Best Answer .. It is called economics .. After college, you could train for a year and get a teaching certification. For 99% of us, no amount of training would ever prepare us to play at a professional level as an athlete. You either have it or you don't.Why Athletes and Movie Stars are Paid More than Teachers:
If you have a problem with it, then just don't pay the athlete's salaries. Don't go to games or buy products that they endorse. Don't watch the games, because the networks earn money based on ratings. Use the money you save and hand it over to your teachers.
Salary is not a pissing contest between whose job is the most 'important' or 'necessary'. It is a function of the utility that individual provides. Yes, an education is worth more than a baseball game. But while less than 100 people at a time can partake in the labor of an educator, thousands (millions if you include TV) can watch one man play 162 games per year.
By looking at rational actions of the individual this truth comes to light. Another reminder that, when dealing with economics, aggregates tend to distort the inner workings of the market and lead to false assumptions about what people do and do not value.
Why athletes earn a lot (and teachers don't):
As we look around the economy and assign some level of importance to jobs, we see that pay and importance don't always seem to match. Jobs like school teachers, police officers, firefighters, and nurses – all performing essential work that we can't do without – are paid substantially less than professional sports players, nationally renowned entertainers and actors and executives of big companies. It makes many people, like my wife, wonder whether the job market is fair and logical.
.. we don't have a national economic dictator or governing board that sets what various jobs will be paid. Instead, we have a virtual economic “free for all” where workers and businesses are free to negotiate, accept, and reject job offers and demands.
In this setting, the determination of salaries is rather simple. Salaries will be set by the interaction of the demand for workers in a particular job and the supply of workers able to do that job. Jobs for which there is a high demand but there is a low supply will pay the most, jobs with a low demand and high supply will pay the least, and the pay of other jobs will be in the middle.
Rich Athletes, Poor Teachers:
Aspiring athletes get to be superstars because they have some type of rare talent. Top athletes can do things that mere mortals can't. Most have paid a heavy personal cost to get there. Many more try, but don't even come close. Only a tiny fraction actually make it to the big time. The level of ability and dedication it takes to be a superstar is, indeed, very rare. That rarity makes athletes the diamonds in the realm of professional endeavors. They have millions of adoring fans willing to pay money to see them. The supply is extremely low and the demand is extremely high. They command a high price for the same reason that diamonds are expensive.
All athletes, however, are not diamonds: some are rubies; some are quartz; some are coal.
Those who are not diamonds command less pay and may play at lower levels, farm teams, semi-pro or amateur leagues.
There are also different levels in teaching. While some are not called "teachers," they still need to be included for comparison. Some are called professors, consultants, professional trainers, public speakers, writers, etc. The level of pay for any of them depends on the perceived value of the skill each individual exhibits in relation to the skills of those that would replace him or her.
Hence, a renowned consultant or professor with a significant reputation, someone who is a popular writer or has taught many thousands of people, may actually make millions of dollars. He or she is just as much a teacher, and, though called by a different name, can be thought of as a superstar of teaching.