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Show Of Hands August 12th, 2016 7:58pm

Should the government supplement the incomes of U.S. olympic athletes?

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08/16/16 6:52 am

Maybe but then they might have to regulate endorsements.

08/15/16 1:01 am

I said no but how about this.... We do away with a couple welfare programs that suppress people and fund Olympic athletes.

FlipFlopGirl Sic semper tyrannis
08/14/16 6:22 pm

Nope. The gov needs to stay out of sports.

08/15/16 1:02 am

Are you a Tom Brady fan 😂😂😂 I had to

FlipFlopGirl Sic semper tyrannis
08/15/16 5:44 pm

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. 😂

08/16/16 10:49 am

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.

charlie259 Arizona
08/13/16 11:29 am

Those who think so should move to Russia.

akrealist a log cabin in the woods
08/13/16 9:28 am

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.

leilu SoCal
08/13/16 7:08 am

It would be nice to see all of their expenses paid.

FlipFlopGirl Sic semper tyrannis
08/14/16 6:24 pm

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.

CdtLJM New Jersey
08/13/16 6:21 am

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

jmw7477 Indiana
08/13/16 1:18 am

I think they should get some form of payment.

smacc DunningKruger
08/12/16 10:40 pm

Why the hell not. They represent us. The idea is to show our best not our most privileged.

08/13/16 4:02 am

Because they have a lot of money already.

madconservative President Trump
08/13/16 6:12 am

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.

08/14/16 1:41 am

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.

smacc DunningKruger
08/14/16 3:31 pm

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?

08/14/16 11:48 pm

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

smacc DunningKruger
08/15/16 1:19 am

Then skip the olympics all together. Either it has value or it doesn't.

MKK San Diego
08/12/16 9:31 pm

The government supports everyone else, so why not! At least the athletes work hard and look to contribute positively to the country.

JulieB Texas Lake House
08/13/16 9:53 am

Sure. You can send your check to

Spiritof76 USA 1776
08/12/16 8:03 pm

Isn't that what they did in the Soviet Union?

08/12/16 6:44 pm

Only if they win. 'Merica are winners, not losers.

SHIPPY1944 Tn.
08/12/16 6:23 pm

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 !

madconservative President Trump
08/13/16 6:17 am

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

08/12/16 5:52 pm

The government has no money..they have to take it from our pay checks.

themahcrow Louisiana
08/12/16 8:12 pm

This. We're already supporting a lot of able body lazy people why should be support athletes too?

Centre Seattle Centrist
08/12/16 5:24 pm

They make enough from sponsorships and ads

j20strod Kansas
08/12/16 5:52 pm

Not all Olympians get sponsored. They actually have to work odd jobs and part time jobs to make ends meet.

bonemouth lost in the wilderness
08/12/16 8:01 pm

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.

bonemouth lost in the wilderness
08/12/16 8:03 pm

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.

phalnx Ohio
08/12/16 5:06 pm

They should. They're representing us, for Chrissakes...least we can do is enable them to compete with dignity.

rickvee Living the dream
08/12/16 5:11 pm

You must support military pay raises also?

erika348 Texas
08/12/16 5:30 pm

I support military pay raises but I don't support paying Olympic athletes.

Huge difference between the is willing to sacrifice their life for your freedoms.

pjo1970 Texas
08/12/16 9:44 pm

What the hell do you think the athletes are doing? Same exact thing but just in concept. Why are republicans such violence Nazis?

phalnx Ohio
08/13/16 4:46 am

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.

phalnx Ohio
08/13/16 4:49 am

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 :).

Korosensei Maine
08/12/16 5:03 pm

Yes they help foster international comparativeness and camaraderie but get almost nothing in return.

cato Santa Barbara, California
08/12/16 4:54 pm

No. The olympics are not important.

swjboucher Just Run
08/12/16 4:30 pm

No nor should they be taxed their medals.

08/12/16 4:19 pm

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.

rickvee Living the dream
08/12/16 5:12 pm

For working a part time job at a gas station? You're a good runner, here's $100K. Nope.

chickencookie Biden crime syndicate
08/12/16 7:42 pm

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?

08/12/16 4:19 pm

No but the people running the olympics should

ShawPPM1214 Washington
08/12/16 4:14 pm

No. But whatever kind of taxes their medals have should be paid off tho.

Liberty 4,032,064
08/12/16 3:26 pm

Of course not.

political Georgia
08/12/16 3:24 pm

No - but there prizes and medals should be tax exempted

chickencookie Biden crime syndicate
08/12/16 3:05 pm

Isn't that what Russia, China and Romania do? Or have they stopped that?

08/12/16 3:51 pm

Many countries do that in Europe too.

chickencookie Biden crime syndicate
08/12/16 7:33 pm

I don't know what goes on now but years ago the gymnasts didn't even live at home.

ApplchnZMB Chase Away the Hate
08/12/16 2:40 pm

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.

ApplchnZMB Chase Away the Hate
08/12/16 2:41 pm

Oops. Suppose to be a reply but oh wells

mc88 Cleveland OSU
08/12/16 4:13 pm

"The Olympics are for amateurs."

Lol ok

TheSocialist INTJ
08/12/16 2:37 pm

Have they contributed anything of value?

Crawdaddy11 Proud Firster
08/12/16 2:17 pm

Ya specially the basketball players those dudes live in poverty.

chickencookie Biden crime syndicate
08/12/16 3:03 pm

They stayed in a yacht surrounded by armed guards.

Crawdaddy11 Proud Firster
08/12/16 3:27 pm

Sure but back in the states those dudes are mostly homeless dudes

CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
08/12/16 2:06 pm

How? The government doesn't have any money. Oh you mean taxpayers

bluejayguy26 Principle over Party
08/12/16 2:23 pm

This should always be the response to the, "should the government pay for _____" questions.

Crawdaddy11 Proud Firster
08/12/16 2:27 pm

Should the government pay my tab after ten hours of top shelf drinks and lap dances at the strip club?

MyRedSkirt Cali
08/12/16 1:30 pm

Isn't that what brand sponsorships are for?

Laserbeam Back soon
08/12/16 3:47 pm

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shygal47 Florida east coast
08/12/16 1:19 pm

No. But I also don't think the athletes should have their awards taxed either.

getupbaby South City
08/12/16 1:49 pm

That should be a given. They aren't on US soil when they win, so how do they get taxed in the first place?

Senate101 San Diego
08/12/16 2:09 pm

I'm not sure, but I think there is a tax on income made in a foreign country.

Crawdaddy11 Proud Firster
08/12/16 2:23 pm

You are a senator and you don't know this? Recall vote now!

getupbaby South City
08/12/16 2:42 pm

It is. I had to read up on it. Athletes are being advised to start deducting training expenses and keeping their powerbar receipts!

getupbaby South City
08/12/16 1:14 pm

No. Screw the Olympics.

Volt Florida
08/12/16 1:09 pm

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.

ApplchnZMB Chase Away the Hate
08/12/16 1:02 pm

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?

08/12/16 1:17 pm

Yeah, they aren't as fun to watch when they are professionals. :/