Great Debates: Athlete Salaries

Great Debates

Athlete Salaries

Duration: 60 – 90 minutes

Do professional athletes deserve the higher-than-average salaries they get, or do you think they are overpaid? Find out what your students think in this engaging Great Debates lesson!

This lesson is in the following categories: Great Debates

Target Structure

Debate Language


  • Roger Federer won $100,000 in the tennis tournament.
  • He earns a large salary working for Apple.
  • I made enough money selling things on eBay to take a trip to Europe.


Vocabulary from Text

  • bankruptcy
  • to struggle
  • earnings
  • career
  • to miss out
  • to opt
  • affordable
  • to cut back
  • to upgrade
  • reckless


  • Warm Up
  • Why are Athletes Going Bankrupt (reading)
  • Comprehension questions
  • Vocabulary matching
  • Win/Make/Earn (gap fill)
  • Debate