Sports Best Paid Teams

May 17, 2011

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

1. average (n.) [av-er-ij, av-rij] – refers to a usual or common amount
Example: I spend $5 a day on an average.

2. surpass (v.) [ser-pas, -pahs] – to exceed in amount or achievement
Example: She surpassed the fastest runner in the marathon.
3. trend (n.) [trend] – a general direction in which something tends to move
Example: The economy is following an upward trend

4. wage (n.) [weyj] – payment that someone receives for his work or services
Example: Nurses abroad earn better wages.  

Read the text below.

In a report, players of the Spanish football teams Barcelona and Real Madrid are paid an average of more than $7 million annually.

The said teams surpassed the New York Yankees who are paid an average of $6.8million. 

In UK, Chelsea footballers are coming in at 6th spot in the pay scale receiving the highest pay.

Also included on the line up for the best-paid football teams are Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, and Arsenal which are all under the best-paying football league worldwide, Premiere  League.

Meanwhile, taking the fourth and the fifth place are basketball teams Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic under the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Considering the common trend wherein basketball and baseball players are known to receive the biggest salaries, the European football players are now continuously catching up.

However, the constant wage increase may result to changes with new rules by Uefa, the European football’s governing department.

In a yearly study done by Deloitte accountants, Real Madrid has been on the top of the richest football teams for six years straight now. The study done was based on a daily income from football business.  

Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor. 

Discussion A

·         Why do you think are sports teams paid big amount of wages?
·         If you were to be a sports player, what sport would you play?

Discussion B

·         What do you think should be the basis of the wages in sport?
·         Do you think sports teams should still receive a big amount of wages even if they lose in games/matches? Explain your answer. 

May 17, 2011