Should the government supplement the incomes of U.S. olympic athletes?
Maybe but then they might have to regulate endorsements.
I said no but how about this.... We do away with a couple welfare programs that suppress people and fund Olympic athletes.
Nope. The gov needs to stay out of sports.
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Nope, actually don't like the guy. The gov has screwed up education, they need to stay out of sports. If the gov got involved, they'd demand the IOC give medals to everyone, even those who didn't even qualify. Bc not receiving a medal will hurt their feelings and potentially discourage them from future sports. 😂
My kids "field day" doesn't even include competitive events. Nobody wins nobody's loses. I remember growing up we had relay races and so much more.
Those who think so should move to Russia.
Many of the athletes don't even qualify (or know they've qualified) until a month or two before the Olympics. How would you know who to compensate?
Considering all the advertising and Olympic swag that gets sold in the US, I think a portion of those profits should be used to sponsor the travel and trip for the Olympian, coach and a few family/support members to the games. Not sure how that gets handled now, but I think that's a reasonable expectation.
It would be nice to see all of their expenses paid.
How do you determine who gets compensated? Most don't know if they are going to the Olympics until a month or so before. Plus for ever spot, there are at least 5-20 people competing depending on the sport.
So what do we say to all the fencers, track and field, swimmers, and gymnasts who have made training their profession? They aren't on contract or anything, and in a highly rare stroke of luck, they might get a sponsorship. But that usually only covers equipment and training. Most athletes aren't playing for a professional team
I think they should get some form of payment.
Why the hell not. They represent us. The idea is to show our best not our most privileged.
Because they have a lot of money already.
You think Olympic athletes have a lot of money? Where did that thought even originate? Sure the Big names are well off but how about the people you never hear about? The people that can't afford to take family to the games.
Find me an American Olympic athlete in financial distress in Rio or who couldn't afford to go to Rio but was invited, and I will find you 10 ordinary Americans who are in a worse situation.
Tom I don't see a point here. Are you saying that they are subsidized? If so are you saying it should be taken away or are you saying all these athletes are already well off? Either way would it be fare to pay the way of all of them?
I'm saying there are many more important things to do in America than sending sports people to Rio. I don't think they should get any tax payer money as long as there are people who live on the street or don't get food every day
Then skip the olympics all together. Either it has value or it doesn't.
The government supports everyone else, so why not! At least the athletes work hard and look to contribute positively to the country.
Sure. You can send your check to www.Everythingisfreeforall.com.
Isn't that what they did in the Soviet Union?
Only if they win. 'Merica are winners, not losers.
NO TO EXTRA 💰 In the 1912 Olympics, Jim Thorp was stripped of all his track & field, gold medals, for playing a summer for a semi-pro baseball team. Now they even let professionals, participate in their respective sports. They all make enough from sponsorships & endorsements, No to also get subsidized by the government !
Not all are sponsored, some are not well off. I agree the professional athletes that are paid millions should not be paid,but how many endorsements do women shot put throwers get, or other such obscure events
The government has no money..they have to take it from our pay checks.
This. We're already supporting a lot of able body lazy people why should be support athletes too?
They make enough from sponsorships and ads
Not all Olympians get sponsored. They actually have to work odd jobs and part time jobs to make ends meet.
Oh boo who are these people that want to play a game have to work part time jobs pity the poor guy that works 60 hours a week and then take the Saturdays off to Play a game at the park.
Yeah Olympic athletes train real hard work real hard but still it's a game. We don't subsidize our rap guys to entertain us.
They should. They're representing us, for Chrissakes...least we can do is enable them to compete with dignity.
You must support military pay raises also?
I support military pay raises but I don't support paying Olympic athletes.
Huge difference between the two.....one is willing to sacrifice their life for your freedoms.
What the hell do you think the athletes are doing? Same exact thing but just in concept. Why are republicans such violence Nazis?
I do support military pay raises :). I don't want to make our athletes rich...that's up to them, if they win medals and get sponsorships...but I do think we should pay them enough so they can focus on their athletics.
This puts them on a level playing field with athletes from other countries that support their athletes. Olympics are great...countries duke it out on the field, highlighting their nation's best qualities, and nobody gets killed :).
Yes they help foster international comparativeness and camaraderie but get almost nothing in return.
No. The olympics are not important.
No nor should they be taxed their medals.
I looked up the what they non-medalists get paid. The track and field people from the US on average only earn 16533 per year. I feel like if you're an Olympian you should make more than that.
For working a part time job at a gas station? You're a good runner, here's $100K. Nope.
I've always wondered what it costs the parents for training, coaches, costumes, flying, competition fees, etc for the lesser known athletes. How do they do it all those years?
No but the people running the olympics should
No. But whatever kind of taxes their medals have should be paid off tho.
Of course not.
No - but there prizes and medals should be tax exempted
Isn't that what Russia, China and Romania do? Or have they stopped that?
Many countries do that in Europe too.
I don't know what goes on now but years ago the gymnasts didn't even live at home.
Brand sponsored athletes shouldn't be allowed to compete. The Olympics are for amateurs. It should be expected though that the Olympians country would pay for travel and board expense. Wouldn't call a one time trip supplementing income.
Oops. Suppose to be a reply but oh wells
"The Olympics are for amateurs."
They're suppose to be
Have they contributed anything of value?
Ya specially the basketball players those dudes live in poverty.
They stayed in a yacht surrounded by armed guards.
Sure but back in the states those dudes are mostly homeless dudes
How? The government doesn't have any money. Oh you mean taxpayers
This should always be the response to the, "should the government pay for _____" questions.
Should the government pay my tab after ten hours of top shelf drinks and lap dances at the strip club?
Yeah let's spend more money
Isn't that what brand sponsorships are for?
... And they wear the "USA" brand front and center.
No. But I also don't think the athletes should have their awards taxed either.
That should be a given. They aren't on US soil when they win, so how do they get taxed in the first place?
I'm not sure, but I think there is a tax on income made in a foreign country.
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It is. I had to read up on it. Athletes are being advised to start deducting training expenses and keeping their powerbar receipts!
No. Screw the Olympics.
I think the US should pay for their trip and their needs during the actual Olympics but we should not pay them to train for it or anything of the sort. That defeats the purpose.
I say no, but only if other countries also do the same. Many governments are paying lots of money for the training of their Olympians. Anybody remember when the olympics was suppose to be for amateurs?
Yeah, they aren't as fun to watch when they are professionals. :/