Originally Posted by inneedofgrace
Meanwhile, professional (and non-professional) musicians continue to earn less, yet professional entertainers and athletes continue to make obscene salaries.
As for professional athletes, only a small, small percentage do make obscene money, and there is very little to no middle ground.
Look at American Football players, only 0.2% of high school football players make it to the NFL. Of those who do, the average NFL career is 3.5 seasons long. Which means for every player who plays 10 to 15 years, there are dozens of players who only play for a year or less. And if you don't make money in the nfl, there are only a few options, none of which play nearly as much.
And even the very best athletes in nearly every sport (outside of Golf) are generally retired by their mid-30's.
In Athletics, only the cream of the crop make money, and only for a short time.
In music, it's possible not be quite the cream and still make a living far longer than an athlete.
Although one tie in is we see numerous formerly high paid athletes and formerly high paid musicians end up broke due to poor money management.