay in comparison to their male counterparts. Both male and female tennis matches draw huge crowds and have many sponsors. What’s wrong with equalizing the pay gap?3
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no. because they don't bring in the ad revenue female or male tennis players bring in.0
By that rational? Yes. The logic is of course flawed as you pointed out so women should not get paid the same as the men if they cannot also produce the same draw/sponsorships but yes by that reasoning minor league teams should be paid the same as major league, etc. etc.10
Using that logic, yes of course.
Using the logic I would, they should be payed in proportion of their preformance. If men preform better than women and wheelchaired people, then pay them better. If they don't, then don't. Pay them for doing their job, as well as they do their job.10
Obviously there is absolutely no link between how hard you work and how much you get paid across individuals. Working hard helps an individual maximize their potential.
Pay is based on money you bring in. Period. Men ranked 500 could blow women’s champions off the court and train as hard. They are paid less because nobody cares to watch them.11
Value is always subjective. The person with money tries to game you/play head games to get you to work for less money.
They can use justifications like revenue. Basically, if the wheelchair player has a good enough agent to make as much money as another player there’s nothing wrong with it.
Some rich business guy arguing against it will only be able to buy his 5th mansion this year instead of a 5th & 6th. Boo hoo.0
No. They’re not watched as much so they don’t bring in as much money. That’s like saying someone playing in a self directed indie movie ahould get paid as much as the marvel stars.15
Do you think its not a workout to play tennis in a wheelchair? Personally i imagine that the disabled are working 2-10 times harder than the average person. So yes, I think should be paid, minimally, the same amount.1
By the above logic, yes. However, I don't agree with the logic used by those female tennis players, so my answer is "not unless they pull in the same views."0
By that logic yes, but athletes are not payed by that logic, nor should they be.20
Crippled people are not meant to be athletes, not at least on the high level competitions.
Yes, you can be good and all that, but that chair is making it possible.
Imagine cripples wanting to participate in the olympics, in ancient Greece.0
No, sports is all about pay for ratings. There's no way that a handicapped league would be as profitable so no.0
who's gonna pay the prize money dude? think about that. the prize money isn't payed from wellfare.4
Sure... if they generate the same amount of revenue.0
Yes actually even more but they r disabled physically but their mind is still strong and they r playing0
No it depends on what sport and how popular it is. More viewers means more income0
No because the reason why red professional tennis players get paid what they do is cuz people come to watch them play0
they should play tennis with my bennis0
Of course they should0
Yes they should0
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Nope, it all comes down to viewership and how much money they bring in. They don't have the same appeal as non wheelchair tennis players, just like womens tennis doesn't have the same appeal as mens tennis.
Ultimately, life doesn't treat everyone fairly. Highly skilled job candidates get looked over in favour of some doofus who knows someone in the company. Unattractive people with great personalities and who can bring many great attributes to a relationship will get nowhere near the attention (if any) and choice in dating that a hot person with a dud personality will.
But complaning won't achieve anything. You just have to make the best of what you've got and keep trying to maximise YOUR potential, not worry about others that have it better than you.