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5. Discussion:

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?

l. It's a short career - 18 years maximum - then you're finished as far as playing 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.

4. It requires a very high level of skill, which is only a very few people possess. They should be rewarded for that.

5. Julia 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.

6. More issues:

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?

Conversation Questions

  • Are you a good skier?

  • If so, when did you start?

  • How often do you ski?

  • Who taught you to ski?

  • Are you a good ___? (tennis player, basketball player, swimmer, ...)

  • Are you a member of any sports team? If not, have you ever been?

  • Are you good at basketball?

  • Are you good at sports?

  • What sports are you good at?

  • Do you often play sports?

  • Did your high school have a good baseball team?

  • Do you ever listen to baseball games on the radio?

  • Do you jog more than once a week?

  • Do you know how to play golf?

  • Do you like to exercise?

  • Do you like to ski?

  • Do you like playing tennis?

  • Do you like to snowboard?

  • Do you like to watch sports on TV?

  • Do you like watching car races?

  • Do you like wrestling?

  • Do you like ___? (insert a name of a baseball player, tennis player, etc.)

  • Do you play any sports?

  • Do you think athletes earn enough money, not enough money or too much money?

  • Do you think everybody should practice sports?

  • Do you think playing sports helps people work better as a team at work?

  • Do you think that parents are too involved in their children's sports activities?

  • Have you ever been skiing?

  • Have you ever been to a soccer game? (...a football match)

  • Have you ever played golf?

  • Have you ever been to watch a professional game?

  • Have you ever played tennis with your mother?

  • Have you ever tried snow-boarding?

  • How often do you exercise?

  • How often do you go swimming?

  • Where do you go?

  • Who do you go with?

  • How often do you ___? (play tennis, swim, go surfing, ...)

  • Is it good that professional sport is so commercial nowadays?

  • Were you on a sports team in high school?

  • Were you on any sports teams in high school?

  • How about junior high school?

  • How about now?

  • What do you think is the most popular sport in the world?

  • What do you think of pro wrestling? Thai kick boxing? Japanese sumo?

  • What do you think of women playing hockey professionally?

  • What do you think the top five most watched sports are in the world?

  • What is the most dangerous sport?

  • What is the most expensive sport?

  • What is the most popular sport in your country?

  • What is your favorite summer sport?

  • What is your favorite team sport?

  • What is your favorite winter sport?

  • What new sports would you like to try?

  • What sport do you think is the most dangerous?

  • What sport do you think is the most expensive?

  • What sports did you do in junior high school?

  • How about high school?

  • How about now?

  • What sports do you follow?

  • What sports do you watch?

  • What sports do you hate to watch?

  • What sports do you like to play?

  • What sports do you like to watch live?

  • What sports do you like to watch on TV?

  • What sports do you like to watch?

  • What sports do you think are the best?

  • What's a sport that you don't like? Why don't you like it?

  • What's your favorite baseball team?

  • What's your favorite sport?

  • Why do you like it?

  • How often do you play it?

  • How often do you watch it?

  • When did you start ___? (playing tennis, swimming, learning to snowboard)

  • When was the last time you went to a baseball game?

  • Where do you usually ___? (play tennis, swim, ...)

  • Where is the nearest stadium to your house?

  • Which do you prefer, baseball or volleyball? (..., tennis or golf)

  • Which sport would you not let your child play? Why?

  • Who do you think is the best athlete in the world? In your country?

  • Who is your favorite professional athlete? Why?

  • Who swims better, your mother or your father?

  • Would you like to become a champion at Wimbledon?

  • Would you rather go swimming or skiing?

  • How do you feel about extreme sports? Would you like to try any of these?

  • Does it bother you that people gamble on sporting events?

  • In some cultures, fishing is a sport. Is fishing viewed as a sport in your culture or solely a way of living?

  • If you had the opportunity to do away with any sport, what sport would you do away with? Why?

  • Which Olympic sports do you like to watch on TV?

  • Does your country do better at the summer or the winter Olympics?

  • Do you think that the Olympics are important, or have there been too many negative things (use of performance-enhancing drugs, corrupt judges) in recent history?

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Купріна Вероніка Анатоліївна

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