Mixer #1 | Intermediate B1

Athletes and Pay

Today footballers and basketball players make millions of dollars. Is it too much?

Jeannie, United States
speakerI do think professional athletes do make too much money, just by comparison with other professions, for example teachers, who I think are a lot more important with the job that they do. They don't get paid enough and then you have people who are just playing a game and they get paid so much money and I think it's a little unfair.

Kate, New Zealand
speakerI think athletes, they don't make too much money, because they're playing exactly what, their favorite sports and they enjoy what they do. However, I heard about the NHL in Canada, the hockey, and their asking for more money, and more money, and I think it's, they should just take the money that they have because they get a lot of money already. They shouldn't keep asking for more money.

Jim, England
speakerI think athletes make far too much money, especially footballers. This is soccer players for those people who speak American English. I think that people like nurses, doctors, teachers, they should be getting more money, not people who play sport.

Rina, Canada
speakerI think professional players do deserve the money they get. They're protraying their image publicly and risking their bodies to entertain us and there's a lot of money that goes into it, why shouldn't they reap the benefits. Why should the owners, or the people that are making profits in other areas, when they're doing all the work, reap all the benefits.

Al, Englandspeaker
Yes, I certainly think, especially professional footballers earn much too much money. One guy called Rio Ferdinand just singed a contract for 100,000 pounds, per week and that's more money than I'll ever earn in my entire life, so I don't think that's fair.

Todd, United States
speakerAh, no, I don't think they make too much money. I think athletes deserve all the money they get. I mean they make a lot of money, and it seems crazy that they make so much money, but the bottom line is so many people watch their games buy their jerseys. Buy tickets to follow them, listen to them on radio, so they bring in a lot of revenue, and they are the reason that people watch them so they should get all the money that they earn. Maybe they should give a little more to charity, or give some of the money back to the communities, but yeah, they deserve the money they get.

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by comparison with


Athletes do make too much money just by comparison with other professions, for example teachers.

You can use this phrase to specifically compare two things. It is also common to use the phrase 'in comparison with.' Notice the following:

  1. Tiger woods is poor by comparison with Bill Gates.
  2. The moon is very near by comparison with Mars.



They're portraying their image publicly.

To 'portray' something means to present it. In this case it is referring to how athletes present themselves to the public.  Notice the following:

  1. Rappers like to portray themselves as bad, but that's not always true.
  2. The public image he portrays is far different from reality.

reap the benefits


They reap the benefits.

To 'reap the benefits' means to enjoy the results of one's hard work. Notice the following:

  1. Save money now and reap the benefits later.
  2. He reaped the benefits of his hard work with a vacation abroad.

the bottom line


The bottom line is that so many people watch their games.

There can be many opinions about the same thing. Notice the following:

  1. There are many things you can do to improve your health, but the bottom line is, eat less and exercise more!
  2. When learning English, grammar is important, but the bottom line is to understand and be understood.



They bring in a lot of revenue.

'Revenue' is money that you earn from working or investments.  Notice the following:

  1. Beckham is expensive, but he earns a lot of revenue for the team.
  2. Because of a losing season, team revenue is down for the year.


Vocabulary Quiz

comparison • portrayed • reaping
bottom line • revenue
  1. The is that you can't come to work late every day expect that it is okay.
  2. He worked hard all though university and now he is the benefits with an incredible job.
  3. We have increased our in the past year by almost 200 percent.
  4. Angelina Jolie is as a very active humanitarian.
  5. By with his old one, this new car is really nice.

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