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Unformatted text preview: Discussion Match these sportsmen and sportswomen to their sports: 1. Michael Schumacher a. athletics 2. Tiger Woods b.tennis 3. David Beckham c. Formula One
4. Venus Williams d.football 5. Marion Jones e. golf All of these professionals are multi-millionnaires as a result of salaries, prize money, sponsorship and
endorsements. 0 Who do you think is paid the most? Why? Who is paid the least? Why?
0 Are they paid too much, in your opinion? 0 How much do the top sportsmen and women get paid in your country?
0 Who is one of the highest paid? Do you think (s)he deserves that salary? Reading Read this father’s view and decide which sport he is talking about. Can his criticism apply to sports in
general? IMMORAL EARNINGS? What in the world is happening to Billy Slater’s salary: $350,000 a year. And
professional sport? When I was a kid, it cost Matt Jerrold’s salary: $500,000 a year. Oh,
$5 to get a decent seat at the stadium, and and how could I forget Sal Ibarra’s new
my dad would buy me a hot dog and contract — $3 million over the next three
himself a beer which would bring the total years. cost to about $10. Where is the perspective here? What are Last Saturday I took my little boy to see the our priorities as a society? There are 35,000
Giants play. After the parking, tickets, homeless in this city who don’t have a roof
refreshments and souvenirs, l walked out of over their heads, clothes to keep them
there with $75 less in my pocket. Just ask warm or food to fill their stomachs. And we
me how soon I’ll be going back! are paying these men 6— and 7-figure
salaries to keep ourselves entertained! But it got me thinking: why am I paying so
Something’s gone wrong. much to watch a group of men throw a ball
around? And then i realised: l was paying Look back at the article and answer these questions with a partner: 1. What things did the man have to pay for at the baseball game? 2. Why does he say “Just ask me how soon I’ll be going back”? 3. What does he mean when he says that he’s paying the players’ salaries? Do you agree?
4. Why does he start talking about homeless people? Discussion 1. Do you basically agree with the man or does he have an old—fashioned, nostalgic view of sport? 2. Do you go to live sport events? What is the most expensive sports event you have been to? Was it
worth it? 3. Have you ever paid to watch a big sports event on pay-TV? If so, how much did you pay? 35 Sport and money. Taboos and Issues Language Read this text and underline all the expressions with ‘worth’: A UK FOOTBALL MATCH Going to see my football team is not cheap —
the cheapest seat is £20 — but I think it’s worth
it. Usually you get your money’s worth —
especially with our new centre forward,
Rivaldo. Apparently, he’s on £4 million a
year, but he’s such a brilliant player, I think
he’s worth every penny. Recently, I took my whole family to see a
game. There are some guys who sell tickets
illegally outside the stadium - they’re called
ticket touts — and you can get into trouble if
you buy from them. Normally, I would have
said that it’s more trouble than it’s worth, but Now complete the expressions with one word: 1.I . . . . . . . . it’s worth it. 2. You get your . . . . . . . . worth. 3. He’s worth every . . . . . . . . . 4. It’s more . . . . . . . . than it’s worth.
Discussion since I’d brought my whole family, which was
going to be very expensive, I thought it was
worth a try. So, I went up to one of these guys
and negotiated four fantastic seats for £80 —
quite a bargain for such an important game
and such great seats. They were actually worth
around £120. When we tried to get into the
stadium, we were told that our tickets were
forgeries! £80 down the drain! You can
imagine how we felt! So, we went back home to watch the game on
TV. My advice is never buy from a ticket tout.
It’s not worth the risk. 5. I thought it was worth a . . . . . . . . .
6. They were actually worth . . . . . . . . £120.
7. It’s not worth the . . . . . . . . How do you say these in your language?
What do you think ‘£80 down the drain’ means? The average professional footballer in the Premier League in England earns £400,000 a year — around
£7,600 a week. He trains, on average, for three hours a day and plays one or two games a week for 10
months of the year. This means he earns around £520 per hour. So, after one training session, he is
£1500 richer. For the very top players, multiply all these figures by 6 or 7. People argue that the following
reasons justify the salaries. Which do you think are good reasons? 1. It’s a short career — 18 years maximum —
then you’re finished as far as playing is
concerned. 2. Top players can’t go out partying and
eating and drinking whatever they want.
They have to look after themselves and be
highly disciplined. They have a severely
restricted social life for maybe 20 years. 3. Your career could end at any time through
injury. More issues 4. It requires a very high level of skill, which
only a very few people possess. They
should be rewarded for that. 5.]ulia Roberts gets $4 million to make a
film, so why shouldn’t top footballers get
similar pay? They are just like film stars. 6. Top players are high profile superstars who
can’t leave home without the media
following them. The money they get is
compensation for having no private life. 1. The men’s Wimbledon tennis champion wins £477,500. The women’s champion gets £430,000. What is
the reason for this? Women nearly always get less than men in sport. Why is this? 2. Some people think that money has ruined sport. People used to play for the glory of winning. Now they
are open to bribery and corruption. What would you do about it? Taboos and Issues : Sport and money 35 ...
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This note was uploaded on 11/19/2009 for the course ED 20314 taught by Professor Carolinaserna during the Spring '09 term at California State University , Monterey Bay.
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