- Wed Aug 24, 2016 12:07 pm
After any major sporting contest you'll find people disparaging the competitors and/or their winnings/salaries, saying that it's ridiculous people earn so much and are lauded so highly for "kicking a ball around"/"knocking a ball over a net". The implication being that it's easy and anyone can do it.
If that's the case, one might ask why the critics don't take up the sport themselves.
On that note, there was a good explanation of it all a few years ago, from the sports reporter on the Radio 2 breakfast show. When asked why the stratospheric salaries etc, he pointed out that a) it's the market rate, and b) most professional or Olympic level sportspeople devoted their lives to their game, and their window of opportunity was pretty small - just a few years at peak fitness. For everyone who moves into coaching/commentating/product promotion, there are plenty who don't and end up washed up and burned out at a relatively early age.
"There ain't nothing you fear more than a bad headline, is there? You'd rather live in shit than let the world see you work a shovel."